Jock Itch (cont.)

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How do I prevent jock itch?

Jock itch prevention efforts include good general skin hygiene and keeping your groin clean and dry. The following preventive steps will help:

  • Wash groin and buttocks with soap and water after exercise and sweating.
  • Wash workout clothes, underwear, and swimwear after each use.
  • Minimize groin moisture by using white cotton underwear.
  • Change underwear frequently and especially after sweating.
  • Wash clothes and undergarments in hot soapy water.
  • Use loose-fitting cotton underwear and clothing.
  • Avoid undergarments with polyesters, nylon, or synthetic fibers.
  • Use an antifungal powder like Lamisil or Zeasorb to keep the groin dry.
  • Avoid fragranced or irritating creams or lotions on the groin.
  • Avoid going barefoot, especially at gyms, schools, and public pools.
  • Treat athlete's foot if you have it.
  • Cover your feet with socks before you put on your underwear and pants.

Previous contributing author: Nili N. Alai, MD, FAAD


Janniger, Camila K., Robert A. Schwartz, Jacek C. Szepietowski, and Adam Reich. "Intertrigo and Common Secondary Skin Infections." American Family Physician 72.5 Sept. 1, 2005: 833-838.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/25/2012

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