Home Remedy: Jock Itch

Ok, so it’s hot and sweaty outside and suddenly you’ve got an itchy red rash in your oh so sensitive bathing suit area. Not to worry, jock itch, also called tinea cruris or ringworm of the groin, is an infection of the groin area caused by fungus.  It’s pretty common since the body normally hosts a variety of bacteria and fungi. Some of these are useful to the body. Others can multiply rapidly and form infections. Jock itch occurs when a particular type of fungus grows and multiplies in the groin area.

Jock itch occurs mostly in adult men and adolescent boys but ladies can get it too. It can sometimes accompany athlete’s foot and ringworm. The fungus that causes jock itch thrives in warm, moist areas. Jock itch can be triggered by friction from clothes and prolonged wetness in the groin area (such as from sweating).

Jock itch may be contagious. It can be passed from one person to the next by direct skin-to-skin contact or contact with unwashed clothing.  Here are common symptoms:

  • Itching in groin, thigh skin folds, or anus
  • Red, raised, scaly patches that may blister and ooze — The patches often have sharply-defined edges and are often redder around the outside with normal skin tone in the center
  • Abnormally dark or light skin

If you have been diagnosed with jock itch or think you have it I stongly recommend you use a natural remedy like this:

Sit in a cool salt water bath twice a day.  The salt will help dry out and draw out the infection.

After, apply Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera Gel to the affected area.  These are both soothing skin healers as well as anti-fungals.  You can also try Chaparral Salve and Calendula Salve too.

When you get dressed use Squeaky Cheeks powder made out of clay to help keep you dry, even if you’re working up a sweat.

Definitely consult your doctor if you don’t start to see an improvement with in a few days.  The rash should clear up completely within a few weeks or less.

Also, limit carbohydrates  and sugars in your diet.  Eat lots of garlic and green veggies instead!

There are plenty of natural, homeopathic remedies that work well so check out your local health food store.

Keep yourself jock itch free by following these guidlines:

  • Keep the groin area clean and dry.
  • Don’t wear clothing that rubs and irritates the area. Avoid tight-fitting and rough-textured clothing.
  • Wear loose-fitting underwear.
  • Wash athletic supporters frequently.
  • After bathing, apply antifungal or drying powders if you are susceptible to jock itch.