Jock itch is also known as tinea cruris in medical terms and this fungal infection is caused by the fungus called trichophyton rubrum. This can affect both men and women; the common areas where it is seen are genital area, groin, buttocks, and inner thighs. However, studies say that these are more common in men; the primary causes of jock itch are excessive sweating, being overweight, wearing tight underwear, and weak immune system.
The area affected by jock itch appears bright red with itching, burning sensation and flaky skin. It must be noted that jock itch is mildly contagious, thus it is strictly advised to refrain from sharing personal things with others. Although not a very serious medical condition, it is indeed very embarrassing and uncomfortable. There are plenty home remedies that are very useful in treating this health condition and below given is the list of the same:
Tea Tree Oil
This oil has natural antifungal properties effectively treating jock itch and also many other skin infections. With deep cleansing and stimulating properties, tea tree oil also has antibacterial effects on the skin. It reduces the itching sensation and also the inflammation, giving a soothing effect. Take a cotton ball and dab a little oil on it to apply on the affected area twice daily. Continue at least for 2 weeks until the symptoms disappear! You can also mix few drops of coconut oil to tea tree oil. You can also add few drops of this oil to your bathing water.
This liquid has the power to kill the fungus that causes jock itch infection. Moreover, it is also a drying agent and keeps the affected area dry. Take a cotton ball and dip it in 90% isopropyl alcohol, dab on the infected area and let it dry there. Repeat this few times a day to find positive results after a week.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cidar vinegar is rich in antifungal and antibacterial properties that can cure a host of skin infections. Wash the infected area very well with clean water and apply diluted apple cider vinegar. To dilute it, you need to mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in two cups of lukewarm water. Do not rub, but let it dry on its own. Continue this for atleast three times a day, especially before going to bed.
White vinegar has remarkable antifungal and antiseptic properties. Take white vinegar and water in 1:4 ratio and soak a washcloth in this solution. Wash the affected area thoroughly with this solution and let it dry on its own. Repeat this twice daily until you see improvement.
Commonly used as a mouthwash, this liquid has excellent eliminating effects on fungal infections like jock itch and athlete’s foot. Listerine is actually an antiseptic, which also has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Take Listerine in a cotton ball and apply on the affected area. Initially it might give an extreme burning sensation but eventually the inflammation and soreness will subside. Do not apply this on open wounds.
Apart from the above mentioned home remedies, you can also get remedial effects from bleach, onion paste, salt bath etc. However, if these natural methods do not show any improvement, consult the physician as it might have got severe and needs some antibiotics.