Most men know that burning and itching are common symptoms of jock itch, but how to get rid of jock itch is less common knowledge. Though it is much more common in men, women can also get it, and it is equally uncomfortable. Regardless of your gender, here are the steps to diagnose and get rid of jock itch.
- Diagnosing Jock Itch First of all, let’s make sure what you’ve got is really jock itch. Are your genitals, inner thighs or anus red and itchy? Is there any flaking or peeling? What about burning sensations? These are all big red arrows pointing to jock itch. If you’ve got most of these symptoms, keep reading. If not, check with a physician so you can get correctly diagnosed.
- Home Remedies Ok, so you’ve got jock itch. Now let’s talk about how to get rid of it. The fungus that causes jock itch finds anti-dandruff shampoo particularly inhospitable, so a good wash with it might just kill off the fungus. Since many people have anti-dandruff shampoo on hand, this is a convenient way to keep jock itch under control. It works best for mild cases.
- Natural Treatments Before dropping big bucks on over-the-counter or prescription anti-fungal creams, try some natural remedies. These treatments are better for your body, too, and less likely to cause skin irritation. Tea tree oil is the best natural all-around anti-fungal out there. Other natural treatments that are less tested than tea tree oil are diluted vinegar, garlic and coconut oil. With all three of these options, you would apply it directly to the infected area.
- Over-the-Counter Solutions If cooking ingredients just aren’t cutting it for you and your crotch, try an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream. Check with your doctor if you have any concerns about using it. To apply, clean and dry the infected area first. Apply daily, using enough cream each time to wet the entire area. Let it dry before putting on underwear. It should start working within about a week, but keep applying it for several days after the symptoms have subsided.
- Talking to a Doctor If natural remedies and over-the-counter topical creams are not working, talk to a physician. There are prescription anti-fungal creams that are stronger than the over the counter options. There are also anti-fungal pills that wipe out even the most severe cases of jock itch, but these are only used as a last resort as they have more serious side effects than other treatments. Talk to your doctor and decide together what treatment option best fits you.
- How to Not Get It Again At last! Your crotch comfort has returned. To keep it away for good, remember that jock itch is a fungus and likes moist areas. Refrain from wearing tight underwear and make sure you wash your athletic cups regularly. Jock itch can be transmitted or passed along during sex. Remember that this doesn’t just mean intercourse – oral sex, hand jobs and any other contact with the infected area is a high risk behavior. Avoid any cornstarch-based powders to keep your groin dry as fungi are big fans of cornstarch. Shower regularly and when you’re at the gym, always put a towel down before you take a seat. Most importantly, make sure to treat your jock itch at the first sight of an outbreak. It's always easier to treat when it's just beginning.