Jock itch, also called tinea cruris or ringworm of the groin, is an infection of the groin area caused by fungus. Jock itch occurs when a particular type of fungus grows and spreads in the groin area. Jock itch occurs mostly in adult men and adolescent boys. 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. It may be contagious. It can be passed from one person to the next by direct skin-to-skin contact or contact with unwashed clothing.
Symptoms of jock itch include the following:
.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.
.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.
Most of the time, jock itch is something that can be taken care of with home remedies. Do keep in mind that, most of the time, the jock itch home remedies can also be used to keep jock itch from coming about in the first place.
. The best home remedies for jock itch include bathing daily. Although this sounds simple, some people forget to do it.
. Keep moist and warm areas of the body clean and dry. Change your undergarments daily.
. Lather the affected area with dandruff shampoo leaving for 15 minutes then rinsing.
. Apply tea tree oil on the infected skin, it is a natural antifungal.
. Dust on some antifungal powder before donning any clothing.
. Include good quantity of garlic in your food. Garlic has antifungal qualities.
. Apply honey and garlic alternatively on the infected skin.
. Soak a washcloth in 2 tablespoons of bleach diluted in 16 ounces of hot water. Apply this to the affected area 3-4 times a day.
. Simply fill up the tub with hot water and add a large amount of salt. Soak yourself in the water for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the salt to dry out the blisters and soaking up excess moisture from the area. Repeat this twice daily for three days.
. Blend two cloves of garlic with one cup of olive oil. Dip some paper towels into this mixture and apply to the infected area.
. Apply freshly squeezed aloe gel from the aloe vera plant to the affected area to find relief from itching and burning, as well as to prevent further spreading of the rash.
. Apply a thin layer of tea tree oil, a germ- and fungus-fighting antiseptic, to affected area twice daily.
. Put 10 drops of tea tree oil into 2 tablespoons of Calendula cream and apply this mixture twice a day.
. Stir 2 teaspoons of fresh or dried thyme leaves into 1 cup of boiling water and steep for 20 minutes. Apply cooled thyme tea to affected area twice daily with a cotton ball.
. Stir 6 teaspoons of licorice powder into 1 cup of boiling water, steep for 20 minutes, cool and apply to affected area. Store remainder to use daily.
. Apply Listerine mouth wash to a jock itch with a cotton ball twice a day.
. Soak a teaspoon of sliced ginger root and a teaspoon of dried thyme in a cup of warm water. Keep it aside for a few minutes. When it cools down, apply on the infected area using a cotton ball.
. Simply add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water, and mix well. With the use of a clean washcloth dipped in the solution, gently dab the area with this vinegar mixture.
. Mix 2-3 drops of coconut oil with 4-5 drops if olive oil. Apply this over the affected area. It will work great combat fungal infection.