Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Black Walnut Juice or Tincture
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Gold Bond Powder
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Petroleum Jelly
- Multiple Remedies
- Orange and Neem Oils, Borax and H2O2
- Oregano Oil
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Swimming in a Chlorinated Pool
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vitamins and Turmeric
Jock itch, aka tinea cruris, is a fungal infection that affects the warm, moist areas of one's body -- the inner thighs, buttocks and genitals. Jock itch causes a red, itchy ring-shaped rash.' The infection is often caused by the same kind of fungus that causes athlete's foot and occasionally ringworm of the scalp. In fact, an athlete's foot infection may spread to the groin, causing jock itch! While the condition typically occurs in athletes because they sweat a lot, anyone can get jock itch.
Home Remedies for Jock Itch
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|Rubbing Alcohol||12 YEAS|
|Tea Tree Oil||5 YEAS|
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 01/01/2013: Ning from Springfield, Missouri: "My husband had jock itch not very long ago and it looked real bad, it was very red and burning he said, he tried all the cream for jock itch, but anyway, I research here on earthclinic and I read Apple Cider Vinegar so I told my husband to give it a try, so after he shower he used about one half cup Apple Cider Vinegar and alum power ( 3x a day)and u know what after 2 days of treatment before he knew it was completely gone, Apple Cider Vinegar do wonders.. He is jock itch free for 2 days now. thanks again earthclinic..."Replies
01/03/2013: N.raja from Singapore replies: "Hai, Wher to buy apple cider vinegar in singapore, I want to apply on the jock itch skin"
12/08/2011: Acv Ftw from Yakima, Wa: "Short and sweet,
ACV cure my skin (fungal, I believe) rash in my groin area, mostly on the inner thighs. Red and blotchy, itched when scratched. Jock Itch I suppose? Applied it straight up, soaked on a sheet of toilet paper and as of now, 4 days later, its flaky and not inflamed any more, returning to natural skin color. Turned red and became a little more inflamed when applied, then subsided, also slightly burned. Garlic, Coconut oil and whatever else I threw on there didn't have as much as an effect as ACV. If it burns, you know it's workin.
REALLY WORKED WELL.
Thanks for the info.
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/27/2012: Yeastman from Poway, Ca, Usa replies: "Applied 2-3 times daily and took a 1oz shot twice daily for about two weeks. ACV relieved itchy sensation for a few hours when applied externally, but did nothing to reduce the problem. Taken internally it just rotted the enamel on my teeth.
It seems to work for sufferers of yeast infections, so possibly it depends on the strain of fungus or severity."
07/11/2012: Steve from Needles, Ca replies: "Well I did pure alcohol and worked so far but I think ill get more stuff because I have the foot and groin action going on. Clean every day. I went through a stage of depression and only showered 1 time a month if that. Now that I shower or bathe this stuff came out like a monster. Must have been dormant. I'll let you all know what works. Believe me I have the full action and it sucks."
[YEA] 09/16/2011: Jim from Deaborn Hts, Michigan: "This has probably been covered but will add my opinion. I had jock itch for years, gets pretty unconfortable during the summer. Tried using commercial stuff and alcohol but would be back next day. Then used one treatment of apple cider vinegar and it is gone. I wouldn't have believed it if anyone had told me but my own experience made me a believer. Try it."Replies
09/30/2011: Cody from Centurion, Gauteng replies: "How exactly did you use the apple cider vinager and how often?"
08/15/2012: Ed from Baltimore, Md replies: "Had this stuff for a couple years, tried about everything to get rid of it. Started to get much worse quickly, luckily I found this site. Cider vinegar gave some immediate itch relief. Pouring 1/2 cup of clorox bleach into bath water and soak for 10 mins is very effective. Air dry before getting dressed. Apply some athletes foot ointment then cover that with vaseline. About a week of that and it's almost gone. Also washed clothes sheets and towels in borax, no clue if it helped but probably a good idea."
Black Walnut Juice or Tincture
[YEA] 02/12/2013: Raindeer from Mt. Tremper, Ny: "black walnut for crotch rot: juice from hull of a black walnut applied at least 3 times over 3 days or more... stings.
or black walnut vinegar or alchohol tincture holds it in remission for a while."Replies
[WARNING!] 02/13/2013: Roec from Los Angeles replies: "OMG!!! Do not apply black walnut juice directly from the hull to any part of your skin undiluted!! It will cause a nasty burn and stain more like a wound that will last for up to 3 of 4 weeks.
While making a tincture I splashed a few drops on my arm and hand and it looked like a chemical burn which took some time to heal.
The black walnuts I use are the species native to southern California and may be stronger than the common English black walnut I'm not sure however, I do not recommend applying the juice from the black walnut as it also causes deep staining when the active substance Juglone is oxidized from air exposure. It will also stain your fingernails for weeks!"
05/03/2011: Martin from Summerville, Sc, Usa: "I've been having a problem with jock itch, and have read on this site, that Borax is a great anti-fungal. I bought some, and tried to wash in the shower but this stuff is like sandpaper. I bolded water and dissolved some, But, when it cooled down, It crystallized in the glass. Also, how much do you use and the time. I would appreciate any help because I have been suffering with jock itch for number of years and have tried every medicine the doctors have prescribed and a number of natural remedies to no avail."Replies
05/04/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Martin, I don't know whether this might help you but when my husband has it he uses the same cream he has for Athlete's foot and it helps him in a few days."
[YEA] 09/24/2010: Bigguy from Iowa City, Ia: "Tea tree oil worked for me on jock itch a couple of times where over the counter remedies failed. But the last time I tried it, I got a rash all over that wouldn't go away until I stopped using tea tree oil. Apparently, that is not an uncommon side-effect. A couple of weeks ago, I went for a run and kept my sweaty shorts and socks on while doing some yard work. By the end of the day, that old, familiar itch was back. Baah! After going through a couple of expensive tubes of Lamisil (and finding the relief to be increasingly fleeting), I found the discussion of Borax cures on this site. I knew that Borax was good for removing the mildew smell from old gym clothes, so I decided to give it a try. I dissolved about a cup of Borax in a big pot of hot water (maybe two gallons). I dipped a microfiber car rag in it (a wash cloth would do, if your wife doesn't mind you getting too familiar with it :)), and applied it to the affected area for a few minutes. Then I soaked my feet in the rest of the solution for half an hour. It felt great -- about a 60% improvement after one day, and 90% after two days. By day three, it's virtually cured, but I will keep it up for a few more days to make sure it's knocked out. There's no more itching or redness around my privates, and no more peeling skin on my feet. Be sure to toss a little Borax into your laundry to kill the tinea fungus on your socks and shorts. I also applied a bit of boric acid powder in the morning, as Wikipedia said it's effective for jock itch. I also figured that the alkaline Borax and acidic boric acid might deliver a 1-2 punch against any skin problems.
P. S., I have also suspended taking my hypertension medication (Lisinopril, an ACE inhibitor) until I'm sure this is cleared up. I found it would make me sweat more when exercising or eating spicy food. Staying dry is essential!"
[YEA] 02/18/2012: Tom from Pflugerville, Texas,usa: "I read the different methods and decided to try the Chlorine route. I bought a snack food in a container at Costco which was a wide mouth gallon size CLEAR PLASTIC container with plastic lid. I poured 1/2 cup clorox into the container and added water to half full and placed the container in the shower floor. ( now you know why it must be unbreakable plastic.) I did my regular shower routine of shampoo and soap and rinse. While still wet I removed the plastic lid of my container and fitted the wide opening over my affected area and did the old hully gully splish splash rock and roll to get the strong diluted clorox solution all over the jock area. I let the solution stay there for several minutes to soak into the skin tissue. I did not feel any stinging etc. Then I did a minimum rinse of the affected area in order to allow some of the clorox solution to remain. I put the lid back on the container ready for my next shower. I applied an alcohol hand cleaning gel on the affected area after toweling off. The gel alcohol helps dry the area and kills germs. I then applied a small amount of clear gel of anti perspirant over the area to help it stay dry till the next shower. I found immediate relief of itching and burning and after the third shower routine it was gone!"Replies
07/15/2012: Kc from Fairfax, Va replies: "Borax or chlorine...ouch! If you can stand that pain why not just spray tilex on your pvt area works to get rid of the mold in my shower??
Currently using Hydrogen Peroxide 2x daily with vineagar.... Takes the itch out right away, no sting/burn gone in 3 days... You just smell like vinegar."
[YEA] 11/19/2007: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines: "re: Jock Itch and Candida: I had jock itch for years and years - tried everything and nothing worked. When I moved from UK to the Philippines I started researching this problem. Interestingly I found out that jock itch was a well known expression or symptom of Candida which worried me. So, I looked for natural remedies for Candida and came across the humble coconut. Much of the current research on coconut oil may be found on this site: http://www.coconutoil.com/research.htm
So, the gist of this was that I started to take 3 tablespoons of coconut oil everyday. The results were astonishing. Not only did the jock itch disappear,my eczma disappeared, my bowel movements became more regular, I had less indigestion and I sleep more soundly now. I was so impressed, I now cook everything in virgin coconut oil - I think it is far more healthy than any processed vegetable oil on the market. I've since also learned that coconut oil has been used in baby food for the last 30 years and people in hospital with intestinal trauma have their food cooked in' coconut oil as a matter of course. The only other natural remedy I take is Ted's Alkalizing Remedy (Lemon + bicarb + water) which is available elsewhere on this site."Replies
[NAY] 01/27/2012: Yeastman from Poway, Ca, Usa replies: "Two tablespoons taken daily. Did not prevent symptoms from reoccurring, once I stopped OTC treatment."
[YEA] 06/15/2012: Dinee1 from Twin Falls, Id, Usa: "I was miserable for months with this problem! I actually had 3 drs tell me that I had "some" kind of fungal growth but they didn't know what... Had they never seen Jock itch?! They told me to try an otc cream, which I did, and nothing... Well, I ran across some pictures and realized that's what I had. I was suprised, not realizing that women get this too! I was in agony and it really was affecting my life, because I was always uncomfortable and thinking about it. Plus I didn't even enjoy intimacy anymore....
I found this website (which I think is wonderful! ) And although I tried the acv, and alcohol and they didn't work for me, it got me thinking and doing more research. I read how liquid silver is a natural antiseptic and disinfectant. It's been used with success to reduce infections w/ catheters and ventilator associated pneumonia, prostheses, etc. And I decided to try it. I applied it to a cotton cosmetic square and then wiped it several times a day on the affected area. In 2 days I started feeling relief! In 5 days the redness and infection was gone! I'm also making sure I change my towel frequently and put a towel down on the equipment at the gym, when I sit to be safe. I am so grateful to have finally found something that works..."
[YEA] 08/24/2011: Brian from Northampton, Ma: "I finally found something that keeps jock itch at bay. Preventing it seems to work better than any "cure" ever did. I just spray on Arrid Extra Extra Dry anti-perspirant every day or every other day and it stays away."Replies
[YEA] 08/10/2012: Thomas from Windsor, Vermont replies: "Used some basic unscented deodorant spray ($3) in my groin area today on top of my antifungal cream. Wow, what a difference! My groin stayed dry all day (it's really really humid) and all through my workout. Yesterday I itched and sweat like crazy... Today, no itch at all. Amazing."
[NAY] 08/12/2012: Blazemoney57 from Short Hills, New Jersey, USA replies: "WARNING- Do not use deodorant on jock itch, even if on top of antifungal cream, it will burn like heck and will do anything but make your day!"
[YEA] 02/20/2009: Frank from Brisbane, Australia: "I think I had jock itch for months maybe longer. I found a site which I lost which suggested deodorant for tinea. I had a rash on both legs starting at the groin and extending 3 inches down. It matched the descriptions, red and darker on the leading edge. I used my wife's roll on deodorant by smearing on a light coat each morning after my shower. It cleared up in less than 2 weeks, but it had an initial effect in the first few days. 3 weeks and there is now hardly any sign of it. I think most deodorants have the same ingredients."
[YEA] 01/18/2012: Shruti from Nagpur, Maharshtra/india: "Friends... Being a female.. I can tell u... Jock itch becomes more problematic.. As the monthly periods add more to the already worse condition of jock itch... It developed as a ringworm in my groin area... Later developed into big rashes.. Itching like hell... Suffered atleast for 4 full days.. Applied antifungal creams... No use.. Was hopeful that it will go by 6th day at least... But no.. It did'nt go... Out of frustration took 4 cloves of GARLIC. (had read in some website.. Garlic to be antifungal). Made a paste... Did not mix anything in the paste... Applied directly on the area of rashes.. It burned like hell... But I was ready to go thru any sort of pain to get rid of it... You won't believe... The itching is gone just in one application.. And hope that another one or two application will set me free... GARLIC REALLY WORKS..."Replies
[NAY] 01/27/2012: Yeastman from Poway, Ca, Usa replies: "Took 10 pills of 2000mg of garlic daily. Did not prevent symptoms from reoccurring, once I stopped OTC treatment."
06/27/2012: Healyourself from Raleigh, Nc replies: "Garlic only works when used freshly crushed. The two substances combine in the cell wall to form Allacillin. It will kill everything including MRSA. Dried garlic does nothing has to be fresh."
Gold Bond Powder
[NAY] 10/07/2012: Mark Degenius from Tenafly, NJ: "Don't waste your time with Gold Bond's. You will see it dissapear very quickly and then come back right away. Gold Bond only impacts the symptoms, not the underlying cause. I've been applying ACV 2-3 times a day to my scrotum over the past 3 days and the area of infection has become very inflamed and slightly scabbing. Not sure if this is part of the process but will try it for 3-4 more days."
[YEA] 11/18/2008: linda from Salem, Oregon, USA: "This has worked in my family for jock itch. Washing the area really well with a Tea Tree soap. Dry well and use GOLD BOND POWDER in the green bottle. It burns like fire for a few minutes but the next day the itching is gone. Do again the next day just to be on the safe side. Worked very well."Replies
[NAY] 05/04/2009: Ben from Bellevue, KY replies: "This product does not work very well, I have seek out everything possible otc and through my doctor. This powder only helps to dry and cool the area for about 10 minutes and then it is back to the pain."
[NAY] 08/27/2009: Christopher from Arlington, Ma replies: "I do not recommend using any powder that contains cornstarch in it. Not knowing what I had, I used Gold Bond powder and it made the problem much worse. And then to top it all off I bought a powder that's supposed to cure jock itch and it's main ingredient is cornstarch.
P.s. rubbing alcohol...very painful!"
[NAY] 08/05/2010: Wally from Cherry Hill, Nj replies: "Gold Bond doesn't work; it is ok if just starting to get symptoms, but once you get a bad case, I too think it makes it worse. Dr. Prescribed Econazole Nitrate Creme and it cleared up real fast."
11/26/2010: Thenewguyintown from Westwood, New Jersey, Usa replies: "I have had success with the goldbonds, however its the gold bottle that has worked best for me. The key is keeping it dry, use a blow dryer on the area after showering and dont forget the back door too! The moisture will definitely migrate to the front....."
[NAY] 06/22/2011: Geoffrey from Salisbury, Maryland, United States replies: "definate nay on this one, especially the blue/green bottle. Had jock itch and using this produce was like pouring sterno on the affected area (and of course washing it off just made it hurt even more) I did find that gold bond in the orange/yellow bottle while listing the same exact ingredients didn't have the inferno effect but did give some relief from the symptoms but not a cure"
[WARNING!] 02/17/2012: Fungaljungle from Duluth, Ga replies: "Gold Bond works great when used after applying a cream (lamisil or perscription strength). If your infection is serious do not use the powder by itself, because it won't do anything to fight the fungus and may even feed it because of the cornstach content mentioned above. There is no need for green bottle, the whole point of using it is just to maintain dryness... Don't rely on it for anything else other than keeping you dry. The extra stuff that comes in the green bottle isn't really needed to achieve this goal."
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 07/09/2012: Steve from Statesville, Nc, Usa replies: "Gold Bond powder did not cure the condition for me at all, though it does provide a very temporary relief from the itch. The itch relief wears off quickly, though the powder does seem to keep the area drier than normal. It also smells quite medicinal, probably not the best thing for a date night."
[YEA] 05/18/2009: JenCO from Birmingham, UK: "My husband used 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide (35 per cent food grade hydrogen peroxide diluted 1:10 with filtered water) sprayed onto his groin area, then left to dry, morning and evening. The spray did not sting in any way. The jock itch soon went away, and has never come back. This is an effective and cheap remedy."Replies
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 04/23/2011: Gary from Reno, Nv, United States replies: "Gary from Reno, NVI tryed this remedy for the same problem and it seemed to work for awhile. Then in a couple weeks the problem returned."