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Last Modified on Mar 15, 2015

Jock Itch - Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Medically termed tinea cruris, jock itch is a fungal infection that affects the skin of the genitals, inner thighs and buttocks. Often characterized by a red, ring-shaped rash, jock itch is often itchy and develops in the moist areas of the body. The name, jock itch, is derived from the people who most often get the condition – those who sweat a great deal such as athletes. Additionally, jock itch occurs more frequently in individuals who are overweight; however, anyone can develop the condition.

Jock itch is fairly common and presents typical symptoms and signs. Usually beginning as a reddened area of skin, jock itch typically develops outward from the crease in the groin and forms a half-moon shape on the upper thigh. A line of small, raised blisters may also develop along the edge or border of the rash itself. Itching, burning, and flaking or scaling of the skin are also common.



As a fungal infection, jock itch is caused by a specific type of fungus that is frequently spread from person to person or shared from the use of infected towels or clothing. Typically caused by the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot, jock itch can also be spread from the feet to the groin. Additional factors that contribute to the spread or development of jock include wearing tight underwear, being overweight, sweating heavily, having a weakened immune system and experiencing other skin conditions. Men are also more likely to develop jock itch.

Home Remedies for Jock Itch

While jock itch is an uncomfortable condition, it usually is not a serious medical or heath risk. Keeping the groin area clean and dry is important for getting rid of the fungus. Home remedies for jock itch including apple cider vinegar, black walnut juice and borax can offer relief. Colloidal silver is another natural cure for jock itch as are coconut oil and chlorine. Keep reading below for over 20 Jock Itch remedies from our Earth Clinic readers!


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Apple Cider Vinegar   5  0   

Posted by Ivy (Louisiana, US) on 03/03/2015

[YEA]  For apple cider vinegar, the easiest way to apply it for jock itch is go find yourself a clean spray bottle. I used one that use to contain facial toner so it's a very fine mist. Clean it out really well if it's not a new bottle. Then fill with your vinegar, some people recommend diluting it with water, but I find it takes longer to dry and it's less effective although it may sting more on really bad spots. I spray the affected area a few times a day and I take an extra min to let it dry and then powder down with talc. Be warned most baby powder these days is made from corn starch which can make your infection much worse as it becomes food for the fungus. I like the spray bottle because I can keep it in my purse with a travel size bottle of talc powder for when I have issues at work. Once you get past the sting of the vinegar, it becomes very soothing as it kills off the infection simply by being too acidic for it to survive, making it safe and effective.

Posted by Ning (Springfield, Missouri) on 01/01/2013

[YEA]  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...

Replied by N.raja
Singapore
01/03/2013

Hai, Wher to buy apple cider vinegar in singapore, I want to apply on the jock itch skin
Replied by Shuranda
Lancaster, Ca
09/07/2014

How do I use the apple cider, because I have used all the creams and foot powder and nothing has worked, I have it up under my breast and my inner thigh and it's real red and itches and burn, can someone please give me some advice on how to use the apple cider vinegar.
Replied by Thewind777
Mesa, Az
01/21/2015

[YEA]   Let me say a bit about why I think this is such a problem in the world. The overuse of antibiotics is what caused fungus, and yeast (Candida Albicans) to become so prevalent.

When I was a child, no matter what ailment I had my doctor prescribed Penicillin. When I was 5, I had a boil on my thumb (probably from sucking my thumb after I had a sliver because I remember it starting from a black dot).

After the Penicillin treatments, I had some kind of scaly skin behind my ears. I was given some ointment to put on it and it went away (don't know what the ointment was).

As time went along, I had more and more Penicillin treatments (as did my family). My brother used to have severe constipation (probably caused by all the healthy flora being destroyed in his colon). Our septic tank stopped working properly and Dad had to dig it out and drain the crap down into a hole in the ground (probably our dumping penicillin-filled crap down the toilet killed all the beneficial bacteria in the septic tank and caused IT to get constipated, you might say).

Later, in Jr. High, I started getting severe dandruff. Dandruff is a fungus that lives in your hair follicles.

Dad started getting scally stuff on his eyelids (it never went away, had it up to when he died). My Mother had a strange red rash on her nose that was called 'Rosacaea' (probably was yeast, I would now say).

I had a red rash that spread from where my glasses touched my face until it was all over my eyebrow area and nose.

I finally got rid of that rash when I was 50 by repeatedly applying iodine tincture about 10 times-per-day. The 'Psoriasis, or Rosacea' is now gone. Psoriasis and Rosacea shouldn't go away.

For almost 20 years I've been trying to repopulate by eating yogurt, taking Megadophilus tablets, eating no starch, no bread, no spaghetti, no sugar, no alcohol.

Whenever I eat anything with sugar, I have anger attacks. When I eat starch (particularly pancakes) I used to get very strange symptoms.

When I am exposed to fungus, I sometimes get light-headed and feel like fainting (probably aspergillus).

Recently found out that Citric Acid that is put in foods is made from aspergillus.

So, the yeast / fungus in the groin area is just a small symptom of a widespread problem. I call it 'The 40-year time bomb' because 40 years after people are given antibiotics is when the problem really occurs.

Candida Albicans yeast is the real problem. It finds permanent domicile in your colon. It has two forms, a ball-form where it is yeast... and a 'hyphal form' meaning it turns into a fungus which puts out roots that burrow into and through your colon wall, causing what is termed 'leaky gut syndrome'. After that, food passes through your colon into your body, then your body tries fighting the food as if it were an attacking organism.

How does one get that imbalance back in order? Well, it should have been done 40 years BEFORE by taking Megadophillus to repopulate immediately following the antibiotics. But nobody told me about it, and doctors still don't tell anybody about the problem.

Afterwards? It's very difficult to fight off the widespread attachment of a fungus to the inside of your colon wall that has sent roots through the wall.

And, if you ask doctors, they say that doesn't occur (photos don't show little to nothing. Might show a slight reddish hue to the wall of your colon. Nothing that alerts the doctor that there is any problem).

If you try killing off the stuff by taking things, the Candida dies, releasing alkaline, causing the atmosphere to be even more condusive to growing more Candida. Acidophillus means 'Acid-loving', meaning that it dies in an alkaline environment. More Candida grows, the shock of their death releases 60 toxins which cause a shock to your colon wall causing it to release L-Glutamine, which thins the wall of the colon.

Moral of the story? After taking antibiotics, repopulate with Acidophilus EVERY TIME and immediately.

One you have had this occur for years, don't immediately start killing it with full force - or you might set up an even better-to-have-Candida-thrive atmosphere in the colon.

"How does one regrow a tropical rain forest once it has been chopped down." is the problem.

So, you start by changing your diet from one which encourages yeast growth, to one which doesn't. Drop starches, stop eating spaghetti, stop eating sugar, eat more vegetables and fruit (which are both alkaline, but they don't feed the Candida, at least). Stop drinking alcohol.

Start eating yogurt, start eating things which discourage yeast growth (garlic in your food, oregano as a flavoring, coconut oil replaces all other oils, start supplementing your diet with probiotics).

Keep this up for 20 years. After 20 years has gone by... your health will improve. Candida will go away.

Once it is gone, eat tons of fruit. Keep eating it. Lots of raw vegetables. Learn what Candida doesn't like, and eat that.

Then you can start re-introducing 'complex carbohydrates' such as Rye Crackers which have nothing in the ingredients besides rye, for example. (but only after many years of eating a no-starch diet have gone by).

"Whole Grain" is all you should eat, afterwards. Never eat anything with flour in it, ever again. You don't need flour in your life, nor does one need alcohol. Alcohol is like taking an antibiotic, constantly. It is just the other way you are constantly taking an antibiotic and killing-off your intestinal flora. All alcoholics have yeast problems.

Things that help re-establish a proper balance:

Yogurt, only plain yogurt (no sugar).

Garlic, tons of garlic.

Coconut oil (has caprylic acid in it, which kills yeast and fungus). Sea Buckthorn Oil (keep in fridge because it goes rancid almost immediately).

Learn what else helps reduce candida growth in your colon.

So, your jock itch is a symptom. Oftentimes 'Jock Itch' is not Tinea at all, but Candida Albicans 'Yeast' (not only women get yeast infections, particularly if you were given tons of antibiotics). The real cause is antibiotics followed by doctors who are completely ignorant. Moral of the story? ALWAYS repopulate after antibiotics with probiotics. You'll save yourself a world of problems.

Replied by Thewind777
Mesa, Az
01/21/2015

[YEA]   Let me say a bit about why I think this is such a problem in the world.

The overuse of antibiotics is what caused fungus, and yeast (Candida Albicans) to become so prevalent.

When I was a child, no matter what ailment I had my doctor prescribed Penicillin.

When I was 5, I had a boil on my thumb (probably from sucking my thumb after I had a sliver because I remember it starting from a black dot).

After the Penicillin treatments, I had some kind of scaly skin behind my ears. I was given some ointment to put on it and it went away (don't know what the ointment was).

As time went along, I had more and more Penicillin treatments (as did my family). My brother used to have severe constipation (probably caused by all the healthy flora being destroyed in his colon). Our septic tank stopped working properly and Dad had to dig it out and drain the crap down into a hole in the ground (probably our dumping penicillin-filled crap down the toilet killed all the beneficial bacteria in the septic tank and caused IT to get constipated, you might say).

Later, in Jr. High, I started getting severe dandruff. Dandruff is a fungus that lives in your hair follicles.

Dad started getting scaly stuff on his eyelids (it never went away, had it up to when he died).

My Mother had a strange red rash on her nose that was called 'Rosacaea' (probably was yeast, I would now say).

I had a red rash that spread from where my glasses touched my face until it was all over my eyebrow area and nose.

I finally got rid of that rash when I was 50 by repeatedly applying iodine tincture about 10 times-per-day. The 'Psoriasis, or Rosacea' is now gone. Psoriasis and Rosacea shouldn't go away.

For almost 20 years I've been trying to repopulate by eating yogurt, taking Megadophilus tablets, eating no starch, no bread, no spaghetti, no sugar, no alcohol.

Whenever I eat anything with sugar, I have anger attacks. When I eat starch (particularly pancakes) I used to get very strange symptoms.

When I am exposed to fungus, I sometimes get light-headed and feel like fainting (probably aspergillus).

Recently found out that Citric Acid that is put in foods is made from aspergillus.

So, the yeast / fungus in the groin area is just a small symptom of a widespread problem. I call it 'The 40-year time bomb' because 40 years after people are given antibiotics is when the problem really occurs.

Candida Albicans yeast is the real problem. It finds permanent domicile in your colon. It has two forms, a ball-form where it is yeast... and a 'hyphal form' meaning it turns into a fungus which puts out roots that burrow into and through your colon wall, causing what is termed 'leaky gut syndrome'. After that, food passes through your colon into your body, then your body tries fighting the food as if it were an attacking organism.

How does one get that imbalance back in order? Well, it should have been done 40 years BEFORE by taking Megadophillus to repopulate immediately following the antibiotics. But nobody told me about it, and doctors still don't tell anybody about the problem.

Afterwards? It's very difficult to fight off the widespread attachment of a fungus to the inside of your colon wall that has sent roots through the wall.

And, if you ask doctors, they say that doesn't occur (photos don't show little to nothing. Might show a slight reddish hue to the wall of your colon. Nothing that alerts the doctor that there is any problem).

If you try killing off the stuff by taking things, the Candida dies, releasing alkaline, causing the atmosphere to be even more condusive to growing more Candida. Acidophillus means 'Acid-loving', meaning that it dies in an alkaline environment. More Candida grows, the shock of their death releases 60 toxins which cause a shock to your colon wall causing it to release L-Glutamine, which thins the wall of the colon.

Moral of the story? After taking antibiotics, repopulate with Acidophilus EVERY TIME and immediately.

One you have had this occur for years, don't immediately start killing it with full force - or you might set up an even better-to-have-Candida-thrive atmosphere in the colon.

"How does one regrow a tropical rain forest once it has been chopped down." is the problem.

So, you start by changing your diet from one which encourages yeast growth, to one which doesn't. Drop starches, stop eating spaghetti, stop eating sugar, eat more vegetables and fruit (which are both alkaline, but they don't feed the Candida, at least). Stop drinking alcohol.

Start eating yogurt, start eating things which discourage yeast growth (garlic in your food, oregano as a flavoring, coconut oil replaces all other oils, start supplementing your diet with probiotics).

Keep this up for 20 years. After 20 years has gone by... your health will improve. Candida will go away.

Once it is gone, eat tons of fruit. Keep eating it. Lots of raw vegetables. Learn what Candida doesn't like, and eat that.

Then you can start re-introducing 'complex carbohydrates' such as Rye Crackers which have nothing in the ingredients besides rye, for example. (but only after many years of eating a no-starch diet have gone by).

"Whole Grain" is all you should eat, afterwards. Never eat anything with flour in it, ever again. You don't need flour in your life, nor does one need alcohol. Alcohol is like taking an antibiotic, constantly. It is just the other way you are constantly taking an antibiotic and killing-off your intestinal flora. All alcoholics have yeast problems.

Things that help re-establish a proper balance:

Yogurt, only plain yogurt (no sugar).

Garlic, tons of garlic.

Coconut oil (has caprylic acid in it, which kills yeast and fungus). Sea Buckthorn Oil (keep in fridge because it goes rancid almost immediately).

Learn what else helps reduce candida growth in your colon.

So, your jock itch is a symptom. Oftentimes 'Jock Itch' is not Tinea at all, but Candida Albicans 'Yeast' (not only women get yeast infections, particularly if you were given tons of antibiotics). The real cause is antibiotics followed by doctors who are completely ignorant. Moral of the story? ALWAYS repopulate after antibiotics with probiotics. You'll save yourself a world of problems.

Replied by Timh
KY
01/21/2015

TW: Candida is probably the most covered topic here at E.C., and many people are receiving help after undergoing drudgery of infection like your personal testimony.

Bill Thompson has covered most every angle on this subject in his book Killing So Sweetly.

If I might quickly add some additional remedies to your list which have proven effective.

1. Zapping & Colloidal Silver combo rotation.

2. Turpentine or Kerosene http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/turpentine-kerosene.html

3. Kefir (said to be many times more powerful than yogurt)http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/kefir.html

Replied by Greta
AL, US
01/21/2015

I agree with you regarding the use of antibiotics and then, years later, getting yeast/fungus problems. I have had diarrhea since kindergarten--as long as I can remember. Prior to K, I had chronic sore throat/cough and had lots of penicillin. Then I had my tonsils out, so even more penicillin. The next fall, I started kindergarten and my lifetime of D. Now, in my 50s, I'm finally getting under control thru dedicated use of acv, coconut oil, probiotics and careful eating. I warn everyone I know about this problem, but they pooh-pooh me.
Replied by Thewind777
Mesa, Az
02/02/2015

HOW TO USE ACV TO GET RID OF YEAST UNDER BREASTS:

Realize that the problem is the version of Candida (the real name for what the doctors call 'yeast' on the surface of your skin). There are many different strains of Candida including Albicans, Glabrata, etc. many have a strange ability, and that is to root themselves through mucal membranes. This is why most antifungals can't get rid of them completely.

The longer you've had it, the harder it is to get rid of.

Under your breasts is sensitive area... but under ones balls is probably even more sensitive; so what you do with that, you should be able to do under your breasts.

You apply it full-strength applying with a cotton ball. You then let it stay that way for 5 minutes or so. Finally, don't rinse it off... just use a hair drier to dry it completely.

If you never had it before? Application of ACV three times-per-day with hair drying for a week might do it. As with killing bacteria, keep doing it long after all the symptoms go away.

At the beginning you might have severe reactions for the first few days because it is deeply embedded in the skin in the sweat follicles and such. Eruptions and even skin peeling might occur. It might look (and feel) like a sunburn. New skin will appear underneath it looking very good quality. If it is a sensitive area, this can not be good; but if you want it to really be gone - do it.

If it is just a surface yeast that just occurred; almost nothing will occur. The red will just go away.

It is basically diaper rash complicated by yeast so make sure it stays dry. NEVER use corn starch (which feeds yeast). Unfortunately baby powder has silicates in it, which causes black lung disease; so you also shouldn't use that for long (if at all).

91% alcohol dries; but can sting. I use it, though. Afterwards try using either 100% lanolin or Vaseline to keep out the water and condition the skin.

If the ACV, alone, doesn't work after a couple weeks; you might also buy liquid kaolic, apply it after you've dried with the hair drier. Then dry a second time, then apply the lanolin or Vaseline.

If that doesn't work, try using 1 Tablespoon Clorox bleach to 10 ounces of water. Let stand 5 minutes. Blow with hair drier.

Never start out with the strongest thing. Alternate with different things if it doesn't work. You can get rid of the redness; but still have the itch, for example. This usually means it is below the skin in its hyphal fungal form.

Garlic has a strange capability of passing systemically (throughout your whole body). Some say you can rub garlic on their feet and they can taste it on their tongue. Think of Garlic as a systemic yeast killer. Kill from inside AND outside.

Where to buy Apple Cider Vinegar? Go to Amazon.com and type ACV with mother or ACV unfiltered. You'll be paying $3 more per bottle than you would by just going to the local food store, though. Most food stores now have unfiltered ACV. They oftentimes don't say 'With Mother'... but if says it is unfiltered, it is brown like rust, and it is cloudy instead of clear - it has mother.

Replied by Thewind777
Mesa, Az
02/02/2015

Well, there are so many crackpots in the world. Sad enough, the biggest crackpots are conventional doctors.

Years ago doctors seemed to be following a scientific regimen. They weren't, but at least they seemed they were.

Over time, chemical companies took over - putting profit as the main driving force. We allowed 'side effects' to be part of the process. The 'side effects' got worse, and worse.

The concept of doctors, now-a-days, is give some horrible drug that has 16 known side effects (usually including psychotic behavior, thoughts of suicide or death) and don't think that's an insane thing to do?

Scientific studies show that when you combine drugs, side effects multiply, not add. So, take two drugs that have 16 side effects, each, you get 256 side effects.

Most old people now take 10 drugs, and they're oftentimes forced to take the drugs (because it makes it easier for the orderlies to 'handle' them). "Did we force-feed you your evil chemicals today?" is the question they SHOULD ask the person.

The thing they don't tell you is, oftentimes half of those also encourage Candida growth. Steroids, the Pill, others. And, 'Wide Spectrum' antibiotics basically means 'So strong it is next to getting chemotherapy as far as how it kills your intestinal flora'.

Couple that up with the fact that doctors tend to be SOOOOOO arrogant. Can't imagine why; because they are SOOOOOO wrong most of the time.

Sad that most things in the world can be handled by using simple things. Skin rashes, ringworm, athlete's feet, yeast, even bacteria growth... all should be handled with such things as bleach (look up 'Dakin's Solution'), Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother, 5% Hydrogen Peroxide.

Sore throats? Salt water gargle.

Pneumonia or bad phlegm? Water, lots of water and mustard plasters (learn how to do them. Better than anything.)

You recommended colloidal silver. It has to be remembered that silver is a heavy metal. Heavy metals kill bacteria and keep killing bacteria (the reason it 'works'. However, colloidal silver tends to stay in the body (look up 'silver people'). And once there? Very hard to remove it. Much better to use other things besides an antibacterial heavy metal to kill things (both inside and out).

Garlic, just chew on the clove. Eat one-per-day.

Gerd: 2 Tablespoons ACV with Mother (NEVER USE FILTERED clear Vinegar. Should be brown and cloudy. Shake before use) to 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to 1 second of squirting honey.

Turpentine, just a little of it in your lungs, causes what is called 'Chemical Pneumonia' (which it is very hard to get over). One should never gulp turpentine because of this.

I always say, if it is food - that is what you should take.

Exceptions to that? Hydrogen Peroxide (don't drink it, as some suggest, as it is the mother of all free radicals. That is it's purpose, you might say. Glutathione Peroxidase is going to have a heyday and run out of power trying to remove it from your body). But, on the outside? Good stuff, because all it is is pure oxygen. Oxygen is a deadly poison (even to us, that is why the body shuts down oxygen the more we gasp it in.) The thing it kills best, of course, is anaerobic bacteria (bacteria that needs no oxygen to survive). If it smells like a sewer, it is anaerobic bacteria. Gangrene is an anaerobic bacteria.

Moral of the story... conventional doctors are getting worse, and worse. Never take their chemical poisons unless you absolutely have to. And realize that they're almost always wrong.

I am 62 years old and last weekend I hiked ABOVE Massacre Falls in the Superstition Mountains. I've been cross-country by bicycle twice, have both a kayak on top of my SUV and a bike rack on the back. One should NEVER stop moving. I hike 5 miles a day. Yesterday I hiked up to some huge rocks on the East side of the Superstitions.

Use food to heal yourself. Use simple things to kill bacteria such as garlic, oregano oil, tea tree oil, kaolic deodorized aged garlic, salt water, bleach, 91% alcohol, iodine... the things people have used for years.

I've been to a doctor's about 3 times in my life.

Replied by Thewind777
Mesa, AZ
02/22/2015

Just as one added comment about Hydrogen Peroxide.

It is great at killing anaerobic bacteria (bacteria which needs to have no oxygen). However, it tends to increase inflammation. It is a bit too rugged. So, don't use it every day. It should just be a thing which is used if you think anaerobic bacteria might be the problem (as a quick mouth swish when things were caught deep in your teeth for days and you now have a slight toothache - didn't floss right or didn't water pic on time).

The right way of using hydrogen peroxide is with the use of honey. Honey has hydrogen peroxide at about 1000th the dose of 3% hydrogen peroxide.

I have stopped using ointments when I get a cut. I just use one drop of honey. When it's REALLY BAD, I use my really expensive jar of "Kiwi Kosher Pareve Manuka Honey - Bio Active 5+"

It reduces inflammation. Unfortunately, over time, old remedies for treating wounds proved not very good. Sometimes the old method is the good method, but sometimes it is the bad method:

Mercurochrome had mercury in it and was banned. Codeine used in everything until people found that it was highly addictive.

Turpentine used to be used in many things until people started getting chemical pneumonia from gasping it into their lungs.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14621050

Gentian violet was oftentimes used... which creates big open sores in many people. I tried it one time, and that exact thing happened. Also turns you purple. The purple bear: http://imgur.com/gallery/zFPKV

If one thing we are dealing with on this site is what is termed 'Mucocutaneous Candidiasis'... which is what really is the underlying cause of 'diaper dermatitis'... Here it shows that gentian violet can, "lead to irritation and ulceration".

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2819966/

And, a final mention about honey. Honey is a wonder. It is the only food which you can leave open on the table FOREVER without anything growing in it. Get any hints from that? No other food, including garlic, you can do that with. Garlic, even though they say it is antifungal, will grow fungus on it quite easily. Not so with honey.

http://www.academia.edu/2189571/Pdf_6_The_antibacterial_activity_of_honey_and_its_role_in_treating_diseases?login=thewind777@hotmail.com&email_was_taken=true

In brief: "Honey has an antimicrobial activity that is effective against all types of bacteria and some fungi. It is fully effective against antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria (the so-called "superbugs") It is effective against bacteria in biofilms and prevents formation of biofilms. The antimicrobial activity is partly due to the high sugar content and the acidity of honey, but mostly to hydrogen peroxide formed by enzymic activity when honey is diluted.

Some honeys also have antibacterial activity due to non-peroxide components. Manuka honey can have a high level of this. Some honeys have as much as 100 times more antibacterial potency than others. There is much clinical evidence for honey clearing infection in wounds. Honey is effective only when in localised contact with bacteria, not after infection has penetrated into the blood-stream. The antimicrobial action of honey is also used for treating eye infections and has potential for treating nasal infections, gum disease, gastroenteritis, fungal infections of the skin, and mastitis in dairy cows and goats"

Posted by Acv Ftw (Yakima, Wa) on 12/08/2011

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.

Much Love

Replied by Yeastman
Poway, Ca, Usa
01/27/2012

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   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.

Replied by Steve
Needles, Ca
07/11/2012

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.

Posted by Jim (Deaborn Hts, Michigan) on 09/16/2011

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Cody
Centurion, Gauteng
09/30/2011

How exactly did you use the apple cider vinager and how often?
Replied by Ed
Baltimore, Md
08/15/2012

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar, H202, Boric Acid   1  0   

Posted by Thewind777 (Mesa, Arizona) on 01/19/2015

[YEA]  I have tried just about everything on the planet. It never was red, nor was it visible much (if you spread the ball sack it would look shiny).

Best things which work to completely remove the problem over time:

I found that a combination of things, together, works well. Two that nobody has mentioned that can help: Kyolic Garlic liquid would work well. Apply, then let it dry with a hair drier.

ACV, full-strength, applied three times-per-day which has 3 cloves of garlic cut in half put into the bottle.

35% Hydrogen Peroxide mixed 2 teaspoons of 35% to 15 teaspoons of distilled water. Apply, let it stand a few minutes, blot dry, hair drier, or rub until dry. This makes a solution which is a bit stronger than 3% (about 5%); but doesn't burn you.

WARNING! Always keep 35% in a plastic bag in the fridge. If you were to ever drink it, you would die a horrid death. When you mix it, treat it like it's battery acid. It causes thick white burns that are painful. Mix it over the sink and shake the bottle afterwards, washing off the outside of the bottle and drying it completely.

After it is mixed up, mark it clearly and put the dilution strength on it with a Sharpie Marker. Use it at least three times-per-day.

Alternate with 70% or greater Alcohol. Remember that proof of alcohol is twice the percentage of alcohol in the bottle. So, get 180 proof Jamaican Rum if you can find it.

Dust lightly with Boric Acid. You can find it in the insect killing area because it is used to kill cockroaches. Many are scared of Boric Acid... but they say it isn't much more poisonous than Baking Soda is.

Borax is NOT Baking Soda. It is related to it, but it is not Boric Acid.

Then, after you have thoroughly dried the area... apply 100% lanolin to the area. Lanolin does NOT wash off and stops all oxygen to reaching the fungus. Works better than Vaseline because it just can't be washed off and is thicker than Vaseline.

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Methods I'd stay away from? NEVER use 35% Hydrogen Peroxide, straight from the bottle (Unless you love chemical burns on your balls).

NEVER use straight Thyme Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Peppermint Oil or Oregano Oil on your private parts, period (unless you LIKE extreme pain, your balls contracting severely from the excruciating pain, with nothing that you do to try and wash it off working and the skin peeling off extremely tender balls for three days as it heals to occur). Even diluted oils of these types is NOT recommended. If you can get rid of the problem with things which don't burn and sting, why use things which burn and sting and give you a third-degree burn on your private parts?

Do these things three times-per-day and alternate treatments. Keep it up for a couple weeks, way past when the itching goes away.

Then, when you go camping, take a small bottle of ACV with you, some powdered boric acid in a tiny ziplock bag (you can get 1" x 1" bags on-line). and take a tiny bit of lanolin with you in another bag.

If you ever go swimming in water holes, this can start up itching quite quickly. After sex, after swimming in any water supply that is not chlorinated, after camping and sleeping in your sleeping bag for hours... Apply the vinegar, let it dry. Put the boric acid on it. Cover with lanolin. Go to sleep. Do it again when you wake up.

Black Walnut Juice or Tincture   1  0   

Posted by Raindeer (Mt. Tremper, Ny) on 02/12/2013

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Roec
Los Angeles
02/13/2013

[WARNING!]   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!

Borax   1  0   

Posted by Merk (Frigid, Land O' Ice) on 06/26/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Jock Itch: Buy a box of Borax (the old "20 Mule Team").

Fill an old pill container with the borax and store the rest of the box. A whole box of Borax will be enough to last many years.

After your shower, while the skin is still damp, dip a finger in the jar of Borax and dab it on the affected areas. If fungus is in the groin area, one finger dip per side. You need very very little of this stuff, a small pill bottle full lasts me months.

Fungus thrives in dark, damp high pH environments. The Borax is boric acid and applying this to the skin lowers the pH of the skin making it slightly acidic (the way skin should be) and inhospitable to the fungus.

Do this once a day after your shower and continue as an everyday routine. The athletes foot or jock itch will be gone in about two days. However, if you skip a couple of days it will come roaring back.

Replied by Lori
North Carolina
03/18/2014

Borax is NOT boric acid. Borax is a form but has a different chemical make up.

Posted by Martin (Summerville, Sc, Usa) on 05/03/2011

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.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
05/04/2011

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.

Posted by Bigguy (Iowa City, Ia) on 09/24/2010

[YEA]  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!

Chlorine   2  0   

Posted by Tom (Pflugerville, Texas,usa) on 02/18/2012

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Kc
Fairfax, Va
07/15/2012

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.

Replied by Crotchcalm
New York
03/18/2014

[YEA]   I have had this nonsense come back year after year as soon as it gets 70 degrees or higher... and God knows it can get very hot in NY and with humidity that is off the chart. I ride a motorcycle, bicycle, work out at the gym 6x per week, but when it hits .... is causes such distress that I cease almost all activity until October when it cools down. I had become very self conscious about the condition, I didnt want to be intimate with my wife as I couldn't stand the friction or the heat. >:-( .

I tried everything for the past 20 years... and steroids kept it at bay, but it never stopped. I came across this site and read what others had tried. The one thing I hadn't done was the bleach diluted 60% water 40% bleach.

I showered as usual with my favorite soap and rinsed, then used the mixture. Within seconds of applying the itch stopped, I let it remain for about 1 min then rinsed thoroughly...if your skin feels overly slick, you need more rinsing., or you can dilute the solution even more.

Make sure you dry completely...can't believe how well I sleep now.

Use caution of course and common sense, don't mix bleach and soap at the same time. Good luck

Replied by Cormac
Dublin, Ireland
09/25/2014

I concur with this. I'm waiting for my own post about this to be approved! I had severe jock rash for the last three weeks. After trying tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar and crushed garlic (all of which did nothing), I went to the pharmacy. They gave me an anti-fungal cream (Daktarin) which caused me to flare up and really exacerbated the rash. It's ludicrous to put a moisturizing cream on a fungal infection as moisture is precisely what fungus needs to thrive. Last night however, I went for a swim in the local pool. Now the rash is virtually gone! Chlorine was the answer for me :-)

Coconut Oil   2  1   

Posted by Andeng (Philippines) on 09/25/2013

[YEA]  I had a recurring problem with jock itch in my inguinals for almost 20 years now esp. During my menstrual period. Even with proper hygiene, it didn't stop from bothering every now and then. I went to a dermatologist and I tried over the counter ointments like Quadriderm but it only gave me relief for as long as I apply it. I found out eventually that the STEROIDS present in those types of ointments were causing my skin to be ADDICTED to it as I buy tube after tube (for short relief) but once I stopped using the ointment, the jock itch came back to its original state. I came across this site a few years back since I wanted to try a cure and not a RELIEVER and preferably NATURAL this time. I first tried rubbing alcohol on the area but only experienced a burning sensation causing the area to have a watery discharge so I stopped. I tried applying raw garlic but also felt a burning sensation and eventually suffered a discoloration/patch on the area. I stopped and then tried an anti-dandruff shampoo, the effect was a cooling sensation but nothing really changed. I tried applying Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in water 3x daily and felt a relief however, I wasn't fond of the faint sour smell and the fact that I had to dry it out before I wear any underwear, the itch would never cease to irritate me even at night making it difficult for me to sleep. While I was trying out the aforementioned remedies, I also made sure that I cut down on sugary food and drinks since fungus apparently thrive on sugary diet. The soreness would stop for a short while only then I had to reapply the ACV which I find tedious and smelly. I was on the brink of hopelessness.

Finally, as one had suggested on this site, pure Virgin Coconut Oil... I bought an Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO), the one that has no preservatives and had not undergone any procedure, from the nearest organic store in our area. And instead of taking it as instructed, I applied the oil generously on the area 3x daily. It wasn't smelly like ACV and I noticed the oil soothed my skin and that I don't even have to dry it out. The soreness had lessened gradually esp. At night and being happy with the results, I continued dabbing it on the area and incredibly after 3 weeks, it was totally gone! The rough scaly patch of dark skin that was caused by the different remedies I've tried recently had turned smooth. I still continued to apply the EVCO even though the area was completely healed as I believe in the wonders of Coconut on our skin. Miraculously, I've been jock itch free ever since! The dark skin slowly lightened. I believe the healing process could have been faster if I had also taken 1 Tbsp of EVCO at the same time that I was externally applying it on the area. I also believe that even if the EVCO effect wasn't as immediate as the other natural remedies that some have claimed, EVCO certainly was working slowly but SURELY on my skin making sure the root cause of the fungus would be eradicated. It has been 6 months since I started using EVCO and now I am also taking a Tbsp. before meals to boost my immune system. I also use it as my face and body oil for moisturizing. I think it really helps to have patience in healing ourselves, healthy diet and trust that Mother Nature works best in healing us-even before pharmaceutical companies had ever come into existence. I share this great healing experience to those in dire need of hope just as I was before I found this site.

Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 11/19/2007

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Yeastman
Poway, Ca, Usa
01/27/2012

[NAY]   Two tablespoons taken daily. Did not prevent symptoms from reoccurring, once I stopped OTC treatment.

Coconut Oil, Borax   1  0   

Posted by Bob Just A Little Old Winemaker (Memphis) on 09/30/2013

[YEA]  I'm just trying to get back here and place my vote for the remedy to jock itch. Turns out that rubbing a little coconut oil into the affected area and just a pinch or so of borax granules hit the spot. Quite literally.

Colloidal Silver   1  0   

Posted by Dinee1 (Twin Falls, Id, Usa) on 06/15/2012

[YEA]  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.

Deodorant   3  1   

Posted by Brian (Northampton, Ma) on 08/24/2011

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Thomas
Windsor, Vermont
08/10/2012

[YEA]   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.
Replied by Blazemoney57
Short Hills, New Jersey, USA
08/12/2012

[NAY]   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!
Replied by Josh
Houston, Tx
06/20/2014

[SIDE EFFECTS]   I don't believe you are going to get rid of jock itch without burning. Almost everything that provides relief burns including OTC sprays.
Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, TN
06/20/2014

Hi, this is rude and crude, but works.

First jockey itch is a fungus. It can come from Candida or the sweat from your fanny. I sweat and learned that if that sweat is absorbed and does not flow into my crotch then I do not have this problem so I daily pack my fanny with tissue. If I do have a problem, then I spray with Dr Tishnors Antiseptic. This formula evolved from a Louisiana doctor during the War Between the States. A great story that saved lots of lives.

I have had poor results using Big Pharma stuff, but I don't like those B______s! , so it may be a mental thing. And yes it burns.

======OLE ROBERT HENRY=====


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