Last Modified on Sep 30, 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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[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.
[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...
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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.
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[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.
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[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.
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.
[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.
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[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.
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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.
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[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!
[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!
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[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.
[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.
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[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.
[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.
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[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.
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