I have suffered with this for years tried all sort of creams from doctors, specialists etc none worked I do cycle and walk a lot, whilst on Holiday in Armenia very hot country and sight seeing etc I was extremely uncomfortable went to a local chemist she told me to use apple vinegar, I just tried it first time it was burning for 20 second and the painful irritation just Disappeared like magic have been using it for three days now the dry skin has gone no more stinging as I put on I am so amazed wanted to share this with everyone. Also had dry skin and rash on two of my fingers that has gone too.
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.
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.
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...
New York, New York
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
Poway, Ca, Usa
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.
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.
For jock itch: I have used ACV and tea tree oil.
I have found that a combination of Apple Cider Vinegar and 91% alcohol knocks it out quickly. Spay it on after your shower and let it dry. Spay it on before going to bed. Then the same regimen the next day. By the third day it is just about gone. Continue the treatment for 2 weeks to make sure you got it all.
Spray your feet also, just in case there is some hiding in between your toes.
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.
Jock Itch - Bleach, then ACV, then hair drier.
Use old, cleaned-out, peanut butter jars.
Mix 1 tablespoon bleach to 1 cup water. Label jar with Sharpee marker.
Mix 1 tablespoon ACV to 1 cup water. Label it.
Take 1/2 cotton-ball and rub bleach mixture all around affected area. Set timer for 5 minutes.
Neutralize bleach with ACV on 1/2 cotton-ball. Let sit 10 minutes, then dry with hair drier set on low or no heat from 2 feet away (don't burn them, ouch! )
Repeat 3 times per-day for a week. Although you'll see immediate improvement, keep applying three times per-day to eliminate problem.
Yea for borax! I get occasional jock itch, for me it is associated with exercise/sweating and then not changing soon enough. After reading all of the Earth Clinic suggestions I tried this one and it works wonderfully to control the problem: apply straight borax powder to the affected area. I now keep a small spice jar with borax in my bathroom and use when needed.
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.
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.
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
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!
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!