Jock Itch Remedies

| Modified on Jul 29, 2021

Rubbing Alcohol
Posted by Sam (Usa) on 07/29/2021
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Is it just me or does rubbing alcohol causes blisters? I have been using it for 2 days ..not sure if it is gonna work.

Rubbing Alcohol, Anti-fungal Supplements
Posted by Sarita (UK) on 02/05/2020
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For jock itch, you have to change your diet and take oral anti-fungals.

Chronic jock itch (as opposed to acute) is a serious matter, as you know. It spreads under the skin. Topical treatments alone will never get rid of it (as you also know). I am currently on a candida diet and taking an anti-fungal formulation.

Rubbing alchohol cleans/kills fungus on the surface of the skin so is valuable before applying anything else topical.

At the moment I'm alternating between Silver & MSM cream from Amazon (lasts 12 hours), and an intimate hygiene spray (amazing for itching). I hardly itch any more except at night if I let my groin get too hot OR if I eat carbs.

Resistant carbs seem to be okay (potatoes/rice that have cooled and are then either reheated or eaten cold) I also treat a larger area than where I have itched, which is crucial to do (as it spreads invisibly under the skin). I am also washing my underwear and sheets etc at 60 and changing everything daily. And using alcohol to disinfect the surfaces of the topical treatments I use. Good luck!

Posted by Joel (United States) on 05/16/2019

Update: I tried the Benzoyl peroxide. It did not work.

Posted by Joel (United States) on 04/26/2019
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I've tried all kinds of remedies for Jock itch. Only thing I haven't yet tried is the Benzoyl peroxide. That looks like a good idea. What I have found is that many things work for a while (for this stubborn fungus I got, not the common type I had before)... but then the fungus adapts. Anyway, I discovered that fresh urine instantly takes away the itch and the relief lasts for hours. The more I soak my area in fresh urine, the longer the relief seems to last.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Bob (Vancouver BC ) on 02/27/2019
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Jock Itch Remedies: ACV doesn't work, rubbing alcohol doesn't work, hydrogen peroxide burns little sores on your scrotum but doesn't work. I've washed with lemon grass soap, anti dandruf soap, anti fungal soap to no avail. The over the counter jock itch cream and spray didn't work. I'm going to try the borax one next.

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Tiffany (Sydney, NSW) on 12/01/2020
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This happened to me exactly, took itch away so I thought it was getting better, but made it much worse.

Ammonium Chloride
Posted by Steve (United States) on 09/06/2020
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I have had jock itch for several years and nothing seemed to help. I tried all the over the counter creams, ACV, Hydrogen Peroxide, epsom salts, pretty much all the rememdies I could find and nothing worked. Some would help a little but didn't last long. I read your post on Ammonium Chloride and thought, I tried everything else so I might as well try this. It worked immediately. The first time I used it, it burned liked crazy but only for a few moments. It really only burned the first time I used it. But, it began to work immediately. No itch at all the whole day. I am now on day three and have had three days of NO itch what so ever and no burn. This really does work. It has been years since I have not had to deal with the crazy itch everyday. Thanks for positing this one. It works like a charm.

Posted by Joel (Pa) on 10/24/2018
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DMSO diluted 1:3 or so in water cured my terrible jock itch. I tried every remedy on Earthclinic but only DMSO cured it. With just one or two applications it was gone. No burn or pain either. Not sure why nobody else knows about this. I actually put some magnesium chloride in my mixture but pretty sure that was not the reason it worked.

Just soak your area in the dmso water, rub it in real well... leave it on like that at least 5 minutes before rinsing off.

Posted by Biz (New York) on 09/17/2018

@Fina: Actually urine's main ingredient is ammonia with traces of sulphur. The guy is on to something.

Rubbing Alcohol
Posted by Flower's Mom (Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm) on 08/09/2018

After washing sheets, towels, underwear, etc. I always hang them outside and let the sun dry them. The sun will kill will kill any remaining fungus and/or germs, that remain after washing. It is wonderful how Mother Nature has provided us with this resource. Best of healing and health to you. Flower's Mom

Rubbing Alcohol
Posted by Terry (Florida) on 08/06/2018

Hey man, I read your post and you said your jock itch isn't completely cured w the alcohol. Here's the thing, fungus stays on your underwear and clothing bleach won't irradicate it completely. I recommend that you let any clothing that has or could be exposed to your jock itch to be sanitized in this manner:

First use boiling hot water then add a cap of lysol laundry disinfectant to the washing machine. Let it soak (after) its run through the wash cycle for 15 minutes. After 15 to 20 minutes turn your machine back on. When the machine goes through the final rinse cycle use the lysol again in the final rinse, like the lysol instructions say. The heat itself may kill the fungus but it seems the added lysol has prevented flare ups from exposure to contaminated underwear and clothing for me.

91% alcohol will then be enough to completely kill off your genital fungus. Thing is we reinfect ourselves with towels, underwear, even paints that have come into contact with your fungus groin. If in doubt poor a little extra 91% on your groin to wear your clothing that's going to come in contact with you soaks up the excess. Again I've found that clothing and towels will reinfect you very easily. Fungus is hard to kill off for this reason.

Baking Soda
Posted by Paracelsus (Orlando, Fl) on 07/04/2018 45 posts
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Baking soda for jock itch and all fungal infections:

I have had jock itch on various occasions and have been able to easily and quickly resolve the fungal infection with sodium bicarbonate aka baking soda. I either pour a mixture of water and baking soda on the affected area or paste some powder directly on the area. In order to prevent a recurrence I eat yoghurt or supplement with probiotics. I also would drink some baking soda and/or acv.

Baking soda is a very powerful antifungal and can take care of all fungus including athletes foot and yeast infections. It is also used to fight fungus associated with cancer. Dr. Simoncini from Italy cured many cancers with just sodium bicarbonate.

Since many people suffer from fungal infection after being treated with antibiotics, it is important to regrow the beneficial bacteria in your gut with probiotics.

Benzoyl Peroxide Cream
Posted by Ed (Houston, Tx) on 06/27/2018
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Jock Itch Cure...??

I have used all the over the counter antifungals to no avail. I know H202 was a good astringent for Jock Itch. However, I used Benzoyl Peroxide 10% cream (acne treatment) and within 2 days my severe rash was diminishing quickly. The Itch and smell was just about gone. At 6 days it was evident that this was the best treatment. At $2.60 a tube (generic brand) I can walk again!!!

Hydrogen Peroxide, Petroleum Jelly
Posted by C.c. (San Jose, Ca) on 06/24/2018
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I have used heavy petroleum many times.

Lemongrass Oil
Posted by Joel R. (Philadelphia, Pa) on 03/25/2018
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Jock Itch:

What worked for me was lemongrass essential oil diluted into a carrier oil (best is squalane but maybe any will work). How dilute to make it depends on how sensitive your skin is, which partly depends on how bad the fungus is. At first, make it pretty dilute, like maybe only 20% lemongrass oil. As your fungus goes away you will be able to increase to 60% or even 70% lemongrass oil.

Apply it 4 times daily or more. If it burns like hell then dilute it more. It should burn just a little bit if your fungus is bad.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Joel R. (Philadelphia, Pa) on 03/25/2018
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Awful. I tried coconut oil for about 4 days before giving up. It was about as effective as using canola oil. Basically any oil will tend to help a little bit since it deprives the fungus of moisture, but my fungus just seemed to go a bit dormant, then grow like crazy once it found any moisture.

Posted by Rune (England) on 03/11/2018

Hi, I just tried the direct garlic application, I've suffered jock itch for years, god knows how many at this stage. Also had all the usual over the counter and numerous Doctor visits all giving the same result. The over the counter creams are for me, a complete waste of money. The prescribed creams and even oral pills work for the time you use the plus maybe a few days, then back to square one.

So I mashed up 3 garlic cloves in a desperate bit to even get a little relief, I applied them direct! I won't swear here but, the air was thick with mixed screams and shouted profanities!! Burning like I imagine Hydrochloric Acid would burn! I held out for only 5 minutes. At that point, I ran to the shower. Ice Cold water directed to the area, I stood about 10 minutes washing off the garlic.

This method should have a Government health warning,

I will check back in and leave feedback on the results as they happen.

Do not try this in the vicinity of anyone whatsoever! The screaming tends to scare even Hardiest of Marines!

Rubbing Alcohol
Posted by Dennis (Connecticut) on 03/10/2018

Hey I agree I just started yesterday and already have seen improvement, hopefully I'm not speaking too soon

Apple Cider Vinegar, Rubbing Alcohol
Posted by Dennis (Connecticut) on 03/06/2018

Hi could you elaborate on the process a bit more?? Has the jock itch returned at all??

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Dan-o (Santa Rosa, Ca) on 02/12/2018

Update to the second to last comment about salvaging shoes, I neglected to say the socks should be lightly soaked in the Citric Acid solution.

Rubbing Alcohol
Posted by Prag (Delhi) on 01/25/2018

Which type of alcohol?

EC: Rubbing alcohol is isopropyl alcohol. A common dilution is 70%. This is only for topical use.

Posted by Joel R (Pa) on 01/22/2018

Hi Becky, I don't get notified of comments/replies so just randomly saw this because I wanted to add to my original testimonial by saying that I do think the jock itch is an internal and external problem.

The borax works externally for a while, but then the itch comes back after some hours. I found that if I fasted, eating only a bit of spirulina and glutamine, the itch would not come back. There is an antifungal diet (rather, multiple antifungal diets) which I may try (basically no carbs + some some other ideas), tho I need to do a longer fast anyway for some other issues.

Still, borax is the best that I've found. I have also tried alcohol now, and it doesn't work as well as borax--maybe on par with vinegar.

Now, you asked how I apply the borax. I dissolve it in hot water and then smear the water on. Then I rub some fine borax powder (i ground it up) onto that wet area as well.

The main thing is at night, while sleeping, I sweat a lot. So I keep the borax powder by the bed and apply it at that point, and it absorbs into the sweat.

If you are dealing with a vaginal yeast infection, just insert a full 0 or 00 size capsule with borax powder.

Posted by Becky (Ca) on 01/15/2018

To Joel R

How did you use the Borax? The stuff is very dry and grainy. Thanks

Posted by Joel R. (Philadelphia, Pa) on 01/14/2018
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I've tried nearly every cure for jock itch so far (except rubbing alcohol). MMS just made it terribly worse. Coconut oil was doing nothing. Vinegar worked for some hours but burned like hell. Lemongrass oil worked longer but burned even worse.

Then I tried topical Borax. Not only is it extremely effective, but it doesn't burn at all! Why on earth are pharmacies selling all these lame antifungal creams that barely do anything, when Borax is the real solution? What is wrong with the way knowledge is spread in this world?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Dan-o (Santa Rosa, Ca) on 01/14/2018
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After 12 years of ineffectively dealing with athlete's foot fungus, it migrated to my crotch and so I made a full commitment to getting rid of it. It took two more years after trying many cures including ones on this excellent blog and also prescribed Lamisil taken internally.

The high points of my cure are:

- soak in a whirlpool bath that has a regulated anti-fungal solution (chlorine level monitored and maintained) for at least 10 minutes every day until the fungus is killed. If you have had the fungus for as long as I did, it is deeply embedded in your skin so it takes the chlorine a while to be absorbed adequately. You will feel the areas that are infested as they will itch while you are soaking. When the itching stops, the fungus has been killed. Repeat this treatment until the fungus is completely gone. It took around three months for me as it was deeply embedded. Chlorine has the benefit that it can actually kill the fungus and it's spores. Swimming in chlorinated pool suppressed my fungus, but wasn't concentrated enough to kill it off. Most other treatments cause the spores to go into a defensive mode that is very durable and will re-emerge.

- increase the acidity of the infested areas by applying a citric acid solution. Use a strength level of 1 teaspoon per cup of water. This acid is what is used for food products, can be ingested, is very effective and doesn't burn nearly as much as other options. This will keep spores from re-producing between whirlpool treatments. There are spores everywhere in your home if you've been infested for a while.

- wash your socks and underwear in very hot water for an extended cycle. Normal hot water washing didn't kill the spores of the fungus I had.

- toss shoes that are infested. If you have a really nice pair of shoes you'd like to salvage, you can lightly soak your socks and wear them in the infested shoes for a day. If this doesn't work, toss.

- clean your bathroom floors/shower/tub with a bleach solution to kill spores. This won't get them all as some will remain in bedroom carpets, etc. but this will get rid of most of them.

Ammonium Chloride
Posted by Zbaev (Bulgaria) on 09/17/2017
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Ammonium Chloride for Jock Itch:

Dear readers, since I've got a lot of help on this web site, I'd like to share my success story with getting rid of this nasty and persistent fungus for good. This is actually a cure not just a treatment. I've tryied pretty much everything that's listed here plus many more. I've tried whatever I heard might help with jock itch. Had it for several years and anybody how's been in that situation knows how annoing it is. Hence the reason I am writing this to help others. The only thing that actually cured my jock itch was ammonium chloride. Dissolve one leveled tea spoon of ammonium chloride in about 50ml of water, put in a spray bottle and spray the affected area liberally twice a day. Don't dry it up. Let it dry by itself. Do it until simptoms disappear usually a few days to a week it depends how bad your condition is and continue for a couple of week afterwards. That's it. This will cure your jock itch, not just temporary releaf. And its widely available and it costs 50 cents. Good luck and God bless you all.

EC: For those wishing to learn more about the use of ammonium chloride in medicine:

Sulfur Soap
Posted by Carlos (Barcelona) on 09/16/2017
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Sulfur Soap for Jock Itch:

For years Ive had this terrible embarrassing condition. It appeard after a sexual relationship. THe doctor prescribed antifungal pills and pomade, it seemed to work but it came back.Rather than going back again and be prescribed a stronger antibiotic I decided to find a natural remedy. I believe it was a candida infection, I started researching changing my diet.. I tried all the remedies here at EC. Of all the remedies what seemed to work better was Olive leaf extract and EVCC orally. I stopped using soap and I took a shower everyday making sure I pat dry the area. I had it under control but the infection was still there cause I could feel that unpleasent smell after doing sports and If I skipped a shower I could feel it coming. Also when I ate too much sweets or grains. I happened to buy sulphur soap for my facial rosacea. It worked so good that I decided to use the soap in my genital area. and I'm THRILLED to say the smell is finally gone.

After one application it was gone. I have been using it 3 times now. My process is clean the area with hot water, apply the soap foam and let it sit for 1 or 2 minutes. I rinse off with warm water and finish with cold water. I'm so happy to have my confidence back. You can find sulfur soap at major online stores.Its usually 10% sulphur and it brings extra oils so it doesnt dry your skin much. Don't hesitate. I've tried everything and this works.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Serj (London) on 07/22/2017
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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.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by J.e.pettitt (Red Deer Ab Canada) on 07/03/2017
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Hydrogen Peroxide is Cheap and Effective for Jock Itch

Bottom Line on several suggested treatments? -each to their own!

I myself discovered Hydrogen Peroxide somewhat by accident and am most pleased with it. I merely wet my palms and apply to either side of the groin--no diluting necessary (for me). Gold Bond? Only tried it once with no satisfaction. I also use alcohol pads (meant for diabetics) as they're very handy and simple, but only as a temporal measure. A worthy observation too-- don't sleep under too many blankets so as to sweat overnight and thereby cause the problem. I personally find an H.P. 'splash' only necessary when moistness and itching is evident. But again, each to their own.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Jj (Rhode Island) on 03/18/2017
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I tried rubbing alcohol and it worked -- eliminated jock itch that I had been experiencing for years. However, I still had to apply it regularly, once a day or once every two days, to keep it gone.

That said, for other, unrelated reasons, I switched to a whole foods plant based diet. After making this switch, the jock itch went away completely. It leads me to believe that either (1) something I was eating (eggs, dairy, etc.) was causing it or (2) something I was not eating but now eat on a regular basis (legumes, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts) has prevented the jock itch from returning. I recommend this strongly for anyone who has been struggling with jock itch.