I also use the alcohol method in the form of hand sanitizer and it works. I apply in the shower and let it soak in for 3-5 minutes and then I rinse it off. Leaving it in was a little much for my skin. I also had to put in some homemade vaseline/beeswax combination on the folds of my skin between by legs and my business to facilitate healing. Worked like a charm.Thanks to all for the writeups.
Re: Rubbing Alcohol for Jock Itch.? Rubbing alcohol worked great! My doctor (who is excellent) suggested that Lamisil works best (out of all the topical creams). So I used the rubbing alcohol (on tissue paper squares) and then put the Lamisil on afterwards. Walmart sells a higher potion form of rubbing alcohol... and also sells a generic form of Lamisil that is a lot less expensive! Both worked great together! At first, none of the top brand topical creams worked for me whatsoever (except for only a little bit of change).
At first the rubbing alcohol stings for a minute or so... but after a few days... it's negligible! I now put on the rubbing alcohol (as a preventative) after daily showers... and a tiny amount of the Lamisil cream. I put the rubbing alcohol in a small medicine (vitamin) plastic container; I use only a new piece of tissue square each time I place it against the mouth of the container to soak it. Works great!!!! Goodby nasty itchy fungus among us!!!!!!!!! :)
New York, US
Colorado Springs, US
New York, US
Rubbing Alcohol to get rid of jock itch: I tried all the creams and sprays out there including the most popular jock itch remedies and even other home remedies I read about.
Then I tried the really easy to find and inexpensive 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol, and the itch went away in a matter of days and has never returned.
I experienced a two unexpected benefits too. One is it keeps you smelling fresh, even after sweating for hours and hours in a hot climate. I am now using it as deodorant too.
The other is I thought I had an anal fissure as I had pain and bleeding with each bowel movement. Apparently the rubbing alcohol applied to that area cleared that up to. Now I have no blood ever, and just slight discomfort sometimes.
If you have an itchy anal area it might be jock itch and the rubbing alcohol will get rid of it there too.
Regarding the safety of using it I read about tests where they applied hand sanitizer which is 60% alcohol 30 times per hour throughout the day and found almost no trace of it in the blood. This test was done because nurses use a lot of it throughout the day. Hand Sanitizer is like Rubbing Alcohol with some things thrown in to make it smell fresh and not dry out the skin.
I figure if they tested 30 times per hour and I was only applying it twice per day I was OK.
Regarding dry skin it is not drying out my skin, but I do live in a hot, moist climate.
For Jock Itch, I used 70% Rubbing Alcohol several times the first two days, basically every couple of hours or so. Amazing results! The cotton rounds is the best way to apply. Just soak one and swab the entire area well. It does burn but subsides pretty quick, of course depending in your level of irritation. Now I follow this routine every day with Gold Bond or similar menthol medicated powder included.
I had Jock Itch for years. It was horrible. I had tried many of the over the counter jock itch treatments, but they did not work. At times, I wondered whether they actually made the problem worse. Because topical treatments failed to work, my doctor recommended an oral medication, but I was a bit reluctant to take it (having read about potential side effects). I had decided that I would try some of the remedies on this website before taking an oral medication.
At first, I tried Oil of Oreganol. I applied it to the area. It was very painful! For about an hour after applying it, I was in quite a large amount of pain. It was manageable, but definitely quite painful. Nonetheless, it did seem to work. The Jock Itch was subsiding. After using Oil of Oreganol for about a month, the Jock Itch had cleared up by roughly 67%. However, it was not fully gone and I wasn't sure whether the Oil of Oreganol would completely get rid of it.
I noticed that rubbing alcohol had the highest number of successful posts on this website. I also read Gene Keyes story, described above. Therefore, I decided to give it a try. I felt a brief, sharp pain when I applied the rubbing alcohol, but the pain subsided in less than a minute. It was much better than being in pain for an hour with Oil of Oreganol. Furthermore, the rubbing alcohol cleared up the Jock Itch. Within just a few days, the Jock Itch completely cleared up.
It has been gone for two months now.
As described in Gene Keyes' post, daily application of rubbing alcohol (after I shower) does seem to be necessary to keep the Jock Itch away. I run a lot and the Jock Itch seems to come back (a little bit) if I have been sweating during a run or if it is a particularly hot day. But after showering and applying the rubbing alcohol, the Jock Itch quickly retreats again. Thus, rubbing alcohol does seem to be a foolproof preventer of Jock Itch, but not a complete cure, as described in Gene Keyes article (linked above).
But I do not care! Having struggled with Jock Itch for years, I have finally gotten rid of it. It was an embarassing, discomforting situation. It caused me a lot of emotional frustration, as I am sure anyone who has suffered from this condition can understand. But daily application of rubbing alcohol keeps the Jock Itch away. I feel so happy to finally be rid of this skin condition. And even if it does require daily application of rubbing alcohol to keep it away, I couldn't care less. I am so happy that rubbing alcohol works.
To those of you who are out there struggling with this condition, I encourage you to try rubbing alcohol to see whether it works. I am still amazed that rubbing alcohol -- an item sold in the pharmacy just a few feet from the conventional Jock Itch / Athlete's Foot ointments that have failed so many people -- is effective at getting rid of Jock Itch. Equally surprising is that few people are even aware that Rubbing Alcohol can be effective at eliminating Jock Itch (i. E. , there's no mention of rubbing alcohol as a treatment for Jock Itch on the Mayo Clinic website.)
In any case, rubbing alcohol worked for me. I am thrilled to finally be rid of this embarrassing skin condition! I hope that my story helps others deal with this condition.
Louisville, Ky, USA
Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm
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.
Daily application of rubbing alcohol has prevented jock itch in my case for 20 years when in the previous 25 years nothing else had worked.
Cardiff by the Sea, CA
Vancouver, B.c. Canada
Statesville, Nc, Usa
North Salem, Ny
Rustenburg, North West, South Africa
For jock itch, use 91 Percent Rubbing Alcohol (Walmart and pharmacies have it). Many people have suggested this; and I would like to agree. Alcohol kills just about everything on the planet (including Fungus). The only thing it can't kill is spores from some bacteria.
However, I suggest following-up with the 5% Hydrogen Peroxide solution as well.
You can't buy 5%. You have to make it from 35%, so follow my procedure for that, being careful you don't get chemical burns while making it (2 half-teaspoons of 35% to 15 half-teaspoons distilled water).
Swab it on, liberally, wherever you have problems and let it stay there until it dries. After waiting a few minutes, swab on liberally the 5% Hydrogen Peroxide.
Do this at least 3-4 times-per-day.
Any deep areas that have the infection will become open sores for a time and dead skin will peel off. This is expected. After all the infection has been killed-off, it will become nice pink skin.
Keep doing this for at least a week. Then, you need to populate with acidophilus and natural bacteria again. Purchase Multidophilus from a Health Food store. Add it to coconut oil and apply.
After doing this a few days, purchase unfiltered Apple Cider Vineger with Mother. You know it has 'Mother' because there will be a cloud of stuff at the bottom that is floating around. If it is perfectly clear through the bottle, keep looking. I found some at Frys; but can get at Amazon or a health food store.
"Raw, Unfiltered, UnpasteurizedMade from juices of ORGANIC certified grown applesDynamic Health Apple Cider Vinegar contains "Mother" of vinegar that is formed naturally in unpasteurized vinegar by the acetobacter"
Acetobacter is the key. It is a beneficial bacteria. For the next week, swab on the raw ACV and dry with a very hot hair drier. This will make the skin pH be proper and will resupply the beneficial bacteria.
If you ever have the problem again, follow this regimen. Works anywhere you have fungus.
Jock itch plagued me badly for a couple of years. I run, hike, bike and do a lot of outdoors, and the stuff seemed to be impossible to get rid of. I tried all the sprays, lotions, frequent showers, powders, constant underwear changes, etc. etc. Then, one morning in the shower, I noticed my wife's razor and thought---why not? I was pretty desperate. I decided to (carefully) shave off all the hair around my groin area--especially where the legs rub up against whatever. The itch disappeared in a couple of days. Now, I keep the hair fairly closely cropped, and I don't have a problem any more. Of course, I use my own razor now. So, I conclude that the kind of itch I had either hangs out in the groin hair itself, or that the groin hair retains moisture that enables the Jock Itch to survive.
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.
I have cared for my 10 acre fruit orchard here, in SOUTH Fl. for 40 years. Our summer heat is insane with 90% humidity a constant...I have lived drenched in dirt and sweat for decades...The ONE thing that KILLS all your problems is....SUNLIGHT!!! Fought it for years and suffered through many Dr.'s creams and potions...all fail...does this condition persist ANYWHERE the sun don't shine???? Find a quiet spot and a position that allows full exposure to all the areas that are always in the dark and start with short exposure (5 min.) add time till you can take about 30 min...Within about 5 sessions you will have knocked it back...mine has stayed gone for 6 years so far...without further exposure. It's free and it WORKS!
i went swimming in a clorinated pool to clear my jock itch and it worked. i figure the the clorine had something to do with it. i just went swimming for an hour every other day till it went away. clorine is the main ingredeint in bleach which is well known to kill EVERYTHING.
Poway, Ca, Usa
I've suffered from relapses of jock itch (aka ring worm, athlete's foot - it's the same fungal infection) for many years now. Here are the various remedies I've tried over the years with their results.
Anti-Fungal cream from the pharmacy (Daktarin was one of them). This is dreadful, it only exacerbates the problem. As it's a moisturizer, it causes it to flare up and spread. Fungus needs moisture and darkness to thrive, so this is a joke. Pharmaceutical companies can be like snake oil salesmen. 0 out of 10
Natural remedies like Tea Tree Oil, Crushed Garlic, Apple Cider Vinegar. These did nothing for me at all. Although I've given them a couple of marks as they're certainly better than pharmaceutical ointments and creams. 3 out of 10
Cardiospermum Halicacabum. I was skeptical when a pharmacist in Spain gave me this, as it had the dreaded "homeopathic" on the label. It's a non-moisturizing pomade with extracts of the cardiospermum plant. This works! I can't find it in Dublin, but you can get it online. Try it if you can get it. It's odourless, non-toxic and cheap. 8 out of 10
Swimming in a chlorinated pool. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the kryptonite for jock rash. Go for a swim, don't shower afterwards. By the next day you'll see that nasty rash dying before your very eyes. I did this last night (after 3 weeks of horrible rashes on my inner thighs) and it's almost gone now. 10 out of 10
Note - If it's a bit stubborn I will have a bleach bath tomorrow, putting half a cup (125ml) of un-perfumed thin household bleach (less than 5% sodium hypochlorite) in a full warm bath. Don't use any other soaps or shampoos or salts in the bleach bath. There's a handy guide on youtube (for treating kids' eczema) with input from a dematologist - check it out.
Apart from that, and to prevent reinfection, eat lots of garlic, avoid beer (booo!!! ) and carbs during flare ups, change your bedsheets regularly and underwear obviously. Put your socks on before your underwear - socks before jocks!
Don't get yourself down about jock rash, just go for a swim!
Re: Jock Itch
Rubbing alcohol (75% isopropyl alcohol) worked just great, but since moisture is BAD you may as well 99% isopropyl alcohol, if available. I used this with major burning during the first few days. Alcohol messes with your skin pH so I followed up with white vinegar. When dry, I followed this up with a 50/50 mix of emu oil (a natural carrier that actually penetrates the skin) with coconut oil (a natural antifungal agent). I did this treatment twice a day. Symptoms were gone in 8 days. I kept it up 30 days for good measure, though for the last 10-days I substituted tea tree oil for coconut oil - it's a stronger antifungal. Again, 50/50 tea tree and emu oils. No trace of this irritating nightmare remains.
Better But With Side Effects
I used a drop of tea tree oil on my jock itch and I was really impressed. I felt a burn and an immediate change in the condition of the jock itch. As soon as I stopped feeling the burn I reapplied more tea tree oil. As a result, my jock itch is less severe but it's bigger than before. I would give it a YEA, BUT NOT CURED. OR YEA BUT MADE IT WORSE.
Lastly, I would advise anyone using this stuff to use it sparingly and just wait it out. That's what I'm doing now. Hopefully I'll get back to normal!
Rustenburg South Africa