Jock Itch Remedies

Rubbing Alcohol

Posted by Phillip (Virginia) on 09/30/2015
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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.

Posted by Thomas (Martinton, Il) on 05/24/2014
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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!!!!!!!!! :)

Replied by Mahbabaji
New York, US

I was wondering, the Jock Itch has spread to my genitals and I applied rubbing alcohol there 5 times. Are you guys doing this as well? Are you sure there is no reproductive damage or something?

Replied by Steve
Colorado Springs, US

Hi Mahbabaji, Get some MMS (Master Mineral Solution) and use it for your jock itch. It cures athletes foot in one application, so it will surely take care of this too. Get Jim Humbles book, "Master Mineral Solution for the 3rd Millennium" It's available as a free download.

Good luck!

Replied by Mahbabaji
New York, US

Hi Steve. OK, I will try that. But I mean with the rubbing alcohol, I feel like I caused nerve damage or something by applying it to the genitals. I have weak erections now. Does anyone else get this?

Replied by Mike
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Please don't use MMS. Google it. Rubbing alcohol works great though.

Replied by Timh
2109 posts

M: Welcome back. All the great dietary suggestions you have made here must have been helpful to some folks, although I think such a radical departure from the standard diet is too much for one step. Slowly incorporating the nutrition dense foods you suggest may prove a more viable option.

Anyway, I wonder why you advise abstaining from MMS as a topical antibiotic? If you have any negative reports from this use please post them as the particular info is better than opinion.

Speaking of info, Hulda Clark strongly advises against Isopropyl Alcohol as it is a toxic solvent that is not easily detoxified by the body and provides a home for parasites to establish themselves. People with liver disease or impaired detox would be high risk for this possibility. So, the safest alcohol would be something like "Everclear" grain alcohol or Vodka from liquor store. Adding some liquid extract of Eucalyptus to alcohol makes for a superior antiseptic.

Posted by John (Hawaii) on 08/20/2013
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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.

Posted by Bill (Arkansas) on 07/10/2013
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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.

Posted by Alex (Los Angeles, Ca) on 05/08/2013
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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.

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, USA
2109 posts

Alex: I recently added a few drops of Eucalyptus Oil to the Isopropyl Alcohol and find it much more effective for topical applications.

Replied by Hart

Your comment was very encouraging this JI is horrific and I'm glad I found this site, and thank you for your suggestion, nothing I've tried has worked so I'm happy to try this. Thank you again for your honest comment.

Replied by Terry

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.

Replied by Flower's Mom
Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm

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

Posted by Steve (Needles, Ca) on 07/11/2012
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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 Gene (Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada) on 10/28/2007
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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.

Replied by Duane K
Cardiff by the Sea, CA
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I agree with Gene above on the Rubbing Alcohol 100%! I must say it will burn at first, but actually sooths the issue after the quick discomfort. Just rubbed some on with a cloth twice a day and in no issue after 2 days. Again, just rub some on your crotch or anal area and be prepared for a quick joust. Healing occurs quickly though. I am the type to turn up the heat, so Im not afraid to use as much as I think I need. That goes for any healing remedy for that matter. As a healer myself I've always told people to go this website for answers on health challenges. Now my first health issue I didnt solve myself in many years. Gene's story assisted me after a few other remedies didnt work. Thanks Gene and EarthClinic!

Replied by Ben
Bellevue, KY
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I have used rubbing alcohol for a month and nothing went away. The only thing the alcohol did was make me in more pain every morning when I woke up and had been scratching at it in my sleep.

Replied by Chris
Vancouver, B.c. Canada
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Gotta give this a firm yes. It's been my cure for years. As a somewhat overweight man, I have had on and off bouts of 'crotchrot' where skin around the scrotum and inner thighs meet, resulting in unpleasant dampness and foul odour.

A healthy swipe of rubbing alcohol in a pad will do two things: #1 Burn like hell for about 20 seconds, and then #2 fade away, usually taking the problem with it. A second application the next morning is sometimes needed as well which will burn far less, and then that's all she wrote!

Glad to see this is a known thing, but I'd like to see it known wider yet so people don't have to battle embarassment and/or waste money on doctors or powders. Just grit your teeth and take it. You'll feel much better once the burn is done, and smell it too!

Replied by Coach
Philly, Usa
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I was using steroid cream to get rid of jock itch, and while that worked, after a couple years of doing this I noticed stretch marks at the very top of my thigh. So I stopped using the steroid. Then I tried every anti-fungal cream, powder, and spray that I could find but nothing worked. In the shower, I was scrubbing the area with diluted bleach and then leaving the rag there for no less than 2 minutes every day. That did not work. Rubbing alcohol worked like a charm for me. I pour some on a makeup removal cotton pad, swab both sides of my groin, and then leave the pad on the problem side, wedged there till I get through my morning routine. I remove the pad and then put baby powder all over before putting my jockies on.

Replied by Hadtoshare
Slo, Ca/usa
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Rubbing alcohol 100% worked for me. I applied with cottonball saturated in in rubbing alcohol morning, noon and night. It burned a little with the first application, but for me it was not that bad at all. After first application I believe the fungus was gone (it stopped burning and appeared white and flaky, apparently dried up) but I am continuing to apply three times daily for a week or so to make sure I am cured. I am also treating my feet, (although I can't see any athlete's foot) just to ensure I knock this out once and for all. I read that most people with jock itch also have athletes foot and it could be the source for jock itch. Additionally, I am changing clothes frequently and laundering everything I wear daily. Treating shoes and socks for athletes foot as well.

I have been battling this for five months on and off and at last feel I am almost done with this thanks this site and rubbing alcohol, cheap and effective. The over the counter creams worked but as it kept returning I think I was missing areas. The alcohol being fluid covers more area faster, easier and neater. I prefer it over a cream and like the fact that it is so inexpensive as well. Thank you so so much to the people above for taking the time to post your experiences.

Replied by Tinea-be-gone
Detroit, Mi
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After dealing with jock itch for 1.5 years, I have to give the rubbing alcohol remedy a big YEA. Here is my story detailing everything I tried along the way, perhaps it will benefit others that are afflicted with this fungus.

By the time I relized I had jock itch (tinea cruris) I was about 2 months in and had a pretty bad case by then. I puchased some anti fungal cream as recommended @ $10 per ounce at the drug store.

Anti fungal cream :::

Don't waste your money. After about 3-4 weeks of faithful application twice daily I thought the problem was cured, but 2-3 weeks later the infection was back with a vengance. After repeating this cyle for 3 more tubes of cream I realized that the cream was merely keeping the infection "at bay" and not killing the fungus off. My mindset was, kill the fungus, problem solved.. I read many posts that merely address the symtom, they say I used X and the problem (itching) went away. I can tell you it doesn't work that way. I figured if I killed the root of the problem (the fungus) I would be cured and back to normal. Not so, in my experience..... I now believe there is no "cure", only prevention.


After giving up on the anti-fungal cream I came across earth-clinic and decided to give something else a try. Borax WAS effective however I found it difficult to administer I used it for about 3 weeks. The day after the first application I noticed what looked like red spider veins further down my thighs on both sides in what was virgin skin.... The fungi were actually running away from the borax.... A good sign!!! The best way I found to apply the borax solution was just to wet down the crotch and anal area, but then you have to wear wet shorts after... I imagine some type of small tub that you could sit and soak in may have worked but I didn't get that far. The blistering and oozing of the skin continued during the borax treatments but things were getting better. I began using rubbing alcohol as well.... borax before bed and alcohol during the day and thats when things really started to improve.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) :::

The Apple Cider Vinegar burned my skin .... After about 2-3 days I quit that.... Skin was very sore and tender to the touch ( 1st degree burns )

Rubbing Alcohol :::

The holy grail..... Easy to apply, odorless, evaporates..... Yes, there was quite a bit of stinging for the first couple weeks, but now my skin is healed. I have not had any eruptions (blistering / oozing) for over 4 weeks now I have been wiping down using a cotton cosmetic pad 1-2 times per day.

Conclusion :::

Per Mayo Clinic "Jock itch is caused by fungi called dermatophytes. These microscopic organisms are normal inhabitants of your skin, and their growth stays in check as long as your skin is clean and dry. But on some areas of the body where skin is more likely to be moist and warm, such as the groin, the fungi grow and thrive, resulting in a fungal infection. "
I stated earlier there is no cure... So what caused this infection in the first place? since these fungi normally exist on our bodies. The only logical explanation is that the immune system can not deal with it for some reason (perhaps weakened due to age) Therefore the only logical way to deal with these "normal" fungi is to kill them off in the moist areas where they thrive. Rubbing alcohol is the easiest simplest and cheapest way to do that.

Replied by Ang
Chicago, Illinois
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I read this earlier today, took a shower, air dried, took a couple of cotton balls soaked in rubbing alcohol, wiped the affected area & then placed it on it for a few minutes, i let dry, then i put baby powder to keep fresh & dry, i looked at it abt 2 hours later & guess what? its practically gone! i'm going to continue to practice this routine till its completely gone! i had also used listerine but alcohol showed immediate results!

Replied by Steve
Statesville, Nc, Usa
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This worked like a CHAMP. Thank you to those before me who recommended this. The initial sting lasts a brief second, especially if you've been scratching prior to use. After that it is an oh so wonderful feeling of relief. Multiple days of use have shown no more flare up and itching. I applied right after a shower with the alcohol dabbed onto a cotton facial pad, also called makeup removal pads. This is cheap, and it works.

Replied by Golfer
Charlotte, Nc

Thank you for the tip - I was pleasantly surprised!! After 2x daily application, I have amazing relief. I add baby powder for additional relief. I would highly recommend this cheap but very effective therapy - thus enormous value. Give it a try - I was suspect at first but the results have been great.

Replied by Mostlybetternow
Vancouver, Canada
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It stings, but it works. I saw the 8 yeas for Rubbing Alcohol and decided to give it a go. The creams weren't doing anything and I wanted a quick fix so I gave RA a shot. Burned like the dickens the first few applications on the raw spots but after only two days everything is starting to heal and things are lookin up in my world! Thanks Earth Clinic!

Replied by Miko
Cebu City

what type of rubbing alcohol to use ethyl or isopropyl? i've been battling this jock itch for about 3 years now... Nothing really works what to give rubbing alcohol a try.

Replied by Itchy
Boston, Ma
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I too have had rot for a few days and had been using creams and spray but it wouldn't go away. I tried the rubbing alcohol and while it stings like a b---ch the first time you put it on, I have to say it worked wonders overnight. Thanks Earth Clininc!

Replied by Wine Guy
North Salem, Ny
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Have to say after dealing with Jock Itch for 6 months and using every imaginable OTC and prescription cream from my dermatologist. The rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) did the trick in less than a week! I was truly amazed. Thank you EarthClinic!

Replied by Louwrence
Rustenburg, North West, South Africa

Hi Wine guy, Rubbing your own urine on cures it within a day & costs you nothing.

Replied by Great Balls Of Fire
Orange, Ma

Ok, so I have been trying the Cider Vinegar, and it works slowly, but it leave me itching way more, so I used epsom salts to cure that.. Just tried the selsun blue shampoo ( has an anti fungal in it) , then applied the isopropyl.. Whoa! I swear I saw the guy from the Hellraiser movie appear in my bathroom! Be prepared to call the name of your maker when you do this. I counted the longest 24 seconds of my life and the burn was gone. now we shall see if this is just some cruel joke or if it actually works.

Replied by Shams
La, US
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I tried everything listed plus probotics, garlic, candida cleanse, avoiding sugar, coconut oil - absolutely nothing works against this fungus. Who knew jock itch is indestructable? Good God, someone contact the Pentagon! Well I'll now give this a go. If no luck, then I'm on to Grape seed extract. Manuka oil from New Zealand is in the line up after that...

Replied by Greg
Dallas, TX
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I want to thank everyone on this thread, because I had given up on over the counter remedies ( I. E. Lotramin) that did not work. When I read the comments here and tried rubbing alcohol on my jock itch, it disappeared almost immediately. I still am applying the alcohol as a safe guard, but my skin looks perfect now and I have no more itching and red bumps. Thanks again!

Replied by Prag

Which type of alcohol?

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

Replied by Dennis

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

Rubbing Alcohol, H2O2, ACV

Posted by Thewind777 (Mesa, Az) on 01/21/2015
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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.

Shaving the Groin Area

Posted by Earth Person (Boston, Ma) on 09/02/2013
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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

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.


Posted by Al (Redland, Fl.) on 01/20/2015
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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!

Swimming in a Chlorinated Pool

Posted by Anonymous (Palm Coast, Florida) on 08/06/2009
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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.

Replied by Goodtimecharlie
Miami, Fl

Could you kindly let us know where you went for your treatment? So we can stay away from that pool!

Replied by Yeastman
Poway, Ca, Usa
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Worked Temporarily

My results were not so much swimming in a chlorinated pool as they were bathing in a chlorinated bath. I added about 1/4 cup of bleach to a bath and soaked in it nightly for around 1/2 an hour for two weeks. Briefly relieved itching, but did nothing for symptoms.

Replied by John
Sydney, Australia

My hard-won insight is that, after all, it seems the operators of chlorinated public swimming pools do have some clue as to what controls fungus.

Over the course of several weeks I'd tried alcohol, vinegar, Lamisil, Vaporub, tea-tree oil, Canesten (clomitrazole). I gave each a fair time to show clear improvement, and all did have some seemingly good effect. But after those weeks of experience it seemed none was clearly winning the battle - there was no sense of a complete and proper solution at hand.

An allergy to tea tree oil caused an actual flare-up of the infection (as a side-effect it seems to the skin irritation the allergic reaction caused); five days of Lamisil showed not enough improvement when the tube label claimed seven days in total should be all that was necessary; the alcohol followed by vinegar was helping but wasn't promising to fully clear the infection.

Having seen others mention bleach, and one person the public swimming pool, the thought came ... Chlorine? it really does kill most things doesn't it? Sodium hypochlorite bleach producing free chlorine in solution. I also found claims that bleach baths worked not only for fungus but on conditions like eczema as well. And they were recommended for babies with persistent skin irritation so the bleach couldn't be too harsh, right? Then, when I smelt the bleach, came back memories from childhood of swimming training in chlorinated pools, and it seemed the stars were aligning to suggest that chlorine had been the obvious but overlooked answer all along.

For me at least - so it proved. After the first bath in bleach at about 1 part per 1000 - say just 50ml in 50l of bathwater - and about 20 minutes of gently washing the bathwater over the skin, the problem began clearing immediately and by the next morning was looking and feeling much better. I repeated the one bath per day for five days but also continued to apply Canesten (clomitrazole cream) to the hotspots. After five days what had been a persistent, entrenched, widespread problem was all but entirely gone, just a couple of small red spots remaining.

From my experience then I feel chlorine bleach to be the simplest, most effective, most obvious solution to fungal infections of the skin ... And anyone who like me has in the past spent significant time around public pools could probably have come to this conclusion far sooner than I did. That's all, good luck everyone!

Replied by Ed
Baltimore, Md

Bleach in bathwater is effective. It wouldn't cure it completely though. I used many treatments in addition to bleach. both kinds of vinegar. Also visited the lotrimin website for information and photos to help determine which kind of infection it was. Jock itch seemed to match the best. So purchased Lotrimin ultra in the yellow packaging for jock itch and also the spray powder. Lotrimin claims the ultra penetrates deeper than other remedies. Still it couldn't quite cure it completely. Next I used a hair dryer to dry the affected area before applying the Lotrimin ultra, then again after application to try to melt it into the skin. That seems to have worked and finally finished it off.

Swimming Pool

Posted by Cormac (Dublin, Ireland) on 09/25/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Tea Tree and Emu Oils

Posted by Dizpo (Peace River, Ab, Canada) on 07/09/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Tea Tree Oil

Posted by Crosel (Toronto, On) on 11/21/2013
3 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Louwrence
Rustenburg South Africa

Hi Crosel, Best remedy for your problem is to apply your own urine & problem solved in 1 day.

Replied by Tiffany
Sydney, NSW
1 out of 5 stars

This happened to me exactly, took itch away so I thought it was getting better, but made it much worse.