Jock-Itch is a type of fungi, known in the medical community as tinea cruris, which grows on the surface of skin. Jock-Itch is a variety of ringworm. The ideal breeding ground for fungal infections is warm, damp and dark areas of skin, which is why Jock-Itch affects “private areas”, buttocks and inner thighs. Sweating from work or exercise creates a warm damp environment as do steam filled shower rooms and damp towels. Jock-Itch is not limited to athletes and those who exercise, it is also a common infection for those that are obese and anyone who comes in direct contact with the fungi. Jock-Itch spreads quickly from infected person to person via direct contact or contact with damp workout wear or used towels. Shower rooms and locker rooms provide an ideal environment for Jock-Itch to spread and flourish.
Intense itching – the itching will typically occur in the area where the underwear would cover.
Red rash with definite scaly borders.
Mid rash may appear to a brownish.
Rash may develop pus filled bumps.
Jock-Itch is treated with antifungal creams and powders, which are available as over the counter preparations. In most cases a trip to the doctor or other health professional is not warranted. If you have other medical issues that limit your body’s ability to heal, see your doctor for treatment and follow up. If you’ve scratched itchy affected areas, you have a chance of creating a secondary bacterial infection that may require antibiotic treatment. Secondary bacterial infections from scratching are common, but should be treated to prevent a serious infection or breakdown of tissue.
Jock-Itch Treatment – Creams
Creams used to treat Jock-Itch are more effective on rashes that are dry because the active fungi killing ingredient will stick to the skin and sink in. Creams are best used prior to sleeping or prolonged periods of relaxation.
Apply creams as often as the manufacturer’s instructions indicate. If you symptoms seem to clear up in two to three days, continue to apply the cream for the full length of time as directed by the manufacturer. Just because the symptoms aren’t apparent or bothersome doesn’t mean the fungal infection has been cleared up.
To apply Jock-Itch creams:
Put on a pair of disposable latex or non-latex gloves – seems extreme, but limiting contact with the fungi reduces the spreading and incidence of infecting someone else.
Hold a sterile gauze pad in one hand and squeeze out a dime size amount of the cream onto the gauze. Set the tube aside.
Wipe the cream into the folds of skin around the genital area. If more cream is necessary, use a new piece of gauze to prevent contamination.
Dispose of the gauze and gloves into a plastic bag, seal the bag and discard.
Wash your hands with antibacterial soap, place the cap back onto the Jock-Itch cream and wash the tube with antibacterial soap if you touched it during the application process.
Effective Jock-Itch Creams include Lotrimin and Tinactin.
Jock-Itch Treatment – Spray Powders
Spray powders offer the convenience of not having to touch the affected area. Sprays are best used for on the go applications such as before work or going out. The powder acts to absorb moisture from sweat and eases the symptoms of Jock-Itch.
After the propellant and carry evaporate the medicated powder is left on the skin to work to kill the fungal infection and ease itching, chafing and burning.
Lay a towel on the floor.
Put on a pair of disposable latex or non-latex gloves if you have to move folds of skin to gain access to Jock-Itch infected areas of your body.
Plant feet shoulder width apart and squat fairly deeply.
Shake the can and aim the nozzle at the areas of skin that are infected with the fungi.
Spray the medicated spray to evenly coat and cover the rash.
If you are also suffering from athlete’s foot at the same time as Jock-Itch, which is a common occurrence because the fungi that causes Jock-Itch also causes athlete’s foot, treat the feet and put on socks before putting on your underwear. Touching athlete’s foot infections can spread the fungi to other areas including the groin area.
Put the towel in a separate laundry basket and wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Do not re-use the towel before washing.
Continue to use the powder for as long as the manufacturer recommends. Do not stop just because you feel better.
Effective Jock-Itch Spray Treatments include Tinactin and Lotrimin.
Home Remedies to Help in Between Spray or Cream Applications
A Drying Bath
Only try this if you do not have cracked or peeling skin because the pain will be bad – you’ve been warned!
Fill a bathtub with warm water and add 2 cups of salt.
Let the salt dissolve and soak for 20 to 30 minutes.
Pat the affected areas dry after getting out of the tub. Use a separate towel to dry the rest of your body. Wash the towel before reusing it. If patting your groin area dry still leaves the area feeling damp, set a handheld hair dryer on a low, cool setting and blow dry the skin. Reapply over the counter creams or spray once you are completely dry.
A Natural Antifungal
Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 to 3 tablespoons of water in a small disposable cup.
Put on a pair of disposable gloves.
Dip a sterile gauze pad into the vinegar and water and wipe Jock-Itch infected areas.
Apply three to four times per day with a new, sterile gauze pad.
Jock-Itch creams and sprays can be used as a preventative measure to guard against Jock-Itch.
Change out of sweaty or damp clothes as soon as possible.
Choose cotton underwear which will absorb sweat and dampness.
Don’t use towels others have used.
Use care touching anything in a community shower or locker room.
Wash hands with antibacterial soap before touching the groin area.