Medically termed tinea cruris, Jock Itch is a fungal infection that affects the skin of the genitals, inner thighs and buttocks. Home remedies for Jock Itch can often help, though Earth Clinic readers suggest OTC products might actually be more effective and long-lasting than many folk remedies.
What is Jock Itch?
Often characterized by a red, ring-shaped rash, jock itch is often itchy and develops in the moist areas of the body. The name, jock itch, is derived from the people who most often get the condition – those who sweat a great deal such as athletes. Additionally, jock itch occurs more frequently in individuals who are overweight; however, anyone can develop the condition.
Symptoms of Jock Itch
Jock itch is fairly common and presents typical symptoms and signs. Usually beginning as a reddened area of skin, jock itch typically develops outward from the crease in the groin and forms a half-moon shape on the upper thigh. A line of small, raised blisters may also develop along the edge or border of the rash itself. Itching, burning, and flaking or scaling of the skin are also common.
As a fungal infection, jock itch is caused by a specific type of fungus that is frequently spread from person to person or shared from the use of infected towels or clothing. Typically caused by the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot, jock itch can also be spread from the feet to the groin. Additional factors that contribute to the spread or development of jock include wearing tight underwear, being overweight, sweating heavily, having a weakened immune system and experiencing other skin conditions. Men are also more likely to develop jock itch.
Home Remedies for Jock Itch
While jock itch is an uncomfortable condition, it usually is not a serious medical or heath risk. Keeping the groin area clean and dry is very important for getting rid of the fungus.
Home remedies for jock itch, according to our readers, are apple cider vinegar, black walnut juice and borax. Each of these remedies alone can usually offer relief.
Colloidal silver is another natural treatment for jock itch as are coconut oil and chlorine.
Keep reading below for Jock Itch remedy feedback from Earth Clinic readers.