Medically referred to as Tinea Cruris, a jock itch is a fungal infection that appears on the skin. Most commonly infected areas are those that are moist and warm, so you are most likely to find it in areas such as the groin, inner thighs, and buttocks, and any folds or creases in the skin. Sweat collects creating a warm environment for the infection to grow. The infection quickly multiplies causing the fungus to spread. Jock itch isn’t exclusive to men, although many believe it to be. Anyone can contract jock itch. Our first resort when having itchy skin is to apply an ointment or cream. The problem with this is it only moistens the area and makes the environment more favorable to fungus. No magic or miracle cream is guaranteed to banish the condition forever, but practicing good hygiene and employing home remedies for jock itch can get the condition under control.
Tea Tree Oil
This fantastic oil is one of the best home remedies for a multitude of ailments. Tea tree oil is useful because of its natural anti-bacterial properties. In the case of jock itch, tea tree oil reduces itchiness as well as the inflammation of the infected area. Dilute the powerful oil by mixing four drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of coconut oil to make a fragrant blend. Next, use a cotton ball and dip it into the mixture. Dab the concoction on the area infected with the fungus. Don’t rub or wipe, only dab. Allow the mixture to dry on the skin. Repeat the process twice a week. Alternatively, fill a bath with water, add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil and soak your body for 15 to 20 minutes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a household product with extremely potent anti-fungal properties which offers a cheap remedy that’s fantastic at treating an assortment of skin inflammations. Remember, not all apple cider vinegar is therapeutic. Choose an apple cider vinegar that’s raw, organic, unpasteurized, and contains the mother. You’ll recognize therapeutic ACV with its opaque consistency and brown floating particles which gather at the bottom. Another good rule of thumb is to avoid buying apple cider vinegar stored in plastic bottles. To prepare it, mix two cups of warm water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Next, use this mixture to wash the affected area and let it dry. Repeat this about three times per day. Never rinse with water afterward because this removes all the beneficial substances from the infected region.
Alcohol is something that almost everyone has in their house, and it works for a variety of different conditions. The stronger the alcohol percentage, the better it’ll work. Try using clear spirits or even rubbing alcohol if you have it. To use it, dab a cotton ball with the alcohol and apply it to the affected area. The fluid should evaporate quickly. Don’t rinse with water. Repeat four to five times per day until the itch is completely gone.
Your average everyday mouthwash is a wonderful home remedy to fight annoying jock itch. Mouthwash has a high alcohol percentage which helps sterilize external areas of the body and fights to keep the mouth free from bacteria. Apply the mouthwash to the affected area using a cotton ball and leave to dry. Make sure you do not use mouthwash if the skin already has formed sores or has begun to break out.
You have heard of an ice bath to soothe muscles. A salt bath soothes itchy skin. For a jock itch infection that has reached the point where blisters have appeared, submerge yourself into a salt bath to relieve the pain. For this treatment, find at least 200 grams of salt. Next, run yourself a bath and add all 200 grams. Soak your body in the tub for 30 minutes and then rinse yourself off with warm water. For better results, do this every night before going to bed.
Garlic is good for more than just making food taste delectable, or making your breath smell bad. The superfood can help in treating annoying jock itch. For this, you must first peel and grind cloves of fresh garlic into a paste. Next, apply the paste to the infected area and leave for ten to 15 minutes. Next, wash it off with warm water and pat dry. Don’t rub hard on the infected area. Repeat this three times a day to see lasting results.
Baking soda makes a perfect fix for better health. It’s always there in the kitchen just in case the baker’s bug bites you, so why not put it to good use? Don’t confuse baking soda with baking powder. To ease the itch, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with warm water and make a thick paste. Next, apply this to the infected area and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with water and pat dry (again do no rub).
Honey’s sweet, it’s natural, and it’s a great natural sweetener for everything. Honey has various surprising health benefits that make it a homemade medicine. It helps to revitalize the skin and make it smooth again. As far as jock itch is concerned, you can prepare a mixture by using pure honey (preferably Manuka honey) and apply it straight onto the area inflicted with fungus. Afterward, leave it on for about 30 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Coconut oil has the healing properties necessary to treat jock itch. The oil is rich in saturated fats and unsaturated fatty acids. It’s a natural healer that cleanses the skin. For fungal infection, you can use this oil generously. To do so, first, rinse the infected area with warm water and pat dry without rubbing rigorously to ensure you don’t irritate the infection. Next, apply organic coconut oil to the infected area and leave to dry. Do not rinse it off and repeat it twice a day.
The baby powder keeps the skin dry and adds a layer of protection against sweat which helps reduce the fungus from spreading. Using baby powder in conjunction with loose-fitting, breathable clothing may help prevent the spread of the fungus to other sensitive regions of the body. Do your best not to scratch the itch caused by the fungus. If you must scratch, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before touching any other part of your body.