Jock Itch (cont.)
Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD
Dr. Cole is board certified in dermatology. He obtained his BA degree in bacteriology, his MA degree in microbiology, and his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He trained in dermatology at the University of Oregon, where he completed his residency.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- Jock itch facts
- What is jock itch? What does jock itch look like?
- What causes jock itch?
- Who gets jock itch?
- What are jock itch symptoms and signs?
- Does jock itch affect the entire body?
- How is jock itch diagnosed?
- Is jock itch curable? Is jock itch contagious?
- What are possible complications of jock itch?
- What is the treatment for jock itch?
- What home remedy can I use for jock itch?
- What holistic jock itch treatments are available?
- How do I treat fungal jock itch?
- How do I treat bacterial jock itch?
- How is itching from jock itch treated?
- Why is my groin still discolored?
- What is the best drug for jock itch?
- What is the prognosis with jock itch?
- When should I call my doctor about jock itch?
- How do I prevent jock itch?
- Find a local Dermatologist in your town
What home remedy can I use for jock itch?
Home remedy for mild jock itch includes the following:
- Washing the groin skin two to three times a day with a gentle soapless cleanser like Dove non-soap cleanser or Cetaphil and water
- Keeping the groin area dry
- Avoiding excess groin skin irritation by wearing 100% cotton underwear
- Avoiding fabric softeners, bleaches, or harsh laundry detergents
- Applying a mix of over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream and clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex) cream one to two times a day to the affected area
What holistic jock itch treatments are available?
Holistic (nonmedicated) home remedy options for jock itch include
- soaking the affected area daily with a washcloth dipped in dilute white vinegar (1 part vinegar to 4 parts of water) and drying the skin;
- soaking in a bathtub daily or every other day with very dilute Clorox bleach (1 quarter cup of Clorox bleach in a bathtub full of water) and drying the skin.
How do I treat fungal jock itch?
Mild fungal or yeast jock itch may be treated by
- washing the groin twice daily with an antifungal shampoo like ketoconazole (Nizoral shampoo) or selenium sulfide (Selsun Blue shampoo).
Moderate fungal or yeast jock itch is often treated by a combination of
- washing the groin twice daily with an antifungal shampoo like ketoconazole or selenium sulfide;
- using a topical antifungal cream like miconazole (Monistat, Micatin), clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex), or terbinafine (Lamisil).
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Severe fungal or yeast jock itch is typically treated by a combination of
- washing groin twice daily with an antifungal shampoo like ketoconazole or selenium sulfide;
- using a topical antifungal cream like miconazole, clotrimazole, or terbinafine;
- taking an antifungal pill like fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), or terbinafine.
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