Cure Jock Itch Naturally

Jock itch is most common among athletes, but anybody can get it.

Jock itch, known medically as tinea cruris, is a fungal infection that commonly affects the skin around your buttocks, inner thighs and genitals, according to the Mayo Clinic. Jock itch is usually caused by perspiration, which explains how it got its name, but anybody can get jock itch, and it often occurs in people who are overweight. The symptoms of jock itch include red, itchy skin, often accompanied by a ring-shaped red rash. While jock itch isn’t serious, it can be frustrating and uncomfortable. However, there are some things you can do to get rid of jock itch naturally.

Lavender Essential Oil

Barbara Close, author of “Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics,” recommends treating jock itch with lavender essential oil, which has strong antifungal properties. To use lavender essential oil, Close recommends mixing 1 part essential oil with 10 parts jojoba oil, which has a similar texture and consistency to the oils your skin produces naturally. Apply the lavender essential oil mixture in the morning and evening to clean skin.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal that can help kill bacteria that causes jock itch. Tea tree oil is widely available over the counter; formulations with the fewest added ingredients will be the most effective. Use tea tree oil by gently applying a small amount to the affected area after bathing. Allow your skin to fully absorb the tea tree oil before putting on clothes.

Basic Care

If you’re suffering from jock itch it’s especially important that you bathe daily, especially after exercising. Thoroughly dry areas where jock itch is most common–the thighs, groin and buttocks–with a clean towel after getting out of the shower. Change undergarments like socks and underwear at least once per day–more, if you sweat excessively. Always wear clean clothes when exercising and avoid sharing towels and clothing with others. Good hygiene will help prevent jock itch from recurring.

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When to Visit Your Doctor

Natural remedies can help get rid of jock itch, but if you have a persistent case that won’t go away after a week or two, it’s time to see your doctor. In most cases your doctor will prescribe a topical antifungal medication to treat jock itch. If you have particularly severe symptoms or bacterial infections are present in addition to the fungus, your doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics.