Over-the-counter ointments are ordinarily used to treat the fungal infection commonly known as jock itch, but several alternative remedies, including lemon juice, can also help clean and heal the infection.
The Nature of Jock Itch
Jock itch is the growth of a fungus, Tinea cruris, in the groin. Fungus does well in areas that are warm, dark and moist. Jock itch is most often found in males who wear athletic supporters. In addition to a tormenting itch, dandruff-scales and blisters can develop on either side of the scrotum and spread along the groin area. It is not clear how fungal infections spread, although public showers and locker rooms add to the problem. About one in five people develop a fungal infection that can spread to other parts of the body, the arms, legs, chest or feet.
Conventional treatment calls for anti-fungal creams, sprays or powder applied twice a day for two weeks. These remedies include clotrimazole (Lotrim) and tolnaftate (Tinactin) and other over-the counter-medicines.
Alternative Treatments, Including Lemon Juice
Alternative treatments include poultices of oregano, lavender or peppermint. Tea tree oil diluted with almond oil is sometimes applied several times a day. Itching can also be relieved with cedar wood and jasmine oils as well as a solution of 15 ounces of grapefruit seed in one ounce of water. Healthy skin produces a natural acid. To replenish the skin’s natural acid, spray the infected area with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon in 2 cups of water. Pat the area dry. Don’t wash it.
A hair-dryer on a cool setting can be used to dry the infected area after showering, and the person suffering from jock itch should wear loose-fitting cotton underwear. A warm bath relieves itching in many patients. The affected area should be kept clean and dry. Towels should not be shared at the gym.