Jock itch is most common in men and adolescent boys. The infection causes a rash that often itches or burns. The affected areas can also be red, flaky, or scaly.
Though jock itch can be bothersome, it’s typically a mild infection. Treating it quickly will minimize symptoms and keep the infection from spreading.
Keep your skin clean and dry. Make sure to dry yourself thoroughly after a shower because fungus thrives in warm, moist environments. When you can, either go without underwear or go naked to expose the affected area to air. When that’s not feasible, at least wear boxers instead of briefs.
Avoid wearing any clothing that rubs or irritates your crotch. Avoid tight underwear and tight pants of any kind.
Refrain from scratching. Scratching will irritate the rash and could break your skin, creating the potential for infection.
Trim your nails if you can’t stop scratching. Wear gloves when you’re trying to go to sleep at night.Take a cool bath for relief. Sprinkle the water with uncooked oatmeal, baking soda or a substance called colloidal oatmeal (Aveeno is a good brand) that is made specifically for the bath. Just dry your crotch thoroughly when you get out of the tub.
Use Bond medicated powder. This powder has a soothing effect and it can help to provide some relief as well. It also contains a baking powder component, which will help to dry up the moisture. You can purchase Bond powder over the counter and it is inexpensive.
Talk to your doctor. It is important to talk to your doctor if the scaly redness doesn’t go away within a couple of weeks, if it starts getting worse, or if you notice that it’s turned yellow and oozes. Your doctor can offer you a couple of options:
Prescription creams: Doctors can prescribe prescription strength anti-fungals including econazole and oxiconazole.
Antibiotics: If your jock itch has become infected, doctors can prescribe an antibiotic to help clear up the infection.
Oral anti-fungal medications: Sporanox, Diflucan or Lamisil are all medications that your doctor may prescribe for you. These prescriptions may be given for one month to one year. You may experience gastrointestinal problems or abnormal liver function. If you’re taking antacids or warfarin, you probably shouldn’t take these medications. Another option, Grifulvin V, takes longer to work but seems good for people who are allergic to other anti-fungals or who have conditions that makes taking other medications a bad idea.
Shower daily. Don’t wait long to shower after you’ve been perspiring heavily or exercising. Use mild soap and water, and avoid anti-bacterial and deodorant soaps.
Wash your underwear and athletic supporter frequently. Also, never share your towels or any of your clothing with other people, especially during the active stage of the infection. Jock itch can spread by contact with unwashed clothing or athletic cups.
Do not dry your body with the same towel that you use to dry the affected area because this can also cause the infection to spread.