Jock itch ranks among the most uncomfortable skin ailments imaginable, given the sensitivity of the groin area where it occurs. Jock itch manifests as burning, itching, flaking, peeling, and extreme discomfort, occurring on the male genitals and sometimes inner thighs and rear as well. Jock itch is caused by a fungal infection of the skin, and therefore needs to be treated by anti fungal agents to effectively eliminate it.
Preventive Measures to Avoid Jock Itch
Fungi tend to grow in moist, warm environments, which is why the groin area is a prime location for it to thrive. To make your own groin a less inviting target for fungal growth, avoid tight underwear and tight pants which cause you to sweat and don’t allow for air circulation to help dry the area. Some people are more susceptible than others to either excessive sweating (such as men who are overweight) or to fungal infection itself (because genetic factors and autoimmune diseases can play a role in an individual’s vulnerability), so if you have suffered from jock itch before and believe you may be among the susceptible populations, it’s even more important to take precautions. Wear loose-fitting boxers, keep your underwear and athletic supporters clean, and avoid tight-fitting pants.
Because the fungus causing jock itch is contagious, you should also avoid exposure which can lead to your own jock itch infection. Take your own towels to the gym, sit on a clean towel in saunas, and keep your underwear clean and dry. Also avoid exposure to athlete’s foot, recognizing that the same fungus causes both conditions, and a case of athlete’s foot can quickly become a case of jock itch, so take care to wear slippers in community showers, keep your socks clean and dry. Avoid sharing towels or other items which have been used by another person, and be kind enough to refrain from sexual intercourse when you may pass the infection to your partner.
Treating Jock Itch
A number of over-the-counter medicated ointments are available to treat jock itch. As you select an ointment, check the ingredients to make sure the active ingredients include an antifungal agent. Products like Lotrimin AF, Micatin, Lamisil AT, and Monistat-Derm have been proven to be effective for most people in eradicating an infestation of jock itch.
For some people, medicated anti-dandruff shampoo can help the condition, and tea tree oil is a natural agent for antifungal uses, which can be applied directly to the affected areas. Garlic and honey can also be effective (though messy) due to the anti-microbial properties of both foods. Some people also advocate the use of vinegar.
If the over the counter remedies aren’t sufficient for your own infection, a doctor can prescribe a medication with stronger anti-fungal properties, such as Spectazole or Oxistat. Another prescription option is a systemic anti-fungal agent to be taken orally, such as oral Lamisil. If you also have athlete’s foot, make sure you treat the fungus in both areas, or your athlete’s foot can spread right back into the jock area.
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