Home remedies for jock itch can control the activity of fungi to relieve pain and itch caused by it and can also prevent its reoccurrences. Jock itch is fungal infection in the groin area and upper thigh. The fungi causing jock itch is present on human skin and feed on dead skin. The moist and damp area provides them a perfect environment to grow and breed, particularly people having active life or those who sweat a lot suffer with jock itch frequently. It causes embarrassing itching and discomfort and it can spread from one person to another as well as to other parts of the body. Home remedies for jock itch are very handy to treat this condition and cure the infection and prevent its outbreak to avoid embarrassment and discomfort.
People having weaker immunity or suffering with diseases like diabetes are prone to suffer with jock itch. People sharing towels, clothes and people involved in the activities where they cannot keep groin area dry most of the time like sportspersons and people in sitting jobs are also at risk of catching jock itch. People suffering with other types of fungal infections like athlete's foot may also suffer with jock itch. Infection caused by candida albicans is also responsible for causing jock itch. The redness on any skin fold is an early symptom of jock itch which becomes a rash appearing like a red raised plaque. The rash can grow in any pattern and has sharp borders with small blisters and pustules on the boundary and reddish dry area within. Men can have pustules on the skin of the tip of the reproductive organ whereas women may suffer with vaginal itching and whitish thick discharge. The itching keeps on growing everyday and can even cause breaking down of skin. Home remedies for jock itch can relieve the itching and can also prevent the rash from spreading and helping the body to cure the infection in a short time.
Salt water tub bath is one of the simplest and effective home remedies for jock itch. Fill the bath tub with warm water and add salt to it generously. Soak the body in this solution and wash the area affected by the infection. Salt helps in drying the infection and also inhibits the spread and growth of fungi causing the problem.
Garlic provides effective home remedies for jock itch as internal as well as external treatment. Crushed garlic cloves can be applied topically on the infected area to relieve the itch and pain and also to inhibit its growth. Two three cloves of garlic can be blended with a cup of olive oil and can be applied topically on the infected area for quick cure. Intake of garlic as spice or in raw form supports the defense mechanism of the body to fight out the infection and relieve the symptoms. These are few effective home remedies for jock itch provided by garlic.
Soaking and washing the infected part of the skin with diluted apple cider vinegar is one of the most effective home remedies for jock itch. Dab a cotton ball in the mixture prepared by mixing a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and generously soak and wash the infected area. Leave it to dry on its own for few minutes. Apply this 2-3 times in a day and particularly before going to bed for quick relief from the symptoms and removing the infection. Apple cider vinegar has strong properties to control and cure skin infection and provides one of the simplest home remedies for jock itch too.
Take half cup of butter, add a teaspoon of alcohol and apple cider vinegar and mix them well. Keep this mixture in the freezer for at least 3 hours and apply this as a paste on the infected part. It is one of the magical home remedies for jock itch. This mixture can be harsh for people having sensitive skin hence try it on a small part before applying it on whole area.
Topical application of tea tree oil is one of the most popular home remedies for jock itch. The tea tree oil shall be applied at least twice in a day and one should keep applying it even after infection or rash has vanished for at least a week for long term relief and proper cure. Tea tree oil is strong and can be harsh to sensitive skin hence trying on a small part is advised before applying on the whole area.
Prepare a mixture by adding two ounces of bleach to 16 ounces of warm water. Soak a clean towel or piece of cloth in the mixture and apply on the infected area. Repeat this 3-4 times in a day for curing and removing the infection. One should be specific about the quantity of bleach and water while preparing the mixture. This is one of the most effective home remedies for jock itch.
Washing and drying the area with any over the counter anti-bacterial soap also works as one of the simplest home remedies for jock itch. Use soap and water to clean the infected area and wipe the area well with clean towel. Always remember to use separate towel for wiping the infected area and do not use it to wipe other parts of the body. Use a hair dryer to dry the area completely. Repeat this 3-4 times in a day, in most of the cases this treatment can cure the infection and relieve the symptoms.
Look for personal hygiene. Always keep the infected area dry, one can use powder to keep the area dry, use cotton clothes and loose fitting clothes. Do not share towels or clothes with any one else, change undergarments two three times in a day. Increased intake of garlic, fruits and vegetables is supportive diet for curing the infection. Curtail sugary products, oily, refined and processed foods completely. Alcohol can be used as topical application for treating jock itch but it aggravates the infection if taken internally hence completely avoid alcohol intake during infection.