Symptoms, Causes and Remedies for Jock Itch

Article written by Health and fitness centre

Jock itch is a fungal infection caused by a fungus call Trichophyton rubrum. This fungus mainly grows in warm and moist parts of the body such as the skin of the genitals, inner thigh, groin area and buttocks. Jock itch is also known as tinea cruis and it can be very uncomfortable. However, it is not a serious infection and is more common in men. Overweight and profusely sweating can also result in this infection.

Symptoms of jock itch are formation of red, itchy and ring-shaped rashes in areas like genitals, buttocks and inner thighs. These rashes only tend to get most severe as time passes causing the breakdown of the skin.

Other symptoms of jock itch include peeling or cracking of groin skin, burning sensation or chafing around groin area.

Causes of jock itch infection are constant sweating resulting is formation of moisture on the skin. Wearing tight outfits and undergarments can also result in sweating thus forming jock itch. Individuals suffering with AIDS and diabetes can also be infected with jock itch due to their weak immune system. Jock itch is a contagious infection, thus it is recommended that individuals avoid sharing their personal belongings with infected people. Infections like athletes foot can also result in jock itch.

Home remedies to cure jock itch are:

  • Keeping warm and moist areas clean and dry.
  • Applying OTC antifungal cream, powder or spray on affected areas.
  • Changing undergarments daily.
  • Using antidandruff shampoo on the infected skin.
  • Applying tea tree oil on the infected area.
  • Including good quantity of garlic in food as garlic has antifungal properties.
  • Applying garlic and honey on affected area can also be beneficial.

Diet includes avoiding consumption of refined carbohydrates, sugar and food consisting yeast. Avoiding alcohol as it eventually converts to sugar. Consume lots of raw fruits and vegetables. Avoid greasy, fried and processed food.

Wear loose cotton clothes and use silica to keep the damp body area dry.