When I suffered from jock itch, I visited many websites that advocated certain jock itch home remedies. I was desperate for a jock itch cure, so I tried them with mixed results. The purpose of this article is to assess their effectiveness so you don’t make the same mistakes as me.
There are a number of common jock itch home remedy suggestions which are as follows:
1. The use of Apple Cider Vinegar applied directly to the skin. It smells and causes severe stinging to your groin which is a sensitive area of your body. Apple cider Vinegar is high in malic acid a natural antifungal. I would advise not going to these lengths as malic acid is a natural substance found in fruit and vegetables, and one of the richest sources being apples.
2. The use of garlic mixed with honey or olive oil and applied as a paste to the groin area. Again this smells and will cause stinging to your groin. Garlic is well known for its antifungal properties. Rather than using garlic as a paste you should consider using fresh garlic when cooking or take a supplement of garlic oil daily to get the antifungal benefits of garlic.
3. The use of tea tree oil drops on the groin a few times a day. Tea tree oil is known for its antifungal properties and is strong smelling. Again this is harsh on the skin if applied undiluted. A better way of using tea tree oil is to use organic tea tree skin wash for a few weeks during treatment. This provides the antifungal power and it dries your skin therefore taking out moisture that fungi need to thrive. After a while, I found that tea tree oil dries the skin too much so I reverted back to using conventional shower gel.
4. Bathing in diluted bleach (or vinegar) or applying it directly to your skin. This is down right irresponsible. Bathing in or rubbing chemicals into your skin is not advised.
5. Applying cornstarch to your groin, an ingredient used in cooking. The idea is to take moisture from your groin which fungi need to thrive. I would instead recommend using Johnson’s baby powder after showering. This is inexpensive, gentle and designed to be applied to a person’s skin, not put into their food!
6. The use of Listerine or Vicks Vapour as a rub, antiseptic soap, baking soda or salt in a bath. They each have antiseptic properties which will only serve to offer temporary relief to the inflammation caused by the scratching. For me, I found applying antiseptic cream or taking baths containing salt offered relief from the soreness and inflammation
7. Washing groin with antifungal or anti–dandruff shampoo. These are effective as they contain the active antifungal ingredient Ketoconazole. However if you suffer from recurring jock itch it will only serve to mask your symptoms temporarily.
8. Using over the counter antifungal creams such as Canesten, Lamisil or Tinactin. These creams are effective for providing temporary relief however they don’t address the cause of recurring jock itch serving only to mask symptoms temporarily.