4 Home Remedies for Jock Itch

home remedies for jock itch

What is jock itch? How do you know if you have it? What causes jock itch? How can you get rid of it? If you’re experiencing jock itch symptoms, then all of these questions are probably running through your head. Today, we’ll explain what jock itch is, what symptoms indicate that you have it, how you might have gotten it, and how to get rid of jock itch with a natural home jock itch treatment. The home remedies for jock itch that we’ll introduce today are effective at treating the condition and ensuring that your skin stays healthy and clean.

Jock Itch Symptoms and What Causes Jock Itch

Jock itch is a fungal infection that is also called tinea cruris. It is actually a type of ringworm, which, despite its name, is not actually a worm. Rather, it is a fungal infection (from trichophyton rebrum fungus) that affects the outer layers of your skin. Many people think that it only happens to men, because of the name, but it actually affects women, men, boys, and girls.  Jock itch symptoms usually affect the bottom, the groin and genitals, and the inner thighs of the affected individual. These symptoms include a rash that is typically reddish brown in the center, blisters, pain, and itching. The edges of the rash are often scaly. While it is very uncomfortable, it is not usually a very serious condition, and it can easily be treated with home remedies.

It can look like this:

home remedies for jock itch

When it comes to what causes jock itch, there are multiple factors. For starters, there are the risk factors, such as being male (it is more common among males), being overweight, sweating a lot, having a weakened immune system, and even just wearing underwear that are tightly fitting. Beyond that, it is a contagious fungal infection, so it can quickly spread from one person to another if you share personal items, including towels, clothing, and loofahs. It can also be spread from a toenail fungal infection or athletes foot, so if you have any fungal infections on your feet, you will want to be sure to treat that infection and always put socks on before putting your underwear on.

To prevent jock itch from spreading to others, do not share personal items, and use the following home remedies for jock itch to get rid of the problem once and for all.

1 Home Remedies for Jock Itch with Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol works as a jock itch home remedy for multiple reasons. It is a drying agent that helps to make the environment of your skin less friendly to the fungal infection. Fungus will grow best in an area that is warm and moist, which is why jock itch happens in areas where you are likely to be warmest and sweatiest. The rubbing alcohol will make the area too dry to be hospitable to the fungus. The rubbing alcohol will also kill the fungus  and any bacteria in the area. Use the following instructions to use rubbing alcohol as a jock itch home remedy.

You will need…

  • Rubbing alcohol (90% isopropyl alcohol)
  • Cotton balls

The Process

  1. Use a cotton ball to dab rubbing alcohol on the jock itch rash.
  2. Do not wash off – the alcohol will evaporate.
  3. Wash your hands well afterwards and discard cotton ball.
  4. Repeat 3 times each day.

2 Home Remedies for Jock Itch with White Vinegar

White vinegar is an antifungal and antiseptic jock itch home remedy because it has acetic acid that modifies the pH levels of your skin. This kills the fungus and prevents it from thriving. It can also help to ease the pain and itchiness of the infection. Use the following instructions for a home jock itch remedy with white vinegar.

home remedies for jock itch white vinegar

You will need…

  • ¼ cup of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • Clean washcloth

The Process

  1. Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of water.
  2. Soak a clean washcloth in the vinegar solution.
  3. Use the soaked washcloth to gently wash the whole area.
  4. Allow the solution to dry on your skin, do not rinse.
  5. Wash your hands well afterwards.
  6. Repeat 2 times each day (morning and night).

3 Home Remedies for Jock Itch with Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a useful home remedy for acne, a treatment for pink eye, and even a yeast infection remedy. It works on fungal infections, like jock itch, for many of the same reasons that white vinegar works. It changes the pH level of your skin, makes your skin an inhospitable environment for fungus, and has antifungal and antibacterial properties, too. You can use the following instructions for an effective home jock itch remedy with apple cider vinegar.

You will need…

  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Clean washcloth

The Process

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 2 cups of warm water and mix well.
  2. Soak a clean washcloth in the apple cider vinegar solution.
  3. Use the soaked washcloth to gently clean the whole area.
  4. Allow to dry and do not rinse.
  5. Wash your hands well afterwards.
  6. Repeat 2 times each day (morning and night).

4  Home Remedies for Jock Itch with Listerine Mouth Wash

Like white vinegar and apple cider vinegar, the amber colored Listerine mouth wash is an excellent antifungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial home remedy for jock itch. You have to use the amber colored one to get the ingredients that you will need, including the antifungal thymol, the essential eucalyptol oil, and the organic salicylate acid. The thymol is used for treating a lot of different fungal infections. The eucalyptol oil is an antimicrobial ingredient that also acts as an anti-inflammatory ingredient. The salicylate acid helps your skin to shed dead cells and grow healthy new ones. You can also include tea tree oil in this remedy to cleanse and soothe your skin, while getting rid of any bacteria. Use the following instructions to create your own home remedies for jock itch with Listerine.

home remedies for jock itch mouthwash

You will need…

  • 1 cup of amber colored Listerine
  • 5 drops of tea tree oil
  • Cotton balls

The Process

  1. Add 5 drops of tea tree oil to 1 cup of amber colored Listerine.
  2. Use cotton balls to apply the mixture to your affected skin.
  3. Allow to dry and do not rinse off.
  4. Discard cotton balls and wash your hands.
  5. Repeat 3 times each day (morning, afternoon, night).

Let us know in the comments how these home remedies for jock itch worked for you.