Jock itch or tinea cruris is a fungal infection that affects the inner thighs, buttocks and groin area. It comes from the same fungus as ringworm. Jock itch gets its name from jocks or athletes because of its association with sweating. There are a number of natural cures for jock itch, but only a few can be used as a single cure for this condition.
While treating jock itch, you should consider whether you have taken a lot of antibiotics or corticosteroids in the past year. Even though jock itch is caused by a fungus called trichophytum rubrum, your condition may be aggravated by an overgrowth of Candida albicans. Candida albicans is present in the colon, digestive tract and on the skin. Overgrowth can be spurred by certain medications as well as food allergies, a poor diet and stress. Women who take birth control pills are also susceptible to candida overgrowth. If your condition is recurring, you may have to treat the fungus internally as well.
Types of natural bathing cures
A natural cure will need to be applied to typical symptoms associated with jock itch. Symptoms can include red, ring-shaped rashes or blisters that itch or burn. Some may be scalelike in appearance. You should avoid using antibacterial or scented soaps when treating jock itch. They can irritate and worsen your condition. Instead, bathe with coconut oil soaps. You can also do sitz baths with coconut oil or garlic. Either ingredient can be used individually for cueing jock itch.
Types of external cures
You can also rub garlic or coconut oil on your infected areas to cure jock itch. If you are using only garlic, blend two cloves with a cup of olive oil and spread it over the infected areas. You can also spread coconut oil liberally on your rash or blisters. One other single cure for jock itch is cornstarch. But you can only use it when your body is dry. It cannot be used for bathing, nor should it be used for internal fungus. Cornstarch can prevent chafing when going outside of the house. Apply it a couple times per day for up to two weeks.
Types of internal cures
If you have recurring incidences of jock itch, you will also need to eradicate any Candida albicans overgrowth. Garlic or coconut oil can be used to treat this condition. Garlic is a powerful antiseptic and can eradicate systemic candida and repair inflammation in the colon. Take 2 to 4g of fresh, minced garlic cloves per day. Coconut oil kills lipid-coated bacteria in the body without harming natural bacteria. Add several ounces to water or your favourite drink.
People with haemophilia should not use garlic for curing systemic candida overgrowth as it can hinder blood clotting. They will need to use coconut oil instead. Garlic can also cause bad breath, upset stomachs, bad breath and a stinging sensation on the skin. If you have any of these adverse reactions, consider switching to coconut oil.
You can prevent jock itch by eating a healthy diet rich in fibre, vegetables and fruit. People with jock itch often have compromised or weak immunity. Proper hygiene is also important. Also, be sure to change out of any sweaty or wet clothing as jock itch grows in humid, damp areas.