How to Treat Jock Itch

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How to Treat Jock Itch
Treat Jock Itch

Jock itch is caused by a fungus called Tinea cruris that infects the groin, the inner thighs and sometimes even the buttocks. Treat jock itch and then be meticulous in trying to prevent its return.

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Things you need

  • Cotton Underwear
  • Antifungal Creams
  • Jockstraps

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    Apply an over-the-counter antifungal cream three times a day, or as directed in the product instructions, to get rid of the fungus. Treatment must continue for three to four weeks or the fungus will reappear.

  2. 2

    For a severe or persistent infection, see your doctor and discuss the possibility of topical and/or oral anti-fungal medication.

  3. 3

    Apply an antifungal powder containing miconazole when chafing aggravates jock itch.

  4. 4

    Wear a jock strap, or athletic supporter, to keep your genitals away from the rest of your skin.

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    Keep groin area clean and dry.

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    Wear cotton underwear.

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    Wear loose-fitting clothes and underwear - boxers are best.

  8. 8

    Remove wet bathing suits as soon as you are done swimming.

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    Sleep naked to let the infected area air out.

Tips and warnings

  • Your symptoms should improve within 7 to 10 days of using your antifungal creams. If your condition persists or spreads, see your doctor.
  • This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

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