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
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.
For a severe or persistent infection, see your doctor and discuss the possibility of topical and/or oral anti-fungal medication.
Apply an antifungal powder containing miconazole when chafing aggravates jock itch.
Wear a jock strap, or athletic supporter, to keep your genitals away from the rest of your skin.
Keep groin area clean and dry.
Wear cotton underwear.
Wear loose-fitting clothes and underwear - boxers are best.
Remove wet bathing suits as soon as you are done swimming.
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.