Have you found yourself with typical jock itch symptoms —itchy red circular rash on your inner thigh or groin area? If so you may be wondering if there are any easy at-home remedies for jock itch, or maybe you are hoping that your jock itch will go away on its own. Read on to find out more about the easiest at-home remedies for jock itch.
Natural Remedies for Jock Itch
If you Google natural remedies for jock itch, chances are lots of different search results will pop up.
Many times, ‘natural’ remedies such as apple cider vinegar, baking soda, and natural oils are recommended as cures for fungal infections. But there’s a catch, even though most of us have easy access to these substances in our cupboards at home, they are not proven as effective or safe jock itch treatments!
As we have discussed in our blog Athlete's Foot Home Remedies: Do They Really Work? these ‘treatments’ are not proven and some can even irritate fungal infections. So if you have tried one of these unproven treatments and are wondering why your jock itch won't go away, it may be time to try a proven and effective treatment.
That said, before you consider any other treatment alternatives, it is always best to use a safe and proven jock itch treatment from the start to ensure a quick and effective cure. If you use an effective treatment from the start, you’re more likely to eradicate the fungal infection and prevent jock itch from coming back and developing into a chronic skin infection.
Home Remedy for Jock Itch
One of the best at-home jock itch treatments is an effective jock itch cream. Instead of trialing those products you may have lying around at home in kitchen and bathroom cabinets, it’s best to get hold of a proper antifungal cream designed with the purpose of eradicating jock itch.
We recommend using Silka Ⓡ Jock Itch cream. When applied consistently according to the instructions, your jock itch treatment should be completed in 7 days.
Start your jock itch treatment as soon as possible to prevent the fungal infection from spreading to other parts of your body or to other people in your household.
The fungal infection can spread easily from sharing clothes, sheets, and towels. Jock itch spreads easily to other parts of the body from you touching the infection then touching another area like the scalp.
Remember that if you have any pre-existing conditions or your jock itch won’t go away after 14 days, it’s best to see your doctor who can provide you with a personalized treatment plan.
Prevent Jock Itch From Coming Back
Once you’ve eradicated your jock itch infection, it’s important to follow a few simple steps to prevent jock itch from coming back. It’s easy enough to prevent jock itch when you know what sort of steps to take.
Most jock itch infections begin from an athlete’s foot infection. So the key to preventing the majority of jock itch infections actually starts with your feet and following a proper foot care routine.
Here are a few steps to follow:
• Wash your feet at least once a day with warm water and mild soap. Always wash your feet following intense exercise and at the end of the day when you’re winding down. Make sure to put on a clean pair of breathable socks.
• Wear breathable footwear made of natural fibers like leather. These types of materials allow airflow and help ensure your feet don’t become too damp from sweat.
• Apply foot powder. Silka Ⓡ Odor Defense Powder helps absorb some of the excess moisture from your feet and keeps them sweat free for longer. We recommend applying a thin layer of foot powder at the start of the day before putting on a clean pair of socks.
Read more about how to prevent athlete’s foot.
Jock itch can also be caused by wearing tight sweat-soaked clothing for long periods of time. The fungus thrives in hot and humid conditions so it’s important to follow a few steps to prevent jock itch from taking hold.
When you finish a heavy workout, make sure to wash your gym clothes right after use. Don’t be tempted to wear the same set of workout clothes the next day as this will only encourage the fungus to thrive. Read more about avoiding jock itch and ringworm at the gym.
Wear loose cotton clothes and underwear. Tight clothing can cause you to sweat more and encourage the fungal spores to develop. Cotton fibers are also much more breathable and encourage airflow around your skin.