I have suffered from jock itch for 40 years. Sometimes it is terrible. I have used thousands of tubes of jock itch cream. I have been to dermatoligists to no avail. I stumbled across washing my scrotum three times a day with 3% hydrogen peroxide...it's a miracle. I use no creme now, nothing!! Try it.
After reviewing the comments for Jock itch and finding most of them not scientifically based, or harmful, ive decide to share my thoughts.
Jock itch is a fungal infection, not bacteria, antibiotic creams wont work. Exfoliating with honey and oatmeal is a disaster, the fungus will feed off the honey.
Fungus loves warm, moist environments so if you change the jock environment the fungis will die out.
Change underwear frequently, add bleach when washing underwear, and iron with a steam iron to kill fungus in the fabric, and prevent re-infection. Always wear cotton underwear.
Shower frequently, Applying a barrier cream such as for diaper rash, zinc oxide, etc. will block moisture from fungus.
In extreme cases of itching which can affect your sleep you may take antihistamine tablets, they wont kill the fungus, but will make you feel better.
Washing and rinsing the crotch area with antidandruf shampoo (head and shoulders, selsun blue)is very effective, even stronger is pharmacy grade shampoo called Nizoral (it has a powerful antifungal ingredient. one drop is enough for a rich lather.
If you follow the steps above, you should be fine in 2-3 days.
THE REMEDY that WILL work for JOCK ITCH & ATHLETE'S FOOT:
BEFORE going to BED:
WASH area with mild soap and water, allow to AIR DRY.
Using only Your hands (gloved is OK) apply Distilled White Vinegar to the affected area.
Allow to AIR DRY. Go to Sleep.
Next Morning bathe/shower as usual.
REPEAT in 2 days.
Then REPEAT 2 days later.
Total 3 times in one week.
[it will feel better after 1 time - but to get rid of it completely -do it 3 times in one week]
For yeast/skin infections on the exterior area.
Many of the suggestions up here seem like good options - particularly use of tea tree oil (since it is good against both bacterial and fungal infections), use of hydrogen peroxide, etc.
Two suggestions I might make are, after taking a shower, then also soaking in slightly chlorinated salt water (consider using iodinized salt) - 1/2 of bleach and 1 cup salt to a full tub. Soak for 20 minutes or so. Rinse off afterwards to get excess off. Pat dry the area with a clean washcloth that you wash in hot water with bleach and use a new one each time. Let the area then air dry for a while, before putting on clean cotton underwear (that was also washed in hot water with bleach).
At the same time, take Zicam cold tablets. Zinc appears to have good effect on fungal and skin infections. Consider also taking probiotics, garlic and other dietary efforts to help your system fight the infection. If it gets worse then obviously consider seeking medical help or going to stronger efforts.
I found that one problem with these infections is that you might succeed in fighting the fungal only to get a bacterial infection, or get contact dermititis (allergy), just inflammation/irrigation, or excessive dryness. Many times the problem is compounded by having to regain balance between the good bateria, food fungus, etc that naturally is in your skin/system. Once this balance is off, it is hard to regain and creams/topical medicines can start swinging you in one direction or the other. The more you can do by NOT putting something on for extended periods of time there you might fair better.
If you are trying a ton of stuff on it and it seems to be getting worse, it may be that you have won your original war (fungal) and it is now going in the opposite direction - bacterial, dryness, irrigation. If that is the case you might try to stop everything but the chlorinated salt baths, use a gentle skin conditioner with oatmeal and no other fragrances, and after that rinse off the excess, drying the area gently and let it air dry. Take the dietary efforts at this time since those can work without irritating the area.
Lastly, if you have a fungal infection, consider avoiding sugar, particularly very sweet desserts. Fungus feeds on sugar in your bloodstream (which is why diabetics have problems with fungal infections). Some will tell you that you should avoid all sugars including breads, etc. That can be tough - but at least consider cutting out desserts, white flower where you can, and eat a balanced diet.
I have higher than normal bloodsugars which the fungus feedoff, so occasionally I can have bad jock itch. When it gets raw and open and sticky, baby diaper rash medicine like Desitin is the only thing that provides some relief. Silk underwear is good too. Can get under 100% control if really bad with a round of Lamisil (pills are very expensive). Best product I used was a shower body wash by Body Essence exfoliating with honey and oatmeal but they have stopped making it!! Keep crotch dry and cool and it goes away. Good luck.
Tried everything, Had it for a month. Spent all kinds of money on creams and powders...the only thing that has worked is to use some underarm deodorant on the, uh, areas, and wash with Cetaphil antibacterial soap. Worked pretty well and I live in Florida nd work outside so I sweat.
Gold Bond Medicated powder, it is the one in the gold bottle. I used to work at a Boys Scout Camp as the Health Officer and the boys kept comming to me with this poblem. So I asked our Head Boy Scout leader to get me some. The boys used this method and I had no more complaints. I am guessing that it was so bad that they felt embarrassed to come me, me being a woman, after they left my office they said they felt much better. Good Luck Guys.
Get half a cup of butter, A tsp of whiskey, and vinegar.. Mix them together at a freezing tempature, rub on twice daily.. Also, avoid eating sugar and carbs!! Worked great with the hubby!!
1. Shower/Wash Nightly
2. Change Underwear- Twice Daily
3. Reduce Eating Sugar
It will be gone in a few days and forever. It's a nasty bacteria that itches, itches and itches.
after trying many natural remedies for jock itch i started giving up hope that my groin area would ever look normal again...but then i decided to try coconut oil which i use to moisturize my face...just rub it on the affected area twice a day and i will guarantee results within days... it really is a miracle cure...i use the 'nui'certified organic virgin coconut oil... please give it a go!!!!!