Medically referred to as Tinea Cruris, jock itch is a fungal infection that appears on the skin and most commonly affects areas that are not exposed to the sun or fresh air. The Fungus thrives in moist and warm areas, so you are most likely to find it in areas such as; the groin, inner thighs, and buttocks, as well as any folds or creases in the skin. It may collect sweat creating a warm environment for the infection to grow. This Fungus is naturally found in the skin, hair, and nails and is harmless for the most part. The infected multiplies quickly causing the infection to spread. Jock itch is not exclusive to men although many believe it to be; anyone could suffer from Jock itch. As humans, the moment we notice something different or odd about our bodies we jump to a terrifying conclusion, so it is best to be informed. Aside from the obvious discomfort and general irritation of the infected areas you may also notice the following symptoms:
- Redness or discoloration of the area
- Persistent itching that cannot be satisfied
- A burning or stinging sensation especially when exposed to sweat
- An ever growing rash that spreads further with exercise and activity
- Peeling, Cracking or Flaking skin on or around the area.
Our first resort when having itchy skin is to apply an ointment or cream. The problem with this is it only moistens the area. It makes the environment more favorable to fungus. Not only that but by touching the infected areas and spreading an ointment, you are spreading the Fungus. Providing correct treatment, cream or ointment is vital to eliminate Jock Itch because it is not only about relieving the irritating symptoms but actually killing the infection from its roots. So, are you committed to treating it correctly to get rid of it? There is no magic behind this application that miracle cream will make it disappear forever. Better yet there are home remedies that will cure Jock Itch.
1. Tea Tree Oil
This fantastic oil is one of the best home remedies. This is so because of its natural and safe anti-bacterial properties. In the case of Jock Itch, it reduces itchiness as well as the inflammation of the infected skin.
The oil can be made by mixing four drops of tea tree oil along with a tablespoon of coconut oil to make a fragrant blend. Next, use a cotton ball and dip into mixture. Dab it on the infected area. Do not rub or wipe, only dab. Allow the mixture to dry on the skin. Repeat the process twice a week to see the results. Alternatively, fill a bath with water, add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil and soak your body for 15 to 20 minutes