Natural Home Remedies for Jock Itch
Jock itch is a term for any rash that occurs in the male groin area.
It may be caused by a fungus but more often is a result of bacterial overgrowth in a moist area that is often irritated by clothing and movement.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
If there is fungus or yeast infection present, a doctor may prescribe anti-fungal creams or pills. If there is no fungus present, your doctor will tell you to keep the area clean and dry.
A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against infection and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.
If your rash is due to bacterial growth, the best thing you can do is to keep the area clean and dry. If it is due to a fungal or yeast infection, certain foods may help or harm.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING
- Live yogurt cultures
- Non-gluten grains
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID OR REDUCE
- Fermented foods
- Sugars of any kind
- Yeast-containing foods
TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS
- Apple Cider Vinegar—dilute and apply topically
- Chamomile tea
HERBS AND SPICES
- Aloe Vera gel
- Cassia alata paste
- Garlic diluted in olive oil, topically
- Neem leaf paste
Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own. You can make a blend with a carrier oil and put it in a spray bottle.
- Bitter Almond
- Tea tree oil
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
- Anti-fungal supplements if you have a fungal infection
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Change sweaty clothes frequently and wash between wearings.
- Coconut oil, topically
- Honey, topically
- Keep the area dry.
- Lose weight to minimize skin folds.
- Oatmeal bath
- Onion paste, topically
- Powder may help. Use only natural products, unscented.
- Soak in a salt bath for 15 minutes once or twice a day. Salt draws moisture from blisters.
- Use natural, unscented detergents.
- Wash in chamomile tea.
- Wear loose cotton underwear.
Other conditions may look like jock itch while being something else entirely, so if your rash and irritation does not clear up with home treatment, be sure to check with a doctor to rule out other skin conditions like ringworm or impetigo.
PREVENTION is a healthy immune system
- A wholesome, balanced diet
- Adequate hydration
- Regular exercise
- Low stress levels
- Quality sleep
- Good hygiene