Jock itch is an infection caused by fungi, and affects the groin, inner thighs, buttocks and genital areas of both men and women. It usually affects those areas of the body that are moist, and is very common in athletes and adult men. Other causes may include sweating, weak immune system, diabetes, being overweight and wearing tight-fitting cloths and undergarments. The signs to look out for include – redness on the folds of the groin, itching, pain and burning sensation, blisters and flaking of the skin. Fortunately, it is not a very serious skin condition, and can be controlled by using antifungal ointments prescribed by a registered doctor. However, there are a few homemade remedies you can try, if you experience a jock itch for the first time.

Home Remedies for Jock Itch

1. Alcohol

Alcohol helps kill fungi that causes jock itch and keeps the skin around the groin dry. Use alcohol that is 90% isopropyl. Dab a cotton ball in the alcohol and apply on the affected area. Alcohol evaporates immediately, so you do not have to wash it off. Do this 4 to 5 times in a day until the itch subsides.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a strong anti-fungal that checks different kinds of skin inflammations. Mix two cups of warm water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Use the mixture to wash the affected area and let it dry (do not wash off with water). Do this thrice a day.

3. Bleach

Bleach has three-in-one properties and is ideal for treating jock itch. Fill a bath tub with water and add ¼ cup of bleach to it. Now soak your body in the water for 15 minutes. Do this every day or on every alternate day. The itch will subside quickly. Do not forget to wash your body with regular water afterwards.

4. Listerine

Listerine mouthwash has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that ward off the red inflammation on skin. Apply Listerine mouthwash on the affected areas using a cotton ball. Let the solution dry.

Note- Do not use Listerine, if you have any open wounds around the groin area.

5. White Vinegar

Mix vinegar and warm water in the ratio 1:4. Soak a cloth or handkerchief in the solution. Wipe the affected area with this cloth and allow the solution to dry. Do not rinse it off. Repeat this two times in a day.

6. Salt Bath

Salt helps prevent the infection as well as treats blisters. You can use any type of salt for this treatment. Fill a bath tub with water and add 200 grams of salt to it. Soak your body in the water for 30 minutes and then wash it off with regular warm water. Do this every day at night before going to bed.

7. Onion

Make an onion paste and apply it on the affected area. Keep it on for half an hour and then rinse it off with water. You can also use onion oil or juice instead of the paste.

8. Honey

Honey makes the skin smooth. To treat fungal infections such as jock itch, use manuka honey on the affected areas. Wash it off with warm water after 30 minutes and pat dry.

9. Garlic

Garlic has anti-fungal properties that help cure jock itch. People with sensitive skin should not use this remedy, as it can cause a burning sensation.

10. Baking Soda

Make a paste by mixing baking soda with water. Apply it on the infected skin. After 20 minutes, wash it off with water and pat the skin dry.

11. Coconut Oil

Use coconut oil in its purest form. Wash the area and pat it dry. Next apply coconut oil on the infected skin and let it be there. Do this two times in a day.

12. Corn Starch

Sprinkle corn starch on the affected area of the groin. It will keep that area dry. Do this after every 4 hours.

13. Oatmeal Bath

Add two cups of powdered oatmeal to a bath tub. Soak your body in the tub for 20 minutes. Massage the groin area with the water. Repeat this every night before you hit the hay.

14. Baby Powder

Baby powder is very useful for keeping the moist areas of our body dry. Sprinkle baby powder generously in the areas where you sweat the most.

15. Sunlight

Sunlight helps kill any type of fungal infection. Walking in the sun, especially in the morning, is ideal for patients suffering from acute jock infection.

16. Anti-dandruff Shampoo

Washing the groin area with a good anti-dandruff shampoo will help clear the boils and blisters.

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Herbal Remedies for Jock Itch

17. Herbal Extracts

Extracts of herbs like lemon grass, calendula and witch hazel are ideal for treating jock itch. Simply rub the extracts on the infected area and leave it.

18. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint reduces the itchiness. Apply peppermint oil onto the infected area every morning.

19. Jasmine Oil

Mix jasmine oil with orange oil and apply onto the infected area on a daily basis.

20. Chamomile

Chamomile oil helps relieve the itchiness. Apply a few drops onto the affected skin area every day.

21. Oregano Oil

Mix oregano oil with any other essential oil and apply onto the skin.

22. Grapefruit Seed Extract

Instead of the natural seed, commercially manufactured grape fruit extracts are ideal for treating jock itch. You can easily find the body washes and creams made from grapefruit at chemist shops.

23. Goldenseal Root

Apply goldenseal extract onto the infected skin area and see the difference. One can also take goldenseal orally, to improve the immune system.

24. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of the best natural remedies to treat any skin infection. You can use aloe vera based creams, body washes, ointments and soaps which are ideal to treat jock itch.

25. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial qualities that reduce itchiness and inflammation of the skin. Dilute 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 4 drops of tea tree oil. Dab a cotton ball, dipped in this solution, onto the infected skin area and allow it to dry. Do this two times in a day.