Jock Itch is a fungal infection affecting the groin area. It is also called Tinea Cruris and is a type of ringworm skin infection affecting men, women and children. The term Jock Itch can be misleading since it does not just affect athletes or Jocks but pretty much everyone else. The rash is most common in overweight people since the fungus prefers damp, moist, sweaty areas of the skin that are common in obese or overweight people. In this guide, we will answer the questions: ‘how to get rid of Jock Itch rash naturally?’ and ‘how to get rid of Jock Itch scars naturally?’
1. Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar or ACV is one of the best natural cures to get rid of Jock Itch at home. You can use this remedy both internally and externally. Internally, you can take a tablespoon of raw ACV with a glass of water twice a day. This will alkalinize the body and curb fungal growth. Externally, you can apply organic ACV to the Jock Itch rash. Use sterile clean cotton wool for this purpose. You can also use a spray bottle to spray ACV on the groin area to treat Jock Itch scars. Use this remedy 3-4 times a day to get rid of the rash overnight.
2. Apply Iodine solution
You can buy colorless Iodine so it won’t stain your clothes. Apply 4% Iodine solution all over the scaly, itchy ringworm rash 2-3 times a day to get rid of Jock Itch within a week. Even if you use colored Iodine solution, the staining will only be temporary.
3. Treat Jock Itch with rubbing alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is one of the fastest remedies for treating Jock Itch. Use clean, sterile cotton wool to apply over the rash. The alcohol curbs fungal growth and prevents the ringworm from spreading to other regions of the skin.
4. Keep the area clean and dry
One of the most common causes of ringworm in the groin is excess sweat. To prevent sweating, apply some soothing talcum powder after bathing and drying the region (use a hair dryer to dry the skin). Avoid harsh perfumed talc which can aggravate the irritation. This is more a preventive remedy to stop Jock Itch from recurring. (You can use Gold Bond triple strength extra relief powder.)
5. Apply ginger and garlic paste
This is a slightly smelly remedy but it works! Apply a paste of ginger and garlic on the Jock Itch and let it remain for 15 minutes (no more than that since it can irritate the skin). Cover it up with a bandage if needed. Apply the paste all over the ringworm rash to get rid of it within few hours. Both ginger and garlic have anti-inflammatory properties which stop ringworm from spreading. You can also use only crushed garlic for the Jock Itch: cut a clove of garlic and place its wet side on the ringworm. You can bandage the area to effectively stop the infection in its tracks.
Slice open a lemon or lime and squeeze the juice on the ringworm. Do this few times a day to cure the rash quickly.
7. Tea tree oil
Tea tree essential oil is antibacterial, anti fungal and anti septic in nature. Apply two coats of tea tree oil on the itchy rash and repeat application after every 3-4 hours. You should see a major improvement in symptoms within 2 days but continue application for at least 2 weeks to get rid of Jock Itch forever. Tea tree oil can cause the skin to peel off-use with caution.
8. Use Lysol
Lysol kills all kinds of microbes including Dermatophyte fungus which causes the Jock Itch rash. Treat your rash with Lysol solution 2-3 times a day to get rid of Jock itch rash fast. Also wipe down all surfaces with Lysol to kill the fungal spores and prevent recurrence of the rash.
9. Use Absorbine Junior pain reliever
Yes, you read that right! If you want to get rid of Jock Itch fast, apply some Absorbine Jr. arthritis ointment on the rash and scars. This remedy will burn and sting your skin, but the rash will disappear in a matter of hours! This natural remedy contains menthol, wormwood oil and other herbal ingredients that are safe to use in small quantities. Keep a tube on hand always if you suffer frequently from Jock Itch. (A word of caution: Do not use Absorbine jr. in large quantities as it gets absorbed in the skin.)
10. Black walnut tincture
This is a safe remedy to cure ringworm on sensitive skin in kids as well as adults. Put the tincture on some cotton wool and apply it all over the rash. The mixture stains a bit, but is one of the best natural remedies to heal ringworm quickly. Repeat three times a day for 4 weeks.
11. Watch your diet
Cut back on sugar, sodas, refined flours and other inflammatory foods. Eat an alkaline diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Include garlic and turmeric in the diet. This is essential to prevent Jock Itch.
12. Avoid tight underwear
Tight sweaty underpants tend to aggravate the rash. So, use loose cotton briefs instead. Make sure you wash all sheets, clothes and personal items in hot water to disinfect them and kill the spores.
Other well known remedies for treating Jock Itch naturally include bleach, hydrogen peroxide, Oil of Oregano, and White Vinegar. Use these remedies with caution. If the above natural treatments for Jock Itch do not show positive results, visit your doctor immediately.