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Jock Itch Medications

The doctor will prescribe the appropriate medication based on your history, physical examination, and laboratory tests.

  • Skin creams or lotions will probably be the first-line therapy for any of the causes of jock itch. Which one is appropriate will depend upon your physician's diagnosis.
    • Prescription topical antifungal medications may come in the form of a cream, powder, gel, or spray for application to the skin. Some topical therapies are available over the counter. Miconazole (Micatin, Monistat Derm), tolnaftate (Aftate, Ting, Tinactin), clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex), and terbinafine (Lamisil) are some examples and probably are as effective as the medications available by prescription.
    • For the bacterial infection of the groin (erythrasma), either topical or oral erythromycin is very effective.
    • For jock itch that is not infected, application of nonprescription 1% hydrocortisone cream and a barrier cream like zinc oxide ointment is beneficial.
  • Oral medications have a greater risk for side effects.
    • They will be reserved for extensive, severe, or chronic infections.
    • They may also be prescribed if topical therapy does not work. Commonly prescribed medications are itraconazole (Sporanox) and fluconazole (Diflucan).
    • You will use the medication for one to several weeks because fungal infections can take a long time to clear.
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