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Jock Itch (cont.)

What Is the Treatment for Jock Itch?

Specific treatment depends upon the precise cause of the dermatitis (friction, humidity, with or without infection).

Home Remedies for Jock Itch

If you have some itching and redness in the groin area, try to keep the area dry, exposed to air as much as possible, and avoid tight clothes on the area. The symptoms may be relieved by applying a small amount of 1% hydrocortisone cream followed by a thick layer of zinc oxide ointment to the affected area for three to four days. If this is ineffective, you may apply an antifungal medication to the affected area.

Many antifungal medications are available without prescription. They come in cream, liquid spray, ointment, and powder forms. Some people may develop an allergic reaction to the medication, so stop using them if your rash seems worse.

  • Tolnaftate (Tinactin, Aftate) and undecylenate (Cruex, Desenex) are well-known, effective medications. The powder form is also useful as a drying agent. These medications are not effective against candidal infections.
  • Clotrimazole (Fungoid, Lotrimin, Mycelex) and miconazole (Micatin, Monistat Derm) are also available over the counter and are very effective against all fungi.
  • If these medications help, be sure to use them for two to four weeks to completely clear the infection.
  • Keeping the affected area clean and bone dry helps to clear the infection.
  • You may use the medications to prevent relapses as well.
  • If topical antifungals are not effective, you should discontinue them at least one week prior to visiting your physician.

How to Cure Jock Itch

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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/19/2016
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