[toc]Jock itch is a fungal infection. Its scientific name is Tinea Cruris, caused by the fungus Trichophyton rubrum. Jock itch infects both males as well as females. It occurs mostly on the lower half of the body, especially the groin, inner thighs, buttocks, etc.
Jock itch manifests itself as an itching, burning sensation, with redness of the affected skin, along with flaking of the skin. People afflicted with AIDS, diabetes, etc. diseases which severely destabilize the immune system, are more prone to this infection.
5 Natural Cures For Jock Itch
Apple Cider Vinegar
A small amount of diluted apple cider vinegar, can be used to wash the infected skin area. Apple cider vinegar has very strong properties that are highly effective in curing different types of skin infections.
The dilution can be made with both water as well as chilled alcohol, and the application must be continued over 2-3 days to have maximum effect. People with hypersensitive skin must avoid this method.
This is one the most widely available, and highly effective natural cures available for jock itch. Crushed garlic cloves can be applied directly on the affected skin area.
It can also be blended with olive oil, and applied as a lotion as well, which should be continued over 2-3 days. Garlic can be also eaten raw, as it is an immune booster. This can prevent from jock itch happening in the first place.
You can take a bath in diluted vinegar, or apply it directly on the affected skin region, using a washcloth. The area should be allowed to dry naturally. This prevents the infection from either spreading or returning.
Pure honey applied to the infected region, can cure jock itch. Its highly potent anti-fungal properties stops jock itch from returning too soon. Also a paste of honey and garlic can be made and applied directly on the infected skin. Though a stinging sensation develops on application, that soon disappears, and along with it the itching sensation as well, bringing relief.
Also an equal parts mixture made of honey, olive oil and beeswax, can be applied on the infected skin region, thrice daily. This procedure, needs to be continued for three weeks to get maximum benefit.
With it anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, the onion is one of nature’s most potent medicines. A paste can be made and applied on the infected area, the past needs to be left undisturbed for half an hour, and the area can be rinsed with lukewarm water. The area can then be patted or blow dried. Both juice and oil extracts of onion is useful for curing jock itch.
Onion in cooked food, helps protect the entire body. Jock itch is irritating as well as embarrassing to the person infected. Since it is slightly contagious, sharing personal articles should be avoided, special care should be taken while in the gym, public pools and other such places, from where the fungus can be contracted. As it is said prevention is the best cure.