Introduction to jock itch
Jock itch is a rather uncomfortable condition that is caused by a fungus called Trichophyton rubrum. This fungal infection is called a jock itch, because it causes an itch in the jock area, which is the area of the groin, inner thighs, buttocks and genitals.
When a person has this problem, they will have itchy patches forming on the skin that will look like raise plate-like formations, with sharp edges. They will burn and be very itchy.
The regions of the body that tend to sweat the most and are often moist and damp are most prone to fungal infections. Causes
Jock itch can be caused by not only sweating a lot in the groin area, but also continuing to wear sweaty clothes for the duration of the day, especially in the summer and when you are wearing many layers of clothes in the winter. These conditions keep the skin moist and make it a breeding ground for fungal infections.
A debilitated immune system due to diabetes or obesity can also be conducive to jock itch.
Thankfully, there are simple home remedies that can be applied to get rid of the condition.
Before a person starts treating the jock itch, it is important to shower and wash the infected area thoroughly with antibacterial soap and also rinse well.
Once the person has showered, they need to dry themselves off thoroughly as well.
Garlic is a good home remedy that can be used. It has great anti-fungal properties that work against jock itch very well.
The best thing to do is to eat some cloves of raw garlic, but, if you do not like the taste, then you can blend two or three cloves with one cup of olive oil, nip some napkins in the liquid and make a compress that way that can be applied to the skin.
Tee tree oil is another effective home remedy. When it is applied directly to the itchy skin, it will get rid of the burning sensation and the itch.
Believe it or not, chlorine bleach is an excellent remedy as well. The best thing to do is to take two teaspoons of it and dilute it with 16 ounces of hot water, then use a paper towel to dab this onto the skin in order to treat the infection.
The bleach destroys the infection, but it is important not to put bleach directly on to the skin, because it is very powerful and it can burn the skin even more than the infection if it is not diluted and applied properly.