Jock itch is essentially a fungal infection on the skin and occurs in the genital areas, upper thighs, and groin. It can be caused by wearing clothes that are highly tight fitting and lock in a ton of moisture. Contrary to what the name of the infection may suggest, this is something that can occur in non-athletes as well. It presents itself in the form of a ringed shaped red rash that is extremely itchy. Fortunately, there are known and effective treatments for this infection.
The treatment for Jock Itch is fairly simple. Since this is an infection that is caused by fungus, an antifungal cream, spray or powder can be used in order to clear up the infection. This is the only treatment option for this infection. In terms of safety, it is considered a low-risk infection and does not spread too quickly as long as it is left alone and you don’t continually scratch it. You can continue to live your life normally while you have this infection, and it is not a contagious disease so even if your partner has it, you don’t have to worry about getting it. Though it is better to avoid sexual activity until it clears up.
When you first develop Jock Itch, you are most likely to end up going to your general practitioner. Though you can be referred to a dermatologist, it is not necessary to see a skin expert as the condition can be diagnosed easily and managed by your regular doctor as well. In case there are any difficulties with diagnosing the infection, the doctor may take a few scrapings of the skin from the infected area to have it tested under the microscope. Once it is diagnosed, the treatment can commence.
To treat Jock Itch, you will be prescribed either a cream, spray, or power that has anti-fungal properties. Most of these are available over the counter and do not require a prescription. However, your doctor will tell you the exact dosage that you need depending on how severe the infection is. Once the medication has been prescribed, you need to use it as directed. Creams are usually meant to be used at least twice a day. Sprays can be used after you have had a bath and cleaned the area. The same goes for powder. All three types of medication are equally effective.
It is important to note that the infection may clear up before the treatment time is over. However, even if that is the case, you should continue to follow the directions given by your doctor and stick to your proper treatment time to avoid recurrence.
Anyone who has Jock Itch is eligible for the treatment. This is essentially a fungal infection and even if you have it in other areas of the body, using an antifungal cream that has been prescribed by your doctor can help clear it up. You can seek medical attention the minute the infection comes up. There is no need to wait for a specific amount of time.
If your infection is not caused by a fungus, then you are not eligible for the any of the treatment types mentioned above. Antifungal creams do not work effectively on bacterial or viral infections and therefore it does not make sense to pursue this line of treatment.
There are no known side effects to applying antifungal creams, sprays, or powders to clear your Jock Itch. However, if you are allergic to any of the ingredients that are used in this medicines, then you may develop an allergic reaction, such as dermatitis. Thus, make sure that you let your doctor know about any allergies that you may have so that they can prescribe medicines that do not lead to adverse side effects or reactions.
There are basic post treatment guidelines that you should follow for the rest of your life. To start with, avoid wearing clothes that are so tight that they end up locking in the moisture in your groin area. However, if you really must wear such attire or equipment (such as a jock strap), then make sure that you apply some kind of talcum powder to the area so that the moisture can be absorbed. Once you remove the attire or equipment, wash the area thoroughly with soap and then wear loose clothing that allows your skin to breathe. This will help balance out the needs of your skin along with your lifestyle.
Jock Itch is a mild infection and you can recover from it within a few days. You will be able to see a gradual change in the intensity of the infection as you continue to follow your treatment course.
Antifungal creams can cost anywhere between Rs 100 and Rs 300 in India. The actual price depends on the brand and the dosage or strength of the cream.
The results of the treatment are permanent. Once the infection is cleared, it stays gone.
Certain home remedies can help with the symptoms of the treatment however, the only way to treat it is to seek medical attention or help. There are herbal creams that are antifungal in nature. You can ask your doctor about them before you use them. Also, you can use a cold compress to help with the swelling, redness, and itching, but these symptoms will not fully go away until the infection itself is treated. It is a mild infection and only requires a cream to fix it.