How to Remedy Jock Itch

Watch more Men’s Health videos:

Jock itch can spring up anytime and can be extremely uncomfortable. Here’s what you can do to relieve it.

Step 1: Identify jock itch
Identify jock itch: an itching sensation found in warm and damp places on the body. You’ll see skin irritation and ring-shaped rashes.

Step 2: Dry the area
Dry the areas where you’re experiencing jock itch. Sweating is usually the main cause.

Use a blow dryer on the cool setting to dry the area. A towel doesn’t always dry it completely and excessive wiping can cause more irritation.

Step 3: Apply antifungal product
Apply an antifungal skin cream, spray, or powder — available at drug stores — to the infected area.

Step 4: Use a home remedy
Use a home remedy — such as antidandruff shampoo, tea tree oil, or a garlic and honey mixture — as a complement to your over-the-counter antifungal product.

Step 5: Pay attention to your diet
Pay attention to what you eat. Greasy foods and refined carbohydrates increase the chances of a jock itch breakout. Eating fruits, vegetables, and garlic helps keep skin healthy.

Did You Know?
Did you know? Jock itch is also known as ringworm because of the shape of the rash, not because it’s caused by a worm.