Jock Itch: 6 Tips for Prevention

Jock itch is not a subject talked about in social settings. But it can certainly be most uncomfortable for both men and women.

Jock itch (or tinea cruris) is a contagious fungal infection that causes an itchy, stinging, or burning rash on the skin around your groin, inner thighs, and buttocks (gluteal cleft). The affected skin may become scaly and cracked, develop bumps and blisters or appear irritated. The fungal infection is known as ringworm and it most commonly affects adolescent and young adult men, especially those with conditions like diabetes, obesity or weakened immune systems.

The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments and is spread through skin-to-skin contact; contact with an infected surface such as sharing towels and clothing; and sexual contact. Left untreated, jock itch can spread to other body parts such as the nails, hands or feet, and may become more resistant to treatment. Athlete’s foot can also lead to jock itch by transferring fungi from the feet to the groin area through touching or clothing.

6 Tips to Avoid Jock Itch:

  1. Stay away from tight underwear and pants that trap heat and moisture around the groin area.
  2. Keep the groin area clean, dry and cool.
  3. Use a talc powder or spray to absorb moisture.
  4. Avoid scratching and touching the affected areas.
  5. Do not share towels or clothes.
  6. Put socks on before underwear to prevent athlete’s foot from spreading.

Jock itch is diagnosed by examining the groin area but may require further laboratory testing such as a biopsy to identify the fungus. Treatment involves over-the-counter medicines or prescription antifungal medications in various forms such as creams, ointments, gels, sprays or powders. It is important to follow prescribed treatments completely, even if symptoms disappear before the infection is fully eradicated.

 Home Remedies:

  • Rubbing alcohol may help treat mild jock itch by preventing fungal growth, but it can also dry out the skin and cause more irritation.
  • Essential oils like tea tree, bitter orange, peppermint and eucalyptus can prevent or inhibit fungal growth.
  • Dilute apple cider vinegar with warm water and it to the affected areas three times daily.

With the proper treatment and care, jock itch can be quickly treated without spreading to others. If you’re experiencing jock itch, we can help. Find a convenient urgent care location near you or use Hold My Spot®.

Sources: Jock Itch: What It Is, Symptoms & Treatment (, Top 10 Natural Remedies: To Say Goodbye to Fungal Infections (

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