If you've ever experienced Jock Itch, which many men have at one time or another in their lives, then you know just how brutal the itching can be. Fortunately most fungal infections of the skin, such as jock itch, can be treated successfully at home with some simple creams and powders that can be bought without a prescription. Here we'll take a closer look at the jock itch condition and how to treat it.
About Jock Itch
Also called Tinea Cruris, jock itch is caused by a fungal infection and is characterized by intense itching. It is often aggravated by sweating, restrictive clothing, and failing to wash and dry the groin area on a regular basis. It is usually recognizable by the red areas with small blisters and dandruff-like scales that develop on either side of the scrotum.
While jock itch can usually be cured relatively easily, there is the danger of a secondary bacterial infection developing which can cause serious illness. Persistent, severe, or recurrent infections should always be evaluated by a health professional.
Treating Jock Itch
To treat jock itch you should first wash the rash with soap and water and remove any pieces of dried skin. Once the area is clean, spread an antifungal cream over the rash making sure to apply it beyond the edge of the infected skin.
You should use an antifungal cream or powder that contains miconazole or clotrimazole. These can be bought without a prescription and include brands such as Micatin, Monistat, and Lotrimin. Terbinafine cream (Lamisil) is also available without a prescription. Make sure to follow the directions on the package and don't stop using the medication just because your symptoms go away. If symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks, call your health professional.
In severe cases where the skin develops large areas of blister-like sores, a compresses (like Burow's compress, which can also be bought without a prescription) can be used to soothe and dry out the blisters. Once the skin is dried out, a nonprescription antifungal cream can be used.
Even though the itching may be unbearable, jock itch is not the end of the world. Follow the advice above and you should be able to take care of it in no time at all. Remember however that prevention is usually the best medicine, so make sure to properly clean, dry and care for your groin area regularly and hopefully you can avoid this type of condition in the first place.
Posted by PRS
Thursday, January 18th, 2007