Jock itch is a fungal infection of the skin that affects the groin area. It is the same fungal infection (tinea) that causes ringworm or athlete's foot. Its name only indicates the location it affects. Most cases of jock itch can be treated by keeping the infected skin clean and dry and by applying topical antifungal creams, but there are holistic approaches to curing the condition as well as a number of home remedies that will work to clear up the infection.
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Sulfur is a homeopathic remedy to treat jock itch that can be bought in a preparation that is ready to use, or it can be made at home. Sulfur is a quick cure that can be applied directly to the irritated area, according to CureZone.com.
Crumple up a piece of notebook paper and place it on a plate. Set the paper on fire and allow it to burn completely. Gently blow away the black ashes left behind and you should find a yellowish residue on the plate. This substance is burnt sulfur.
Apply the sulfur directly to the area of skin affected by jock itch and it should disappear within a day or so. The sulfur can also be mixed with baby oil to form a paste and be applied to the area as an ointment.
Use psorinum as a homeopathic treatment for jock itch. According to Herbs2000.com, psorinum is a homeopathic remedy used for many skin ailments including eczema, acne, boils and skin ulcers. The substance is derived from scabies and uses the fluid from scabies blisters on the skin to create this formula. Psorinum is helpful in any skin condition if symptoms include intolerable itching or profuse sweating. This substance can be bought in homeopathy stores and should be taken as recommended for two to three days, according to Doc20.com.
Easy home remedies involving common household items may be prepared to rid you of jock itch or ringworm.
Make a mild vinegar solution using 1 part white vinegar and 4 parts water. Soak a washcloth in the solution and wash the affected area with the cloth, according to MedicineNet. Dry the skin thoroughly and cover with loose fitting cotton underwear. Take a warm bath with a quarter-cup of chlorine bleach added to the water. Soak in the bath every other day until the condition clears up. Dry the skin thoroughly for best results.
Adding extra garlic to your diet or applying crushed garlic cloves directly to the infected skin can help cure jock itch as well. Garlic has natural antifungal properties that work as a cure and as a preventative measure.