Jock itch, or tinea cruris, is a fungal infection caused by the fungus Trichophyton rubrum. It causes an annoying rash in the groin area, buttocks, and inner thighs that itches and produces an inflamed feeling, notes Medline Plus, a publication of the National Institutes of Health. Jock itch is obtained via touching infected shower surfaces or contaminated towels, or by direct skin to skin contact. Being overweight increases the risk of developing jock itch. Several natural remedies are available.
Adding garlic to the diet will help ease the symptoms of jock itch. This food has antifungal elements, notes Natural Home Remedies. Garlic can be added to the diet by sprinkling it in soup and dips, adding it to salads, grinding it to spread on vegetables, or using it in a recipe for home-made hummus. Also, making a salve of garlic mixed with honey to spread on the areas of the groin where jock itch appears is another home remedy for this disorder. Oral garlic capsules are available at most health food stores and also work to naturally treat jock itch.
Keep Groin Dry
Maintaining a dry climate in the groin area is another natural cure for jock itch. Wear loose cotton underwear to prevent moisture buildup. Before dressing it is also helpful to use a blow dryer on the lowest cool setting to dry off the skin in the genital area, reports Natural Home Remedies. If excessive sweating occurs during the day, switch to clean, dry underwear so the moisture does not make the jock itch worse.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has antifungal properties. It is an effective natural remedy for jock itch, reports Natural Home Remedies. Apply the tea tree oil to dry skin and let it penetrate into the area with the rash before dressing. Always talk to your doctor before using any natural remedies for jock itch.
Eat Healthy Vegetables
Avoiding high-sugar foods, alcohol, fried foods and bread should help remedy and prevent jock itch. Adding more green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, string beans, peppers and an array of fresh fruits to the diet should help soothe jock itch too. Modifying the diet to eat a high percentage of vegetables will help lower risk of jock itch and improve overall health, too.