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Overview of A Contagious Jock Itch
Jock Itch usually begins with a mild itching in the groin and it can get worse and, sometimes, even become more unbearable in some cases. Usually, the rash is seen on both sides of the groin. The rash may become too dry, rough and bumpy.
Jock Itch is a fungal infection that mostly affects the skin of your genitals, buttocks and inner thighs. Men may develop this infection on the head of the penis, especially if they are not circumcised. And, on the other hand, women may develop a vaginal white discharge and yeast infection.
It is most often seen in men and adolescent boys. Besides, many homeless individuals too tend to develop Jock Itch as they do not wash with anti-fungal soap and clean water in the groin and armpit areas regularly.
Symptoms of Jock Itch
A few of the most common symptoms of Jock Itch include:
Change in the colour of the skin
Flaking, peeling or cracking of the skin
Burning sensations in the affected area
Causes of Jock Itch
A fungi called dermatophytes naturally live on our skin, and most of the times these fungi don’t cause a severe problem; however, sometimes, when our skin remains soaked in sweaty clothes, particularly after exercising, the excessive exposure to moisture may allow the fungi to grow exponentially. And, when you have dermatophytes overgrowth in your groin area, it may result into a contagious jock itch. In addition, you may even get this fungal infection through sharing of personal hygiene items such as towel, razor, soaps, and so forth. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid personal contact with an infected person in all ways possible.
Unarguably, athletes and other individuals who exercise are more susceptible to developing a jock itch, but it can occur in anyone. Individuals who are obese are also more vulnerable to experience jock itch as the fungus can thrive in folds of skin. Moreover, if your skin is more exposed to moisture and friction from clothes, you are likely to develop a contagious bacterial jock itch.
Treatment of Jock Itch
Some of the most effective ways of treating jock itch are home-based. Below mentioned are a few of the ways to treat Jock Itch at home:
Apply Aloe Vera and Turmeric
It is easy to make an anti-fungal cream at home using fresh leaves of Aloe Vera and turmeric powder. Take a few leaves of Aloe Vera and skin it to remove the pulp. Now mash the pulp into a bowl and add just one teaspoon of turmeric powder to the pulp. Mix it well and apply it over the jock itch.
It is advisable to apply it every few hours to get rid of the symptoms effectively.
Apply Coconut Oil
Coconut oil plays a pivotal role in eliminating symptoms of Jock Itch and other skin deformities. The oil possesses antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties to help get rid of yeast and harmful bacteria.
Rub coconut oil on all the affected areas to prevent the skin from flaking.
Tea Tree Oil
Generally speaking, nothing beats the benefits of Tea Tree Oil. You can get rid of the symptoms of Jock Itch very quickly and easily by applying tea tree oil on the infection. This oil contains incredible anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that are vital in fighting the infection and eliminating it.
All you need is to take a clean cotton swab and dip it into tea tree oil. Dab the oil all over your rashes at least three times in a day.
Other easy ways to treat a Jock Itch are:
Change clothes and inner garments regularly
Try to wear loose clothing only, particularly cotton-made clothes.
Wash the affected area with clean and warm water only
Practice good hygiene
A very important way to prevent the occurrence of a Jock Itch is to practice good hygiene habits on a daily basis. Regular hand washing with the help of an anti-fungal soap will greatly reduce your risk of developing Jock Itch. Besides, keeping the skin dry, especially the area around the groin will help. It is also a good idea to apply baby powder around the groin to prevent excessive moisture.
Avoid tight clothes
Another effective way to prevent Jock Itch is by avoiding tight-fitting clothes as tight clothes can chaff your skin and make your skin more susceptible to Jock Itch. Replace boxer briefs with boxer shorts.
Loose clothing, especially cotton-made clothing will prevent sweating and avoid fungus to thrive.
Although Jock Itch is typically known to be a mild skin infection, it can be troublesome for some of us. And, therefore, it is vital to quickly minimize its symptoms and keep the infection from going viral. In addition to employing home-based methods to treating Jock Itch, you can also find some relief by applying topical antifungal medications. But, remember, if your symptoms don’t improve even after two to three weeks of home-based treatments, you should go and see your physician for proper treatment.