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Simple Home Remedies to Cure Jock Itch or Sweat Rash

Updated on June 10, 2017
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Susan enjoys travel, art, writing, and natural products. She lives outside of London.

What Is Jock Itch or Sweat Rash?

Jock itch, or sweat rash, can develop in any area where your skin rubs against itself, resulting in chafing. This can occur in many places, but it most commonly occurs between the upper thighs, the groin, under the breasts, between folds in the skin if you are overweight, under the armpits, and between the butt cheeks. The affected areas tend not to be exposed to much air, and they often become red, sore, itchy, and uncomfortable. Sometimes the rash is raised a little and may have white areas, too.

Jock itch is medically known as tinea cruris, a fungus that loves dark, warm, moist places. It is a similar fungus as ringworm and athlete's foot.

It isn't a serious condition, but it is uncomfortable and looks unpleasant. It gets worse if left untreated. As jock itch is easily cured, doing something earlier rather than later is best.

What does jock itch look like?

Jock itch is red, sore and itchy.
Jock itch is red, sore and itchy.

How do you get jock itch?

It is possible to pass the fungus onto others on towels, clothing or sheets so always use your own or clean items to avoid spreading it. But as the fungus needs warm, moist areas of skin to multiply and cause an issue, it is the environment on your body that allows this to turn into a fungal infection.

People who sweat a lot are more prone to be affected. So an athlete, sportsperson, large breasted lady, overweight person or someone who works in a hot and stuffy environment are more likely to suffer. At first, the itching or soreness starts off negligible and you may not really notice it. But if you become aware that it is getting getting worse, look at the area under a stronger light and if it is red, or purple in appearance, and try some of these home remedies. It can spread on your body at quite a pace once it gets a hold, so try to look after any flare-ups sooner rather than later.

Sweat rash under breast

Remedy # 1 - Sudocrem or Diaper Cream

Sudocrem is used as a diaper or nappy rash cream for babies, so it is kind to the skin and really easy to apply. This brand is a bestseller in the UK but not always available in other countries, so the best diaper cream on offer works well, too.

First, wash the area carefully to get rid of the sweat and salt, use soap and warm water and get into all the creases of the skin. You can do this in the shower or by using a washcloth. Dry the skin gently with a clean towel, or by using a hairdryer if it feels better.

Next apply a thin layer of Sudacrem or other diaper cream all over the infection. The cream has antiseptic qualities so it will heal the skin, and the protective layer will keep new sweat from sinking in. The chaffing will also be reduced as the Sudocrem acts as a lubricant.

The relief is almost instant. This feels really good after sporting activities and also before going to bed at night. The reduction in the infection should be visible the next morning. Keep the treatment up over the next few days, and it should be all cleared up.

You can use diaper cream all the time if you do a lot of sport or walking which causes chaffing. Apply a layer before doing the activity and this should help.

Remedy # 2 - Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and antibiotic that can be found in health food shops and pharmacies. This can be used for a multitude of things and a tiny bottle goes a long way, so this is a staple in my home cabinet and travel bag.

You can treat jock itch a number of different ways. Get a basin of warm water, drop 10 drops or so of tea tree oil into it and dip in a wash cloth or cotton wool. Gently wash the affected areas. Some people are more sensitive than others to this oil, so if it stings you, wash the area again with clear water and it will cease. Then try with half the number of drops in the basin - in other words dilute the tree oil more.

Another way is to mix 3 drops of tea tree oil with a table spoon of olive oil or coconut oil, and rub liberally over the affected area. This will feel lovely but can get onto clothing so best done wearing a bathrobe.

Remedy # 3 - Epsom Salts

Another simple home remedy for jock itch is soaking your body in Epsom salts. Add to a bathtub of warm water and soak for about 20 minutes. If you don't have a bath tub, you could sit or place the affected area in a large basin or bucket if that is doable. Make sure you do this several days in a row and dry the skin well afterwards to see the results.

Remedy # 4 - Canesten Cream

If the itching and soreness has gotten a good hold, then yeast infection treatments like Canesten are usually good to use. You can buy these over the counter in most pharmacies and even some large supermarkets, but not everyone is comfortable purchasing these creams.

Again, wash and dry the affected area thoroughly and apply an even layer of the cream.

Remedy # 5 - Neem Oil Soap

Used for acne, to keep insects at bay and for antiseptic and anti fungus qualities, this soap is very handy. For best results get a soap that has at least 20% neem oil in it. Sometimes you can find it with lavender oil and tea tree oil too. It can be used all the time, you don't need to just use it to clear infection.

Remedy # 6 - Dandruff Shampoo

Another quick solution to the itching, especially in the groin area, it to use a dandruff shampoo that contains selenium sulphide like Selsun Blue. Just shampoo the affected area and rinse off. Selsun in the UK, and Selsun Blue in the USA is excellent at helping rid the body of fungus and it is readily available and inexpensive.

Remedy # 7 - Coconut Oil

Spread a generous layer of cold-pressed coconut oil on the affected skin after it has been cleaned. The anti-yeast qualities in this versatile oil will gently clear away the irritation and the oily texture helps reduce further chaffing. Make sure to buy pure coconut oil, not one mixed with anything else, or you might find it makes things worse. Viva is one for the best makers and the oil can be used for cooking as well!

Get Rid of Your Jock Itch for Good

You can mix and match these treatments as you like. For example, soak in an Epsom salt bath, dry the skin, and then apply Sudocrem. Find out what works for you, or use what you already have in the home.

Most importantly, keep the skin clean of sweat, salt and moisture as much as possible. Expose the skin to the air whenever it is decent to do so! You could do this at home after a shower, for example, or at night in bed. Make this part of your routine. Change clothing regularly when they get sweaty and wash clothes well and often. Make sure underwear and clothing are cotton or wool, rather than polyester or nylon, which are fabrics that makesyou sweat more.

Remember, prevent the fungus from getting its preferred warm, dark, moist environment whenever you can and you will prevent it from taking hold.

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      FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

      Ouch! This looks very uncomfortable so I'm sure that anyone who has this will appreciate the multiple options you provide for helping solve the problem.

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      Susan Hambidge 17 months ago from Hertfordshire, England

      Thanks for dropping by Paintdrips. That sounds very sore! Tea tree oil is very useful, but start off with it highly diluted as some are sensitive to it. I use it so much for any sores, itches and stings that I think my skin has become toughened!. I would also recommend the Sudocrem, but it is thick cream so best used overnight.

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      Denise McGill 17 months ago from Fresno CA

      This is very helpful. I have always had a problem because I have very large breasts and the summer months are especially cruel to me. I never heard of tree oil as a remedy. I usually use lots of baby powder to keep as dry as possible. When I have a flair up I sooth with a basic hand lotion and more baby powder. I will definitely try the tree oil. Thanks.

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