What is the treatment for jock itch?
Jock itch is not usually serious but you should treat it quickly to minimise the symptoms and stop it spreading. Infections are easily treated with an antifungal cream, gel or spray that you can buy over the counter from any pharmacist.
Antifungal treatments are usually applied daily for two weeks. The treatment should be applied over the affected area of skin and extended out to cover one inch of skin beyond the edge of your rash. Make sure to read the specific manufacturer’s instructions or discuss it with your pharmacist. The rash should clear up in 10 to 14 days.
However, your pharmacist may recommend that you continue to apply the antifungal treatment for a further two weeks to reduce the risk of re-infection. If your rash is severe, or persists for longer than two weeks you should see your GP. They may need to prescribe you a stronger cream or antifungal tablets to clear up the infection.
If your skin is very inflamed you may also be prescribed a short course of a mild topical steroid cream to use alongside the antifungal cream, or a cream that contains both in one.
If there is broken skin in the affected area, it is possible that you get a bacterial infection. In this case, you must see your GP to get a prescription for a course of antibiotics.
If you also have athlete's foot, it is important to treat both infections at the same time. This will reduce the chance of you re-infecting yourself. If you are treating both infections, use different towels for each body area when washing to prevent spreading the fungus. Try not to scratch the infected skin, because this could lead to you spreading the infection to other parts of your body.
While you are treating the infection, it is important to wash and thoroughly dry the infected area every day. Wear loose fitting clothing, change underwear daily and keep the infected area clean and dry. Make sure to wash your clothes, towels and bed linen frequently during your treatment. Exercising, walking and wearing tight clothing or underwear can make the symptoms of jock itch worse.