All infections are annoying and when it occurs in certain body part like your thighs, it gets very embarrassing as well. At times you may not be in a position to scratch and that is probably the most annoying feeling. I have come across individuals suffering from fungal infection between thighs but they are too embarrassed to even talk about it. I understand that we feel awkward and shy away from expressing it. But let me tell you that hiding things can make your situation worse. In most severe cases, a doctor’s advice is recommended but if yours is in the early stages, you may use some natural remedies to treat fungal infection. There are many kitchen ingredients that you can use to treat fungal infection between thighs and save yourself from embarrassing situation. And today I am sharing the list of 24 home remedies to treat fungal infection between thighs. If you are tired of fungal infection and looking for natural cure, then try some of these simple and effective home remedies to get rid of fungal infection. I have tied many of these remedies and it has worked well for me and I am sure it won’t disappoint you.
Fungal infections between thighs popularly known as Jock Itch and medically termed “Tinea Cruris” is a rash that occurs in the inner thighs and causes severe itching. It generally takes a circular ring like pattern while the middle portions partially clears away. These rashes are beefy red in color and it can even affect your genitals and your buttocks. Jock Itch is mostly common with men but women are also not immune to it.
The problem of Jock Itch has become common nowadays and it is high time now we know some of the natural ways to treat it. In fact, I am going to share an extensive list of best remedies to treat fungal infection between thighs but before that, I would like to talk about the common causes and the symptoms of this annoying fungal infection. This will help you get rid of the problem or probably avoid getting infected by it from beforehand.
Common causes of fungal infection between thighs (Jock Itch)
Whenever there is any health issue, there has to be some specific set of causal factors behind it knowing which, you may avoid its occurrence. Similarly, there are some prominent factors that are known to cause fungal infection between thighs and I have noted below all of them for your convenience.
- Infection mainly due to ringworm
- Tight underwear made of non-skin friendly materials
- Friction between the groin area and thigh
- Severe friction between thighs
- Accumulation of warmth and sweat
- Tight jeans and pants
- Wearing wet pants for long
- Lack of proper hygiene
- Obesity (people with very healthy thighs)
- Direct skin to skin contact with infected portion
- Contact with unwashed clothes that the person suffering from Jock Itch has worn or shared
- Too weak immune system
- If you are suffering from hereditary skin diseases or atopic dermatitis (these increases the possibility of getting affected by Jock Itch)
Symptoms of fungal infection between thighs
It is good to know the symptoms to identify the disease. Therefore, I will be sharing the common symptoms of Jock itch or fungal infection between thighs and so if you face similar problems, be prepared to try out the remedies.
- Scaly raised red patches that may blister and ooze
- Patches having sharp defined edges
- Patches that are redder at the outside but having a normal skin color at the middle
- Too much light or dark skin close to being abnormal (permanent at times)
- Severe itching
- Burning sensation in that area
- Peeling, flaking or cracking skin
Now that you have known the causes and the common symptoms, let us start the discussion on the best remedies to treat fungal infection between thighs (Jock Itch)
Home remedies to treat fungal infection between thighs
There are various ingredients in your home that you use every day but you may not be aware of their efficiency in treating various diseases and infections. You may use these ingredients to treat your Jock Itch naturally. You just need to know the procedure of usage and apply these remedies carefully.
Here is the list of best home remedies to treat fungal infection between thighs.
Apple cider vinegar
The benefits of apple cider vinegar is many and it is definitely a must-have ingredient in your home. Besides the other goodness it provides us with, it is antifungal in nature and can treat the problem of Jock Itch easily. Apple cider vinegar acts on the fungus, kills it and helps in the healing of the rashes caused due to the skin problem.
Here you need to take around 1/2 cup of ACV, water around 2 cups and a clean washcloth. Dilute the vinegar in water and warm it a bit. After the solution cools down, dip your washcloth in the solution and apply gently on your affected skin. Continue for around 5-10 minutes and then pat the skin dry. Repeat this 2-3 times daily.
The next in the list is the baking soda. It is another common kitchen ingredient that is quite well known for its soothing properties. Baking soda is proven to be a good antifungal agent that treats the infections efficiently. It also neutralizes the pH level in the infected skin that further speeds up the recovery process.
To get the benefits, take around 1-2 tablespoon of baking soda and mix with adequate amount of water to make a thick paste of the two. Then apply the paste on your fungal infection and let it stay for around 15 minutes. After that, wash it off and pat the skin dry. You can apply this paste two times on a regular basis.
The key ingredient cornstarch found in baby powers is great in treating the problem of Jock Itch. As per research, cornstarch can remove the excess moisture, reduce the friction in between, keep the area dry and hence prevent the infection from worsening. This makes cornstarch one of the best remedies to treat fungal infection between thighs.
Take some cornstarch and sprinkle little on your fungus-infected skin. Let it stay. Use cornstarch few times on a daily basis.
Garlic and honey
The combination of garlic and honey is great for your infected skin and is one of the most recommended home remedies to treat fungal infection between thighs. Several researches have shown garlic as an antimicrobial agent that can combat the fungal infections between thighs. However, if you are a little worried that garlic may sting and cause slight irritation, then the other ingredient honey is there to counteract the effect and soothe the infected skin.
Take 1-2 garlic cloves and crush them. Then mix it with 1 tablespoon of moisturizing honey. Apply the paste on your infected skin and let it stay for 15-20 minutes. Wash the paste off and pat the area dry. Do this two times on a regular basis for remarkable improvements.
Aloe vera is by far one of the best natural home remedies in treating skin infections as per studies, with treating the fungal infection between thighs being one of them. It is a natural soothing agent with no acidic content in it. Applying aloe vera on the infected skin reduces the itching and the burning sensations that are the main symptoms of Jock Itch. This antimicrobial agent is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic in nature that furthers speeds up the healing process. The University of Maryland Medical Center shows the presence of glycoprotein in aloe vera to be the main factor that soothes the skin problems and also strengthens the immune system.
Cut an aloe leaf and extract the gel from it. Then clean the infected skin and let it dry. After that, apply the gel on it and allow it to stay. For improved benefits, apply the gel 2-3 times daily.
Oatmeal and Epsom salt bath
If you want to get rid of the Jock Itch as well as enjoy a refreshing bath, then oatmeal-Epsom salt bath is the right solution for you. Epsom salt as per U.S. National Library of Medicine is hygroscopic in nature, which means it has the ability to absorb the excess moisture from the affected skin. It is also antifungal that further treats the infection fast. Oatmeal on the other hand, is a great soothing agent that reduces the itching and the burning sensation.
In a bathtub filled with lukewarm water (not too hot), add around 1 cup of oatmeal and 1 cup of Epsom salt. Although optional, you may add 10 drops of lavender oil as well in it. Now soak in the bathtub water for around 20 minutes and wash your body with plain water. Take oatmeal-Epsom salt bath every day for quick benefits.
In my previous point, I have already mentioned about the lavender oil and yes, usage of this oil is one of the great remedies to treat infection between thighs. As per studies, lavender oil is a great antifungal agent that can reduce the spread of fungal infection in the host tissues. It is an antiseptic and its mild nature is good for most types of skin.
Take adequate lavender oil and apply it on your infected thigh skin using a cotton pad. Keep it for some time, wash it off after that, and pat dry. Use it every day for greater benefits.
Tea tree oil
You can treat the fungal infections between thighs with the help of tea tree oil. This is because studies have shown it to be antifungal that is great to treat the problem of Jock Itch. Also, it is a natural germicide and antiseptic that can ease your itchiness and lessen the inflammation on the skin.
Take around 3-4 drops of tea tree oil and dilute it well with the base oils like olive oil or coconut oil. Then apply on your infected skin with cotton pad. Allow the oil to soak into the infected skin. Use this remedy two times daily for great benefits.
Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
You may get a bit surprised but trust me; this has to be counted among the top remedies to treat fungal infection between thighs. Modern research has shown alcohol as an antimicrobial, antiseptic and a disinfectant that is efficient to combat several infections. Moreover, alcohol evaporates fast leaving the area dry that creates an unfavorable environment for the fungus to thrive, that in turn does not let the infection to spread and heals it perfectly.
For this remedy to work out, you need to take 90% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and apply on your infected skin with the cotton pad. Leave it to dry naturally. Repeat this 3-4 times a day to reap the maximum benefits.
All citrus fruits including lemon as per studies possess natural antimicrobial properties that can treat all kinds of infection with the fungal infection between your thighs being no exception. Lemon juice will reduce the inflammation and keep the skin dry to prevent the infection from spreading.
Take around 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and dilute it with 1 teaspoon of water. Then soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply it on your fungal infected skin. Let it stay for 4-5 minutes, then wash off, and pat dry. Use lemon juice two times daily for effective results. However, due to slight acidic content in it, lemon juice may sting a little. Therefore, there is no need to panic. But, if you are not comfortable with it, you may skip this remedy.
You can use onion juice to treat your Jock Itch easily. This is because onion is a great antibiotic having anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties that can help you kill the fungus that is instrumental in causing infection in between your thighs.
Here, you need to take an onion, grate it and then squeeze the juice out of it. After that, take a cotton pad, soak it in the juice and then apply on your infected skin. Let it stay for 20-25 minutes and then wash it off. Pat the skin dry. You can use this remedy two times daily to get quick benefits.
Pure coconut oil if used in frequent basis can help you get rid of your Jock Itch. As per studies, coconut oil is an antifungal agent that can combat your fungal infections. Moreover, coconut oil soothes your skin and blocks the moisture. In short, if you want a permanent solution to your problem and never want to make yourself vulnerable to Jock Itch, then coconut oil is the right solution for you.
Take pure organic coconut oil and apply on your fungal infected thighs. Do this every night before going to sleep and let it stay nightlong.
In case you are suffering from severe itching and rashes then you can use the ice therapy. The coolness of the ice will help you soothe the inflammation and give relief to the itchy pain. Moreover, ice also has the ability to reduce the activity of your nerves that makes your skin itch less.
To get the relief, take a sealable plastic bag and put some crushed ice inside it. Then wrap in a clean cloth or towel and apply on your itchy skin. Keep it for around 10 minutes and repeat it many times in a day. Repeat it any time on a regular basis to get instant relief. However, it is advisable that you do not put ice directly on your skin as it might affect your skin.
Reports have shown that calendula has great benefits and has the ability to treat various skin problems. It is an antiseptic that can soothe your skin inflammation and give you relief from the rash. It mainly is derived from the marigold or the calendula flowers. Calendula suits sensitive skin and so you may use it easily on your Jock Itch.
Here, take some calendula oil and soak a cotton pad in that. Then apply on your infected skin, keep for some time and wash off. Repeat it every day for good effects.
I have talked about the best remedies to treat fungal infection between thighs but the list of remedies will remain incomplete without the mention of some other tips that can help you reduce Jock Itch quickly as well as prevent its further occurrence.
Other essential tips to treat fungal infection between thighs
Most of the time we get infected by various diseases due to our unhealthy lifestyle and in most cases, we are not even aware of it. However, if you can maintain a good hygiene and follow a disciplined life, then why just Jock Itch, you will be able to prevent many other skin problems.
Here are some of the other tips to prevent Jock Itch
- Try to keep your skin dry and clean most of the time. After you have cleaned the area, pat dry the infected parts with a soft towel but remember not to use that towel on your other body parts.
- Avoid wearing very tight underwear and pants and make sure you are not using fabrics that can irritate skin more. Loose clothes reduce friction and are thus highly recommended for you.
- After you come playing sports or any other kind of athletic activities, do not forget to take a shower and clean the area.
- Make sure you wear clean clothes and change it every day. Never repeat the clothes the next day or wear it for too long.
- I know it itches a lot but for God’s sake, please do not scratch. It worsens the infection.
- It is best to avoid washing powders or fabric conditioners that are heavily perfumed as they might irritate your skin more.
- Do not share your towel or other clothes with others.
- Proper diet is important. So try to eat vegetables and whole fruits daily and minimize the consumption of foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugars.
- Also, try to avoid the intake of alcohol as much as possible.
- You may also wear socks while you dress up. This is to avoid the fungi or the germs at your feet (if any) to reach the other parts mainly the inner thighs, genitals etc. and cause infection there.
What’s your fav remedy to treat fungal infection between thighs?
In our day-to-day lifestyle, we are exposed to thousands of microbes that cause various health problems. In fact, not just health, they can lead to different skin issues as well that can take a long time to heal. One among such is Jock Itch caused by fungus or ringworm to be more specific. This itchy infection is painful and is enough to embarrass you at unexpected situations. However, as every other problem, there is solution to this also. So, there is nothing to be so upset if are a victim of it.
In this article, I have talked extensively about 24 best remedies to treat fungal infection between thighs. These solutions include the usage of easily available kitchen ingredients like apple cider vinegar, baking soda, aloe vera, garlic, honey, cornstarch, oatmeal etc. all of which are great antifungal and anti-inflammatory agents. If you apply these, they will give you relief from the pain and also soothe your itch.
Besides the home remedies to treat fungal infection between things using natural ingredients, I have also mentioned few other tips that will aid you in quickening the recovery process and also lessen the risk of getting affected by it in future. Some of them include eating healthy diet, avoiding alcohol, avoiding highly perfumes washing products, not wearing tight and non-skin friendly jeans or underwear, etc. Besides, all these, also maintain a good hygiene for your general wellbeing.
In most cases, the remedies to treat fungal infection between thighs have worked, but if none of these work for you, may be yours one is too severe and needs immediate medical help. So, it is better not to delay further.
Are you a victim of Jock Itch? Have you checked out my list of 24 remedies to treat fungal infection between thighs? What is your take on it? Share your opinions and suggestions in the comments section and let us know how you felt after using these remedies. Also, like and share the post and spread the word among all.
Until then, stay healthy and safe.
Eliana the chief editor at bodyandbeans is a professional yoga instructor and a fitness freak. She has done her master’s in history from Kolkata University. She is passionate about healthy eating and living practices.