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You've been working hard at the gym on a daily basis. Weight lifting, cardio, stretching - you do it all - and your health has improved because of it. And then one day, something isn't quite right...

You've been working hard at the gym on a daily basis. Weight lifting, cardio, stretching - you do it all - and your health has improved because of it. And then one day, something isn't quite right...

What Is It?

Jock itch (also known as groin ringworm) is a contagious infection of the groin area caused by a group of fungi called "tinea." Tinea grows on hair, skin, or nails, and lives on the dead cells of these areas. In most cases, these fungi don't create any ill effects, but under moist and warm conditions they can multiply quickly, causing symptoms of infection. Generally, as the fungus grows, it spreads in outward circles, leaving normal looking skin in the middle, like a ring. Although jock itch affects the groin and may spread to the inner thighs, anal area, and buttocks, it is unlikely to spread to the scrotum or penis.

How to Get Rid of Jock Itch?

  • Wash the affected area with a mix of one-half pint apple cider vinegar and one-quart warm water.
  • Tea tree oil applied topically is beneficial, as are aloe vera gel and calendula cream.
  • Garlic and oregano oils are safe, natural antifungal therapies which can be taken internally.
  • An infusion of camomile, horsetail, or sage can be applied to the affected area to disinfect and promote healing.

Prevention is the Key

  • Keep your groin area clean and dry.
  • Use clean towels when drying off. Bring your own towels from home, rather than using those provided at the gym.
  • Change underwear often, especially after sweating.
  • Use antifungal powders to stay dry.
  • Avoid sitting in a wet bathing suit.
  • Shower as soon as possible after exercising, and be sure to rinse all soap off of your skin.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing and underwear. Avoid synthetic fabrics.
  • Wash exercise clothes and athletic supporters after every use.
  • Wash in hot water or dry clean clothing, bed linens, and towels to prevent reinfection.
  • Avoid contact with another person's infected skin.
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