Can't Stop Scratching? What Every Man Needs to Know About Jock Itch
Fortunately, many cases of jock itch can be effectively treated with just a trip to the drugstore. There are several effective nonprescription antifungal products available.
Where do you find these products? Check the foot care section first. These products are sometimes advertised in large print for treating athlete's foot. But pick up the packages and read the small print on the back and you'll see that most are used to treat jock itch as well. They come in several forms, such as creams, ointments, powders, or sprays, so you will have multiple options; choose whichever you prefer. If you can't find what you need in the foot care section, check the first-aid area, as some stores put their antifungal products near the antibacterial ointments.
If you need help finding or choosing a product, just ask the pharmacist. Don't feel embarrassed. They're used to getting questions about personal matters (such as condoms, yeast infections, pregnancy tests, constipation, etc.), and they'll be glad to help.
Whatever product you choose, make sure it contains an antifungal, not just a drying powder (which might help for prevention but won't help much for treatment). Look on the Drug Facts on the label; it will say the word "antifungal" after the active ingredient. Some of the most commonly used antifungals include miconazole, clotrimazole, tolnaftate, and undecylenate.
Follow the directions carefully, and make sure you don't skip doses or stop using the treatment too early (which increases the chance that the infection will come back). If you have athlete's foot, make sure you also treat that at the same time.
After two weeks of treatment, if the rash still hasn't cleared up, it's time for a visit to your doctor. Your regular doctor will do just fine, but a dermatologist is also an option. A doctor can verify that it really is jock itch (some other conditions can be mistaken for jock itch) and can provide stronger treatments.
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