A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Jock Itch
I had a question the other day about jock itch.
Jock itch (tinea cruris) is a form of ringworm.
Ringworm isn’t a worm at all.
It’s a fungal infection of the outer layers of your skin, hair, or nails.
Ringworm of the skin appears as a rash with patches that may be red or peeling or that have bumps on the edges that look like blisters.
The skin often is itchy, and the rash can spread quickly.
You can have both jock itch and athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) at the same time.
The rash may or may not cause an infection.
Fungi grow best in warm, moist areas of the body like your groin, inner thighs, and buttocks.
As the name suggests, jock itch mostly affects male athletes, but anyone can get it.
Using public showers and locker rooms increases your chances of getting jock itch.
Fungi grow best in the steamy rooms among damp towels, sweaty workout clothes, and wet floors.
So it’s not surprising that jock itch and athlete’s foot often occur at the same time, since both are caused by fungi.
Symptoms of jock itch include the following:
>Itching and pain are common.
>A rash on your groin, skin folds, inner thighs, or buttocks. The rash usually doesn’t occur on your scrotum or penis.
>The edge of the rash is very distinct and may be scaly or have bumps that look like blisters.
>The center of the rash may have a red-brown color.
Jock itch is annoying, but it usually isn’t serious and can be treated at home.
To deal with jock itch it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Review my post on candida.
*Increase exercise, relaxation techniques.
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing.
*Consume plenty of fresh, raw, unroasted pumpkin seeds.
*Increase fiber intake.
*Ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Decrease toxic exposures (food and environmental).
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, artificial sweeteners.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Maintain a healthy weight.
*Consider Tea Tree Oil and Oil of Oregano.
*Consume plenty of fresh garlic and onions.
*Consider allergic sensitivities to condoms, creams, and personal care products.
*Use Enfuselle products.