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Home Treatment for Jock Itch

Home Treatment for Jock Itch

Most infections of the skin, such as jock itch, can be treated at home with creams and powders you can buy without a prescription. But any persistent, severe, or recurrent infections should be checked by a doctor.

  • Wash the rash with soap and water. Spread an antifungal cream over the rash. Apply the cream beyond the edge of the rash.
  • Use an antifungal cream or powder containing miconazole or clotrimazole that you can buy without a prescription. Brand names include Micatin, Monistat, and Lotrimin. Terbinafine cream (Lamisil) is also available without a prescription. Follow the directions on the package, and don't stop using the medicine just because your symptoms go away. If symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks, call your doctor.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised March 1, 2011

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