i have JOCK ITCH!! (my embarrassment is monumental) who can recommend a fast acting OTC creme to get rid of it?

  • rnch

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    Jun 13, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    after my 8 day staph infection hospital "visit", thanks to the inadequate bathing during the hospital stay and after returning home, for the first time in my life i have the fungal infection commonly referred to as "jock itch".


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    can someone suggest a creme/ointment that has worked in the past for you?
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    Jun 13, 2011 4:43 PM GMT
    **Blue Star** ointment.
    Seriously...I know it's cheep and kind of corny but the shit really works.

    Here's the rub..ha (rub)...It's going to burn like a son-of-a-bitch...have a fan and ice pack ready; once the burning stops so will the itching. Usually works after only one application.
    A must in every jocks medicine cabinet.
    Slap it on when you first start itching and it doesn't burn as much.
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    Jun 17, 2011 8:48 PM GMT
    Are you sure its jock itch? Sometimes after taking antibiotics you can get a drug rash or contact dermatitis. Maybe you should check with your doctor, just to make sure its not related to infection.
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    Jun 18, 2011 1:10 AM GMT
    Miconosol Nitrite
    It takes a couple of weeks to clear it up and continue to use it awhile after it clears up. It can recur.
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    Jun 21, 2011 1:22 PM GMT
    rnch saidafter my 8 day staph infection hospital "visit", thanks to the inadequate bathing during the hospital stay and after returning home, for the first time in my life i have the fungal infection commonly referred to as "jock itch".


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    can someone suggest a creme/ointment that has worked in the past for you?


    Uh most likely the miconizole will not work. Most Tinea fungus is resistant now .Most gym isolates of Tinea are resistant to Miconazole.

    Here are som V.A. tips and my own recommendations for patients. You will need to buy 2 shampoos, one for the long term maintanence

    1) buy Nizoral shampoo , this is Ketoconazole over the counter its 1% and is a prescription anti-fungal that went over the counter for dandruff,

    Next Get Selsun blue shampoo ( generic ok), its naturally antifungal. Use that as a bodywash in that area. Even let it dry on your body the first few times, then wash off.

    you should alternate the 2 shampoos every time you shower until your rash is gone then do maintainence. Also get a nail brush and scrub under your nails with the Nizoral ( people keep fungal spores and spread them under the nails)

    -Treat your feet as well, this is were we keep our fungus on our body.

    - use a hair dryer after a shower completly dry the area in your groin

    Socks on First ! when you pull your undies up it brings a plume of fungal spores from your feet. Even after a shower. Socks on first prevents this!

    -Use the sun to air out your shoes weekly or as much as possible

    - any body sponges should be set in the sun or bleached once a week


    Creams in the groin for the long term fail. Because it ruins your underwear and compliance is low. But if you wanted to use a cream on top of the mixture above get Clotrimazole. ( lotrimin) ocasionally this will be in the dollar store or Walmart cheap. Use this in addition.




    * Side note. Ketoconazole has some weak activity against bacteria ( staph)
    also Hibiclens is another soap that is antifungal and antibacterial, washing the groin with that once in a while helps as well.








  • rnch

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    Jun 21, 2011 1:49 PM GMT
    adam228 saidAre you sure its jock itch? Sometimes after taking antibiotics you can get a drug rash or contact dermatitis. Maybe you should check with your doctor, just to make sure its not related to infection.



    good point! i'm half way thru a 30 day daily IV infusion of dapamiacin (sp?) which lists a fungal rash as one of the possible side efects.

    my MD suggested frequent, thorough bathing and an occassional application of OTC jock itch creme.

    it's faded down to a slight skin discoloration. no more itching, no more skin peeling, no more "stale peanut butter" smell.

    it didn't bother my bf at all last night.


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  • musclmed

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    Jun 21, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    thats a broad spectrum antibiotic.

    definitely try the Selsun blue.

    In the future get to know Hibiclens, if it was a staph infection Hibiclens does do a good job to wash it and kill it off skin
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    Jun 21, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    rnch saidmy MD suggested frequent, thorough bathing and an occassional application of OTC jock itch creme.

    Frankly, if I was seeing a doctor about it already, I'd ask for the "good stuff" via prescription to just knock it out, rather than leave you to figure out the OTC options yourself. I always prefer the advice of a doctor to my own limited understanding of medicine.

    That's exactly what I did myself about 3 years ago, when I had red blotches in the groin area. Sometimes they'd itch a bit, but mainly I was concerned for my partner, who might pick-it up, and certainly be concerned by the appearance, wondering if it was a simple fungus or an STD. I was also embarrassed in the locker room by their obvious redness.

    My doctor confirmed it was likely fungal, as I test negative for all STDs. She gave me a prescription for a creme, which cleared it up, and it still hasn't returned. I wish I could tell you the name, but I used it all up and discarded the tube.

    But my point is more that the prescription is your doctor's business, not mine, based on what he thinks it is. Perhaps he wants you to try the OTC first, before he brings in the big guns if the OTCs don't work. I told my doctor I had tried the usual jock itch powders without success, and I wanted it cleared up immediately, with the next step a dermatologist.

    I also have flareups of foot fungus, acquired in my Army days. And I've read that fungus, being very hardy, can survive a clothes washing machine. Therefore never wash your socks together with your shorts or jocks, or any clothes that touch your groin. And discard your underwear after a year, even if still not worn out.

    I don't know if that's valid advice, but I now do that myself, and I've not had a recurrence of the jock rash since.
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    Jun 21, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    Grab some over the counter stuff, like touch actin Tinactin, cocnut oil, ect. if that doesn't work go to or call your doctor and have him perscribe a tube of the good stuff.

    Side note: I have really sensitive skin and skin issues. For about a year and a half I thought I had jock itch and went through a lot of different remedies and perscription strenght creams. Finally i went to another doctor and explained that I didn't think it was jock itch, after some review and reaserch he agreed and the only thing that solved my problem was a steroid shot/cream.

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    Aug 01, 2011 7:06 PM GMT
    musclmed said1) buy Nizoral shampoo , this is Ketoconazole over the counter its 1% and is a prescription anti-fungal that went over the counter for dandruff,


    Nizoral 1% shampoo has not been available on the west coast for months now...
  • rnch

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    Aug 01, 2011 7:15 PM GMT
    thanks for all of ya'll's replies!

    walgreen's generic creme knocked it out quickly....much to my (and my bf's) happiness.


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