Jock itch (tinea cruris) is a fungal infection that affects the skin of your genitals, inner thighs and buttocks. Jock itch causes an itchy, red, often ring-shaped rash in these warm, moist areas of your body.
Jock itch gets its name because it is common in people who sweat a lot, as do athletes. It also is more likely to occur in people who are overweight.
Although often uncomfortable and bothersome, jock itch usually isn't serious. Keeping your groin area clean and dry and applying topical antifungal medications usually are sufficient to treat jock itch.
Causes-Jock itch is caused by a type of fungus that can be spread from person to person or from shared use of contaminated towels or clothing. Jock itch is often caused by the same fungus that results in athlete's foot. It's common for the infection to spread from the feet to the groin, as the fungus can travel on your hands or on a towel.
Symptoms--Jock itch usually begins with a reddened area of skin that spreads out from the crease in the groin in a half-moon shape onto the upper thigh. The border of the rash may consist of a line of small, raised blisters. The rash often itches or burns, and the skin may be flaky or scaly.
Risk factors -- The organisms that cause jock itch thrive in damp, close environments. You're at greater risk of jock itch if you:
·         Are a man
·         Are a teen or young adult
·         Wear tight underwear
·         Are overweight
·         Sweat heavily
·         Have a weakened immune system
·         Have diabetes

Well selected Homoeopathic remedies are effective for jock itch. Some of the important remedies are given below-

GRAPHITES 30-- Graphites is one of the top Homoeopathic  remedies for jock itch with recurrent episodes. . It is prescribed where the skin is dry, rough  with severe itching. Sometimes moist and crusty eruptions are seen on the part from which oozes out a sticky exudation. Graphites is effective for fungal infection around vulva.

THUJA OCCIDENTALIS  200- Thuja occidentalis is another effective Homoeopathic medicine for jock itch where the skin is dry, and is very sensitive to touch. The eruptions are accompanied by violent itching or burning. Scratching and cold bathing makes the condition worse.
Locally applied Thuja oil or ointment is found to be effective.

CHRYSAROBINUM  6- Chrysarobinum is best for jock itch with violent itching. There is violent itching between thighs and genital area. The skin is dry, and scaly eruptions are seen sometimes pus underneath.

SEPIA 200-Sepia is effective for jock in the groin and genitals with much scratching, but scratching provides no relief. The skin is rough , hard or cracked.

PSORINUM 200- Psorinum is another effective medicine for jock itch with intense itching, and burning  which is worse from warmth of bed . The skin is dirty and have a dingy look.

BARYTA CARBONICUM 30- Baryta carb is prescribed when jock itch occurs with intolerable itchin and crawling sensation. The person feels a peculiar burning sensation and needle – loke pricks with violent itching.

ARSENICUM IODATUM 30- Arsenicum iodatum is best for jock itch where the skin is dry, scaly, flaking and erythematous. Itching worse from washing.

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