At this point we’re going to assume you’ve read our articles on what jock itch is and how to treat it, so we’re not going to rehash all that here. The point of this article is to arm you with the information you need to (hopefully) keep jock itch at bay in the future.
Preventing Jock Itch: What You Can Do
Thankfully, there are a lot of simple steps you can take to prevent your jock itch from making a comeback.
Maintain Good Personal Hygiene
Keeping nice and clean is always a good idea, but it’s especially important when trying to prevent jock itch. Here are a few things you should pay special attention to if you’re prone to jock itch:
- Shower or take a bath daily, especially after exercising or sweating excessively
- Wash your hands and feet often to prevent the spread of fungal infection
- Always keep the area around the groin dry. Use a clean towel to dry the inner thighs and genital area thoroughly
- Use powder around the crotch to prevent excess sweating and moisture. You can also use plain cornstarch, but antifungal powders like Zeasorb or Desenex will provide an extra level of protection
- Avoid using products with fragrance or creams and lotions that can irritate your man-zone
Wear Clean Clothes and Change them Often
This ensures that jock itch fungi will have less of a chance to reproduce and infect your parts. Here are some specifics to keep in mind:
- Change underwear once a day. Do this more often during hot weather or if you sweat excessively
- Change out of your bathing suit or workout clothes immediately after use
- Wash bathing suits and workout clothes after use, using hot soapy water
Wear Cool, Comfortable Clothing
In addition to keeping your clothes clean, you should make sure the stuff you wear helps to keep your crotch cool and dry.
- Wear loose fitting, cotton underwear
- Avoid tight pants, shorts or skirts that might rub or chafe the skin
- Use sports uniforms and athletic supporters that fit correctly
- Use boxer shorts instead of briefs
- Avoid underwear made with polyester, nylon, or other synthetic fibers
Wash Personal Items Regularly
This goes hand-in-hand with the previous two guidelines. In addition to clothes, bue sure to wash and replace bedding, linens, and towels frequently.
Avoid Infection From Others
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it happens more than you’d think. If your gym buddy has spent the last week complaining about how itchy his balls are, it’s probably wise to take a long shower after sharing a curl bar with him. A few other obvious-but-we-should-still-mention-them points;
- Never share personal items such as towels, beddings, clothes, shoes, razors, etc
- Make sure to wipe down gym equipment before you use it (and, if you’re a nice guy, after you use it)
- Avoid walking barefoot in public gyms, locker rooms, pools and showers
If You Have Athlete’s Foot, Treat It
It’s very common for fungal infections on the feet to spread to the groin, so treat your athlete’s foot ASAP before you get athlete’s balls. A couple other helpful bits of advice
- Put on your socks before underwear and your pants. This keeps fungus from hitching a ride on your boxers up to your crotch.
- Avoid tight shoes and sweaty socks. Change socks at least once a day or more if sweaty
Yes, we realize this is easier said than done. But the fact remains that obesity (and its accompanying issues) can increase your chance of picking up a fungal infection. So eat a salad and go for a freaking jog once in awhile.