I have had a jock itch on my inner thigh for the past week, which is getting severe now. How do I manage it?

Q. What is the best treatment for a jock itch on my inner thigh?

Answered by
Dr. Suvash Sahu
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 15, 2022

Hello doctor,

I am a 20 year-old-girl. I have had a jock itch on my inner thigh for the past week. And now it is getting severe, and please suggest some ointments which can help with the infection. I am currently using Panderm plus.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have seen your query and concern.

I need to examine your picture for confirmation.

With your descriptions, it seems you have tinea cruris. Tinea cruris is a fungal infection of the groin.

Follow certain general measures,

1. Do not keep the area wet at all. Use Clotrimazole powder frequently to keep it dry.

2. Avoid itching, and do not scratch it. Change the undergarments regularly. Avoid excessive sweating and wet clothes.

3. Do not apply any general or steroid creams like Betnovate, Surfaz ointment (Clotrimazole (1% W/W), Betamethasone (0.05% W/W) Tolnaftate (1% W/W) Neomycin (0.5% W/W)) quadriderm, itch guard, penderm, fourderm.

4. Do not stop the medicine once it is cured. Continue medicine for a long time to completely kill the fungal.

5. Check diabetes and thyroid. It is really recurrent even after proper treatment.

It can be transferred. But, it is not a dread disease (life-threatening) and almost has nil complications. It can be easily prevented by the above-mentioned measures. Look, fungus always needs humidity and a wet area to penetrate. So, do not give it a chance by keeping it dry. This time trend for fungal infection is this it is not responding to Terbinafine (Terbina Force), or Fluconazole may be because of resistant development.

You can take Tablet Itraconazole 200 mg twice a day and KZ (Ketoconazole) cream twice in a local application for one month.

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