Q. I always thought jock itch was a locker room contagion. I don’t go to a gym, so I was surprised when my dermatologist told me what I had. He prescribed antifungal drugs.
About three months before the diagnosis, I’d purchased a laptop and was using it nightly on my lap. The heat from the laptop was baking the very area that should be kept cool and dry. My doctor said he had treated a number of people with red spots from using laptops.
The situation is better but not completely resolved. Are there any home remedies? I’m concerned about long-term use of the medications.

A. Many folks have had success with old-fashioned amber Listerine for jock itch. One reader wrote: “Thanks for the tip about Listerine as an antifungal agent. I tried it for chronic jock itch and it worked!” The herbal extracts in this mouthwash may have antifungal activity. Be careful dabbing it on, though, as the alcohol in Listerine could burn delicate tissue.

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  1. Steve
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    I was in Marine Corp boot camp in early 1970 and developed a case of jock itch. My Drill Instructor, although an extremely harsh and seemingly uncaring guy, had warned us all of this possibility, and suggested using Listerine. It worked beautifully, and it cleared up in just 2 days. It does burn a bit going on, but hang in there, it does work well. Also good for athletes foot.

  2. DOK
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    We use diluted Listerine (50/50 with water) to control “Schnauzer Back” on our Miniature Schnauzer dog. Our veterinarian had prescribed an expensive antibiotic. It worked well but was hard to get and expensive. We now use regular baths with Head & Shoulders shampoo and a rinse with diluted Listerine. It appears to work as well as the antibiotic and is readily available for use when needed.

  3. fbl
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    A friend had a jock itch problem and used Grapefruit Seed Extract (Nutribiotic) internally and then a drop in the water when washing. A light coating of coconut oil to finish up. Cured the problem.

  4. sh
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    More to the point, you might want to get a heat shield for your lap.
    There are several kinds, from gel pads to firm surfaced ones– some even have fans in them.
    I recently acquired a gel pad, and it helps. (Note: it’ll arouse the interest of airport screeners tho!)

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