Wherever there are folds in the skin there is the opportunity for jock itch. That means women as well as men are vulnerable. Summertime is the worse time for jock itch. That’s because of the heat and humidity. When you sweat, chances are very good that you are setting up the conditions that allow fungal infections to thrive. Is there any relief from jock itch? What remedies work best? This reader was delighted with the results from topical applications of MoM (milk of magnesia, also known as magnesium hydroxide).
MoM Provides Relief from Jock Itch!
Q. For about three years, I had a chronic problem with “jock itch.” First I tried many OTC products, but none worked. My physician dismissed the problem by telling me that it was a seasonal allergy despite my protests that it lasted all year long. Then my urologist and dermatologist each prescribed products that gave no more than limited temporary help.
A recent People’s Pharmacy article mentioned milk of magnesia for jock itch. I bought a store’s private label MoM, applied it after my shower and was stunned with the almost instant relief. My only dissatisfaction was the very liquid form of MoM.
What Causes Jock Itch?
A. Jock itch (tinea cruris) is caused by fungal overgrowth on areas of the skin that get warm and moist. The itchy rash is not limited to athletes nor to men. It can occur on the inner thighs, buttocks, genitals and even under the breasts (intertrigo).
Treatments That Offer Relief from Jock Itch:
Antifungal creams are the usual recommendation. Some people have been able to control jock itch by washing the area with dandruff shampoo containing selenium sulfide (Selsun Blue). Another popular remedy is applying old-fashioned amber Listerine to the rash. Be careful, though; the alcohol can sting if the skin is irritated.
Milk of Magnesia = Another Option for Relief from Jock Itch
Many readers have reported success with milk of magnesia, especially for under-breast rashes. You can read about how this approach has helped many women obtain relief from jock itch, aka a rash under the breasts at this link:
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One person found that leaving the bottle ajar allowed the liquid to evaporate and become a thick cream. That made application a little easier. It’s still kind of messy, though.
We have another idea. Several years ago we discovered that milk of magnesia could be a surprisingly effective deodorant. We tried it. The only downside was it too was messy. Trying to slosh liquid milk of magnesia under your arm pits was challenging at best and drippy at worst.
Here is a short history on our discovery of MoM for underarm odor:
“I’ve been using this deodorant for several years. Initially I was concerned that it wouldn’t be strong enough to block the odor from bacteria I picked up in the tropics – no, seriously, I came home from a trip to the South Pacific stinking in a new, distressing way, and a doctor told me I was inhabited with some bacteria that would just live on me forever. Blessings to MoM; the doc was wrong. That smell went away and has never come back.”
Mike in Cullman, Alabama loves MoM:
“Had severe irritation under my arms. This is the ONLY product that does NOT irritate. God has blessed me through the discovery of this fine roll-on. I will order my third 3-months supply today. Thanks for the great quality. Papa Murph”
Cynthia in California Also Loves MoM!
“Absolutely love this product! I will never go back to commercial deodorants as long as this magnesium deodorant exists! It really works wonders in keeping odors under control and its free from harmful chemicals.”
If you find such stories helpful, you may wish to read our book, Quick & Handy Home Remedies. It contains hundreds of simple approaches for common ailments. And if you want to try MoM for jock itch or under breast rash, here’s a link.
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” Read Joe's Full Bio.
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