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The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.

Jock Itch-

Also called tinea cruris. Caused by a number of fungus'. Can have secondary bacterial infection as well. Usually appears as a ringed lesion that extends from the crotch fold out over the upper inner thigh. Recurrence is common and it often flares up in the summer. Tight clothing and obesity will aggravate the problems. It usually doesnít involve the scrotum. If the scrotum is inflamed then there is a candida infection. Medical treatment uses antifungal creams and sometimes internal antifungal agents.

Keeping the area clean and dry will discourage growth of the fungus. Wearing loose clothing and underwear and changing clothing frequently is also important.

Tea tree oil- very effective for fungal infections. Dilute in half with olive oil and apply to the area several times a day or apply a few drops to a washcloth in the shower.

Goldenseal- another effective antifungal. Use as a tea to wash the area or take internally.
Liquid extract- 1/2-1 teaspoon three times a day
Dry herb in capsules- 500-1000 mg three times a day
Standardized extract (8-12% alkaloid content)- 250-500 mg three times a day.

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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