Tinea is a group of fungal infections caused by fungus of
different varieties. Particular varieties of fungus have a
preference for specific areas of the body. Tinea cruris is usually
found in the crotch, or warm, moist areas of the body.
Commonly known as jock itch this type of Tinea is actually a
ringworm infection of the groin which is most commonly caused by a
yeast infection. The problem is more common in men than women and
may be found on both of the upper inner thighs. Tinea cruris is
most commonly caused by Epidermophyton floccosum or T.
The ailment typically has a ringed lesion clearly visible on the
skin with raised edges and may spread backwards to the anal area.
Both sides of the groin may be affected. Sometimes the rash is
further complicated by an infection caused by bacteria or candida.
This also has to be treated.
Jock itch as the name suggests is usually very itchy and can
re-occur particularly in summer when the patient perspires more
easily. Inflammation, softening of the skin and in some cases
scaling are factors to be considered with Tinea cruris. The patient
may cause a form of dermatitis because of continually scratching
People who wear tight fitting clothing and who are over-weight
seem to be more susceptible to the infection.
As with all conditions your Doctor should be consulted to
diagnose and treat this condition. Ask your Doctor about the latest
advice on this ailment.
- It is important to always have a healthy diet which is high in
wholesome foods such as fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, lean
protein etc., and low in fatty, sugary foods which are generally
high in calories and low in nutritional value.
- Some dietary measures can be taken to minimise the growth of
yeast in the bowel which, in turn, reduces the likelihood of yeast
infections such as Tinea cruris.
- Sugar provides the right environment in the bowel for candida
albicans to thrive. If a person has a yeast infection it is
advisable to avoid sugary foods including honey, soft drinks,
lollies, chocolates, sweet desserts, cakes, biscuits etc.
- Eat acidophilus yoghurt regularly and take a course of
acidophilus capsules after a course of antibiotics to help
eradicate yeast organisms and re-establish a healthy balance of
organisms in the bowel.
- The diet should be high in foods which are good sources of
fibre such as wholegrain cereals, fruits and vegetables. Eating
only pieces of fruit daily due to the high sugar content.
- Garlic has been shown to have anti-fungal activity and can be
included in the diet every day. It is best to have garlic at a
separate time to acidophilus as the antibiotic activity of garlic
may interfere with the acidophilus organism.
Supplements may only be of value if dietary intake is
- The essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) exhibits
broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity.
- Applying tea tree oil directly to the skin or diluted in a
sorbolene cream base may help to destroy Tinea cruris. It is
advisable to first apply a single drop of tea tree oil to a patch
of skin to determine sensitivity. A slight stinging sensation is to
be expected. Do not take tea tree oil internally.
- Probiotic supplements containing acidophilus and bifidus
cultures help to restore the normal, healthy flora in the bowel
that form a barrier to harmful bacteria. An acidophilus supplement
may help to boost the immune system and improve the bodys
resistance to fungal infections.
- Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil and flaxseed oil) and
Omega-6 fatty acids (found in evening primrose oil and starflower
oil) are thought to have anti-inflammatory effects. This may be
beneficial in cases of Tinea cruris, particularly if dermatitis has
also occurred due to scratching.
- Fungal infections may indicate low immune function and an
oversupply of harmful molecules (free radicals) may be present in
the body. Antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E, zinc, grape seed
extract, coenzyme Q10 and selenium help to reduce the number of
free radicals in the body.
- Vitamin E and vitamin C play important roles in maintaining the
health of the skin. These vitamins strengthen the integrity of
skin, promote the regeneration of damaged skin cells and help to
prevent scarring. Vitamin C may be taken internally and vitamin E
may also be taken internally and applied directly to unbroken
- Calendula is a herb with anti-inflammatory properties. This
herb may be used internally or externally as a sterile, cool
compress to relieve soreness and inflammation of the skin or in the
form of a cream to by used only on unbroken skin.
Ask your Pharmacist for advice.
- Always wear cotton underpants to allow the skin to
- Use a powder after bathing to help keep the area dry. Your
Pharmacist may recommend an antifungal powder.
- Antifungal creams and lotions are also available.
- Follow the Diet Hints.
- If the diet is inadequate consider some nutritional
My Experience Clearing Candida Using Probiotics Lifestyle
Having gone through this candida lifestyle/diet/probiotics program myself, I can speak from experience. It feels great to be candida free and not having burning toes, jock itch or the other candida symptoms! My sister also went through the same candida clearing process to cure her chronic yeast infections and low immunity.
I Also Got Rid Of My Severe Dandruff Too
I followed the diet/lifestyle 95% strictly for 3 monthsand 99% of my severe dandruff disappeared. My dandruff was so bad that head and shoulders wouldnt even stop itmy naturalpath doctor and I were floored to say the least. Goodbye candida!
The Probiotics I Used Against Candida
When looking for a probiotic supplement that is likely to be effective against Candida, I would make sure it has these 2 probiotic strains:
There is decent research showing that these probiotic strains have some effect on intestinal Candida infections.
My Favorite Anti-Candida Probiotic Product
My favorite probiotic for fighting candida (because of its 4-pronged approach for fungal and yeast support), is BalanceMD by 1MD. This is a broad-spectrum supplement that works four ways: with herbal cleaners, digestive enzymes, 18 billion units of L acidophilus, and soothing aloe vera.
I like too that BalanceMD is good for short-term use and safe enough for long-term. In addition, the supplement is % vegan. You should click here to read the review where I rated this product 5 stars.
Remember, for the probiotics to defeat the candida, I needed to live a healthy lifestyle with a good diet to make it easier for probiotics to recolonize my body. Probiotics alone may be a good first step, but my sister and I needed to take the probiotics AND improve our diets/lifestyle.
Ill detail below the lifestyle improvements and diet changes I needed to make to take it to defeat probiotics.
I Needed A Healthy Diet To Fight Candida
Taking probiotics was not the only step in fighting Candida. A vital step is to starve/weaken the Candida. This was accomplished by cutting out nearly all sugar, grains, alcohol and legumes from my diet for a period of exactly days (for me). My sister saw results much faster, in about 60 days or so. But she cant stray too far from the principles of the diet or the Candida can come back.
I Needed An Anti-Candida Lifestyle
Just as important, I also needed to live a most restful, less stressful and anti-candida lifestyle. Specifically:
- I ate home-cooked meals as much as possible
- I said no to extra projects, responsibilities, etc
- I had 45 minutes of chill out time every day
- I went to bed by 10pm
- I exercised every day
Those arent easy changes to make, but it isnt easy having candida either!
I didnt follow the diet/lifestyle/probiotics program % (that is not realistic!). But, if you follow it 6 days a week youll be making great progress!
I believe candida is a symptom of a lifestyle that is not working for your body. Figure out a way to get more rest, reduce stress, eat whole foods and high quality meat. That is the path to resisting all disease not just candida.
Testing for Candida
The best way to test to see if you defeated candida, or actually have it, is the culture swap test. You can swab feces, throat or even skin infections to see there is an overgrowth.
Great Candida Books
If you want to read up further on Candida, check out the book The Fungal Link by Doug Kaufmann. It has more details on diet recommendations, and shows how many diseases have been linked to fungal infections. The book How To Eat, Move and Be Health by Paul Chek also has GREAT info on a lifestyle that beats candida.
Careful of Candida Cleanses
Lastly, Id be weary of those candida cleanse kits (even if they have probiotics)how can a 7 day cleanse fight days of a candida creating lifestyle??
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Its probably safe to assume there arent too many of us who havent experienced jock itch at one time or another, since its such a common skin problem. A nasty, annoying red rash that thrives in the moist environment of our groin (the area between our thighs and abdomen where the family jewels live) is definitely a problem that can affect all men; even those who arent jocks.
Jock itch, also known as tinea cruris, is a contagious rash thats usually caused by various types of fungus, but can occasionally be brought on by moisture, bacterial overgrowth, and irritation. When fungus is the cause, it can be the same culprit as the fungus that causes athletes foot, since athletes foot is also contagious and can spread to the groin. Moisture and warmth, the perfect weather for bacteria to grow and prosper the same way it does under our arms, can also set the stage for this aggravating rash. Tight clothing, especially underpants and jockstraps, and skin on skin contact, rub and irritate skin, which invites jock itch to move in and set up residency, too. Regardless of how you get it, symptoms are basically the same and absolutely no fun!
The rash is typically flat, pink or red, and is often accompanied by red pimple like bumps, or it can be dry and scaly. Either way, it is normally symmetrical (lucky us) and is found on the inside of both thighs, groin skin folds, and genitals, including the tip of the penis. The rash can be localized to a small area, or full blown covering the entire groin area and bottom of the buttocks, including the anus. Im itchy just thinking about it! Additional symptoms include intense itching, burning, chafing and scaling, which can present individually or all at the same time. It aint pretty, gentlemen.
Those who are especially at risk of jock itch are diabetics, guys with weakened immune systems, and those on broad-spectrum antibiotics. Unfortunately, age plays a part, so older guys are more susceptible, too. Diets high in carbs and sugars can make matters worse, so cleaning up your diet should help reduce or eliminate the big itch. And that includes limiting alcohol consumption, too.
The good news is crotch rot is self limiting, which means even if left untreated, it should go away on its own. However, who wants to wait it out and endure the agony and embarrassment longer than necessary? Fortunately, treatment is fairly simple and provides quick results. Symptoms should clear up after two weeks of treatment, but if at any time it gets worse, is really uncomfortable, or develops lumps or swelling, see a doctor ASAP. Another reason to see a doctor is to make sure it is jock itch and not another skin condition that mimics it. Psoriasis, allergies, and even dandruff can be mistaken for the itch, so if youre unsure, get to a doc for a diagnosis.
Fungal jock itch needs a topical antifungal, which is usually sufficient to clear things up. Over-the-counter sprays, creams, and ointments are available in pharmacies and grocery stores, and are usually located with the athletes foot products. Many of these medications can be used on either feet or groins, since the fungus, if not the same, are in the same family. There are also antifungal washes, which are very effective and may be a smart choice if the affected area is large. Resistant jock itch may require prescription medication to kill the fungus off, so get to a doctor if needed. A general practitioner and dermatologist (skin doctor) are the doctors to see for this skin problem.
The natural health industry suggests taking therapeutic doses of probiotics for those who have frequent, reoccurring or resistant jock itch. Its believed an internal yeast/fungal infection may be the underlying cause of this condition. A yeast overload goes hand in hand with low levels of the good bacteria we always hear we need. The good bacteria keeps the yeast under control, so without enough of them, the yeast takes over and can really cause lots of health problems jock itch being just one of them. Therapeutic doses sounds scary, but all that means is take a probiotic supplement with high amounts of bacteria to successfully fight any possible yeast infection, versus relying on a cup of yogurt or any other food that doesnt supply high enough amounts.
Bacterial jock itch is a matter of hygiene. No, it doesnt mean youre unclean if you get it, but you may have a situation or lifestyle that needs to be addressed in order to prevent future breakouts. Keeping the groin clean and dry is most important. Always shower after any physical activity that causes sweating. This means at home, as well as at the gym. Avoid wearing tighty whiteys, or any tight underwear. The looser the drawers the better. This doesnt mean everyone needs to switch to boxers, but just make sure briefs, etc., are not too tight around the legs, crotch, or waist. Fortunately, bacterial jock itch is not contagious; however, if it persists see a doctor – you may need an antibiotic. And how can you tell if its bacterial and not fungal? Bacterial jock itch glows a coral red color under a black light. Does anyone still own one?!
No matter which type of jock itch it is, always dry off really well after a shower and wash towels frequently. Because it usually is contagious, never share towels with anyone. Speaking of being contagious, you cant blame your girlfriend for giving it to you, since its pretty much a guy thing. Yes, women can get it, but they rarely do. When they do, its usually under their breasts. Speaking of girlfriends remember to show consideration during a breakout, if you know what I mean!
Jock itch isnt for sissies. It may be a common problem for us men, but its still a difficult one thats very challenging to deal with. My advice is to seek appropriate treatment as soon as you realize youve got it. It will be much easier to eradicate in the beginning before it has time to get worse and spread. It wouldnt hurt to frequently disinfect your tub or shower with an antifungal product. Bleach is perfect and cheap – just be careful handling it and make sure its safe to use at your house. Jock itch may be an everyday sort of problem, but it doesnt have to be one of yours if you take the proper precautions to avoid it.
by Aaron Marino
MenBiotics -"Top Rated" Topical Probiotic Body Care for Men
MenBiotics is an All Natural multipurpose topical spray consisting of purified water and probiotics. Probiotics are the "friendly" bacteria that remove the "bad" bacteria that cause odor, dry skin, itchy skin, rash, acne and other skin infections/irritations. Use MenBiotics as an aid/relief to balance, improve, eliminate and prevent skin conditions/infections/irritations such as: jock itch, acne, dry scalp, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Shingles, Bad Breath/Oral Health, Canker/Cold Sores, Athletes Foot, Toe Fungus, Sore Throat and More. Directions: Shake Well. Apply a light mist directly to the affected area. Do not wipe off or remove. Apply times daily. Use as often as needed. (Safe for eyes, mouth and genital areas) To maintain healthy skin and genital freshness use as desired preferably before/after intimacy, workouts and periods of excess sweating or moisture. MenBiotics penetrates and cleans topically and under the skins surface at the microscopic level for up to 3 days. MenBiotics stimulates the production of the body's own beneficial bacteria. MenBiotics inhibits the growth of yeast and fungal organisms preventing jock itch and other skin irritations. Balances yeast and bacteria for genital freshness. Shake well before use. *Note: Adding water will activate the probiotic giving it a life span of about one week. The probiotic formula used "as is" has an expiration date of 2 years+
Itch jock probiotic for
Ketoconazole is an antifungal agent applied topically to treat fungal and yeast infections of the skin. It is effective in the treatment of ringworm, jock itch, pityriasis, athlete's foot, and dandruff, as well as yeast infections caused by Candida. The shampoo is available over the counter in a 1% strength to treat dandruff, and by prescription as a 2% solution to treat pityriasis. The drug is not absorbed through the skin.
Common brand names:Kuric, Nizoral, Nizoral A-D, Extina, Xolegel
Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods
Replenish Depleted Nutrients
- Vitamin B12
Neomycin can decrease absorption or increase elimination of many nutrients, including calcium, carbohydrates, beta-carotene, fats, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and vitamin K. Surgery preparation with oral neomycin is unlikely to lead to deficiencies. It makes sense for people taking neomycin for more than a few days to also take a multivitamin-mineral supplement.
- Vitamin K
Several cases of excessive bleeding have been reported in people who take antibiotics. This side effect may be the result of reduced vitamin K activity and/or reduced vitamin K production by bacteria in the colon. One study showed that people who had taken broad-spectrum antibiotics had lower liver concentrations of vitamin K2 (menaquinone), though vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) levels remained normal. Several antibiotics appear to exert a strong effect on vitamin K activity, while others may not have any effect. Therefore, one should refer to a specific antibiotic for information on whether it interacts with vitamin K. Doctors of natural medicine sometimes recommend vitamin K supplementation to people taking antibiotics. Additional research is needed to determine whether the amount of vitamin K1 found in some multivitamins is sufficient to prevent antibiotic-induced bleeding. Moreover, most multivitamins do not contain vitamin K.
Reduce Side Effects
A common side effect of antibiotics is diarrhea, which may be caused by the elimination of beneficial bacteria normally found in the colon. Controlled studies have shown that taking probiotic microorganisms—such as Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium longum, or Saccharomyces boulardii—helps prevent antibiotic-induced diarrhea.
The diarrhea experienced by some people who take antibiotics also might be due to an overgrowth of the bacterium Clostridium difficile, which causes a disease known as pseudomembranous colitis. Controlled studies have shown that supplementation with harmless yeast—such as Saccharomyces boulardii or Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's or brewer's yeast)—helps prevent recurrence of this infection.
Treatment with antibiotics also commonly leads to an overgrowth of yeast (Candida albicans) in the vagina (candida vaginitis) and the intestines (sometimes referred to as "dysbiosis"). Controlled studies have shown that Lactobacillus acidophilus might prevent candida vaginitis.
In one study, taking mg of Saccharomyces boulardii twice daily enhanced the effectiveness of the antibiotic vancomycin in preventing recurrent clostridium infection. Therefore, people taking antibiotics who later develop diarrhea might benefit from supplementing with saccharomyces organisms.
Khat (Catha edulis) is an herb found in East Africa and Yemen that has recently been imported into the United States. Studies have shown that chewing khat significantly reduces the absorption of ampicillin, which might reduce the effectiveness of the antibiotic. Therefore, people taking ampicillin should avoid herbal products that contain khat.
Potential Negative Interaction
The Drug-Nutrient Interactions table may not include every possible interaction. Taking medicines with meals, on an empty stomach, or with alcohol may influence their effects. For details, refer to the manufacturers' package information as these are not covered in this table. If you take medications, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a new supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.
Scientific studies have proven this probiotic enhances your immune system including increasing immunity among the elderly, resisting middle ear inflammation, lowering respiratory diseases reducing colds and flu, curtailing allergies, increasing blood glucose control, improving digestion, lowering cholesterol, and fighting tumors. It is especially effective in improving the skin from attacking fungus.
Known to eliminate and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestines, this probiotic stimulates the production of antibodies and assists your body to combat invasive bacteria, it also has a high tolerance for the strong acids found in the digestive system, allowing maximum strength for warding off disease and infection.
This is the most ferocious good bacteria, known to produce organic compounds including lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid that halt reproduction of dangerous bacteria. Yeast (candida) is crowded out when hydrogen peroxide and aecetic acid are present. It synthesizes B-complex vitamins & absorbs calcium. Another study suggests it helps prevent eczema. More recent research says it controls diseases caused by allergic reactions.
L. salivarius is a resident of the intestinal tract with good survival and adherence characteristics. Preclinical research indicates L. salivarius favorably modulates inflammatory and allergic reactions. Studies involving mice with allergy induced asthma, showed L. salivarius significantly lessened the airway obstructiveness. In studies involving mice with allergy induced asthma, L. salivarius significantly lessened the obstructiveness of the airway passages.
B. longum biovar longum (referred to as B. longum) has been found to be able to eliminate nitrates form the intestinal tract. B. longum ferments a broad spectrum of oligosaccharides. It is resistant to high bile and salt concentrations. It inhibits human neutrophil elastase which may be important to innate immunity and attenuate harmful intestinal inflammation. Inhibits Enterotoxigenic E.Coli. It favorably modulates inflammatory cytokine response to respiratory antigens. It improves inflammation in ulcerative colitis.
L. plantarum helps produce lactolin, a natural antibiotic, and synthesizes L. lysine. L. plantarum is a highly beneficial transient bacteria generally lacking in people consuming a standard Western diet while universally present in people consuming traditional plant-based diets. Supports intestinal barrier function. Reduces translocation of gut bacteria. Antagonizes C. difficile. Supports normal microflora in people with irritable bowel syndrome. Plantarum was many years ago, a major part of people’s diet (found in sauerkraut etc.)
L. casei has been found to have protective activity against pathogenic listeria bacteria. Lactobacillus casei beneficially modulates innate immune responses. Increases the number of intestinal IgA-producing cells. Antagonizes Helicobacter pylori. Decreases cytokine secretion. Inhibits E. coli adherence to intestinal cells. Decreases Shigella-mediated inflammation.
Super-High acid tolerance. Ferments inulin and phleins and produces high levels of lactic acid. Antagonizes C. difficile and staphylococcus aureus as well as other pathogens. Contributes to a healthy vaginal microflora.
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