I had jock itch for about a year and a half, the most maddening experience of my life. I tried the creams, sprays, powders, butt paste, candida pills, etc. -- nothing worked. It was the same every time, some glimmer of hope at first, then it would seem to become immune and get worse.
I would read around and try some of the home remedies, some people live for years and years like this, just accepting it and living symbiotically with a weird organism feeding on them. No way I was doing that, anything that can get on your skin, make it raw, and then make you want to damage your own skin even more by scratching so it can take over more of you is way creepy to me. And to top it off, those creams and the urge to scratch your greasy crotch and butt are so disgusting. I was not giving up.
What worked for me you ask? Calamine lotion. Growing up in the Midwest I had plenty of encounters with poison ivy and remembered this miracle cure against itchy rashes as a kid. I thought what the hell, I already wish I were dead instead of living with this disgusting organism on my skin.
I bought the drug store brand spray-can that contains an analgesic but am sure any brand of the same thing would do. Man it burned like scorched earth when I sprayed it on, even worse than the Tinactin, but I would endure that feeling every hour of every day than live with that nasty stuff growing and feeding on me. The Calamine takes away the itch after a while like the other stuff but this continues to have a dull pain, which again is welcome to the maddening, itchy feeling from before.
I used it pretty liberally. Anyone that has used Calamine lotion knows that it forms a dry, crusty patch wherever you apply to your skin. I can confirm that in my case the fungus definitely died after a few days but I keep applying it even after a week now. I am waiting for my skin to fully heal before I stop treatment. I really can’t see how this wouldn’t kill just about any fungus infection as it creates such a dry and hostile environment on the skin.
If anyone else goes this route, I would recommend keeping activities to a minimum in the first few days to minimize friction and moisture and be sure that the lotion is available at all times. Spray at least three times a day. If there is even a hint of an itch, re-spray the itchy area.
Anyway no matter what, never give up! Kill that stuff with whatever it takes, as long as it takes, and don’t succumb to some disgusting organism feeding on your body. It diminishes your quality of life and keeps you from doing things you would otherwise do as a person and a man.