Rash + Sweat – Showering = Disaster! What to do NOW

Don’t have antifungal cream? Tea-tree oil has also been shown to treat jock itch and athlete’s foot. (The brand pictured is from the company NOW Foods, but it’s just an example. I don’t advocate or vouch for any brand.) by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Someone asked in an online forum I follow what to do about jock itch in a prolonged disaster setting. Good question because, ignored, this annoying itch can turn into a devastating infection. Okay, not usually. But during a disaster, in sweaty, unsanitary conditions, the rash can get bad enough to break down the skin, allowing bacteria to get in. The result could be a painful, swollen groin. First, I’d like to set the record straight. This fungus has been stereotyped long enough. Jock itch (tinea cruris) occurs in both men and women. And since it’s the same fungus, different location, I’d like to add that athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is not just for athletes. It can torment the geekiest wimp known to man, or woman. Now what to do about it. […]