I received this question by email, and thought it would make a great topic to comment on.
Here's the question.
"Hi my boyfriend has jock itch, will the tea tree oil be able to help him with this condition and if it is how should he use it.
Thank you for your help I really appreciate any advice you might be able to provide.
This was my reply to a great personal care question, and perhaps it will help your situation as well.
I don't know if tea tree oil will help, but it might. To find out, buy your boyfriend your favorite body wash, or his, and add one or two teaspoons of tea tree oil for every thirty two ounces of body wash, make sure he washes the area at least once a day with the body wash while taking a shower or bath.
It's great for reducing the bacteria that cause body odor as well, and I have heard some people need less deodorant, or even none at all when using a tea tree oil body wash.
Tea tree oil has shown itself a real help in controlling some yeasts, fungus, and bacteria. In fact, the usual cause of jock itch is tinea, a germ that can also cause nail fungus, and athletes foot.
Don't expect your itch to go away overnight, even with prescription or over the counter medicines, creams, or lotions. They all take time, some several weeks to several months to get the fungus under control. It may be just one more possibility, but tea tree oil for jock itch might for some folks.
There are some nutritional supplements as well that may help your body to fight off the infection. Look into herbs like oregano oil, pau d'arco ( also known as taheebo), and garlic. Ask a local health food store for more recommendations as well.
Anyone who has suffered with a persistent or chronic itch may have an answer to help you as well.
Have you ever tried tea tree oil for jock itch? I've included a place here to add your suggestions, stories, and tales of the trials, tribulations, and successes you've had. Why not add yours, and become part of the conversation? Stories might include when you first thought of using tea tree oil for jock itch, when you noticed it, how it has affected your life, and any humorous tales you or your significant other can tell about it.
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