I have to give a shout-out to a product I’ve found extremely valuable in the very hot summer temperatures we’re currently enduring in north Texas. It’s a little embarrassing to talk about, but since I know it’s a widespread issue, I thought I’d take the plunge.
Lawdog tells me that it’s not unknown in this area to endure up to three months or more in summer with daytime heat in the 100°F (38°C) range. For the first time in my life, I’m being troubled by ‘jock itch‘ after sweating a lot when working outdoors (pushing a mower to cut the lawn becomes a real chore in heat like that). I found that normal cornstarch powder doesn’t do anything to help. In fact, on further research, I learned that it’s actually counterproductive for such problems, because yeasty beasties like tinea cruris (or tinea pedis, commonly known as athlete’s foot, for that matter) thrive on cornstarch – it actually feeds them. Something better is needed.
After much looking around, I came across Zeasorb antifungal powder. It’s marketed in two versions, one for athlete’s foot and one for jock itch, but they’re medically identical, with the same active ingredient in the same concentration (see the labels below). They’re just differently labeled to go in different sections of a pharmacy’s shelves. It doesn’t matter which version you buy. Also, neither version contains cornstarch, which means they won’t aggravate your problem rather than cure it.
I’ve found that on Amazon.com, buying individual bottles of the athlete’s foot version is currently the cheapest option, at $6.17 apiece. Multiple-bottle ‘package deals’ actually work out more expensive per bottle. I now use this stuff regularly, and it makes a big difference. Highly recommended, if you’re having this problem – and I daresay it’ll do just as well for athlete’s foot, too. My doctor told me that if the powder alone doesn’t work, a prescription antifungal medication used in conjunction with the powder should solve the problem; but so far, I haven’t needed that. Frequent showering, followed by application of this powder, is doing the trick.
(I’m not being paid or given any other consideration to promote this stuff. I’m just glad it works for me, and I hope it does for you, too. Jock itch is no fun at all!)