Athlete’s foot (Tines pedis) is a very common fungal skin infection that affect some part of your foot. Caused by a fungus called dermatophytes, Athlete’s foot occurs mainly between the toe fingers. The disease gets its name since athletes are more prone to be affected due to their particular lifestyle.
The main reason for this contagious skin infection is lack of personal hygiene. It affects Athletes or anyone who usually wear shoes or socks for long periods of time. The fungus thrives in warm and wet conditions. Since shoes tend to be warm and moist after using for long time, it provides the perfect background for the fungus to flourish.
Dermatophytes lives in dead skin cells. The spots between toes, soles of feet, fingernails and toenails are the most affected parts. The disease is infectious in nature and will be passed onto other people if they come into contact with infected shoes or socks. If your skin is continuously moist and if you walk bare foot constantly in damp areas, you tend to get infected by the fungus.
The most common symptoms are severe itching, burning sensation between toes, scaling, blistering etc. The good news is that there is no need to become depressed if you are infected. There are lots of effective home remedies that can cure this disease. Following are listed some of the home remedies to treat Athlete’s foot.
Topical antifungal medications are available from stores for the treatment of Athlete’s foot. But there are a number of herbal/natural/home remedies that can produce much higher percentage of healing.
Mix honey and brewer’s yeast and dress up the infected area. This should be done twice a day for effective results.
Applying tea tree oil will help in soothing the itchiness and redness. Since the oil is rich with anti-fungal properties, it will effectively fight the fungus.
Olive leaf extract is another herb that is enriched with antibiotic substances and anti fungal properties. Applying the extract will heal the infection.
Put some fresh garlic cloves in your shoes and wear the shoes all day long.
Mix equal parts white vinegar and warm water and soak your feet in it for fifteen minutes. Thoroughly dry your feet after soaking. This is a very effective home remedy that will offer quick relief from Athlete’s foot.
Soak your feet in equal parts vinegar (white or apple cider) and water for fifteen minutes twice a day. Dry your feet thoroughly after each soak. You can use apple cider vinegar also to treat infection.
Applying cornstarch on your feet before wearing socks and shoes will also help in curing and lessening the infection.
Applying a thin layer of oregano oil also helps in curing the disease.
Avoid plastic shoes or shoes made of any non-breathable materials to avoid Athlete’s foot. Since the fungus thrives in wet conditions, always keep your feet and toe dry. Thoroughly dry your feet after swimming, showering, or bathing. Always wear clean and fresh socks each time. Since the fungus thrives in sweaty and damp feet, it is important to keep your feet clean and dry.
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