Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection caused by a type of fungi known as Trichophyton. This is mostly seen on the toe’s webs and on the sole of the feet. Athlete’s foot is a contagious skin disease characterized by scaling, itching, pain, burning sensation on the affected areas, inflammation and blisters.
Over a period of time blisters break open and expose the raw tissues, leading to swelling and severe pain. This skin infection is spread through physical contact, wearing of the infected person’s shoes, walking barefooted on infected floors, soil, swimming pools etc. If the skin infection is not treated on time, it may spread to knees, elbows, groin, underarms and even to the face. Hence, it is necessary to treat the athlete’s foot as soon as the symptoms appear.
- Keep your feet always dry and avoid wearing closed shoes, as the dark and moist area inside a closed shoe facilitate the development of athlete’s foot. Similarly, avoid polyester and nylon socks and rather wear cotton socks that can absorb the moisture and allow the skin to breath.
- Change your socks whenever they get wet and spray some organic disinfectant or antifungal powders like clotrimazole or miconazole in shoes prior to wearing, as this helps to check the fungal growth. It will be ideal to keep an extra pair of shoes, so that you can wear them alternatively.
- Boost your immune system with the help of vitamins and minerals, which help you to fight the fungal infection more effectively.
- Clean your feet daily and dry the areas in between the toes very well. You can even use a hair drier to dry the webs in between the toes. Alternatively take some astringent in cotton and wipe the crusty and infected areas in between the toes and sole of the feet.
- You can also leave the cotton on crusty areas for some time, as it helps to absorb more moisture from the foot. Then apply some antifungal topical ointments on the infected areas. Practice this two to three times a day and should be continued for two weeks after the symptoms got subsided.
- Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy for athlete’s foot. Take equal quantities of apple cider vinegar and water. This solution can be used for washing the infected areas. The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar helps to kill and ward off the fungus from the foot.
- Soaking the feet in antiseptic lotions like betadine lotion is also beneficial for treating athlete’s foot. Take one quart of warm water in a basin and add two tablespoons of betadine and mix well. Soak the affected feet in this solution and this helps to get rid of the microbes from the feet. It also checks the spread of any other bacterial infection that may happen through the wounds.
- When you are at home, try to remain bare footed to allow the foot to breathe easily and use sandals while you are in swimming pool or in any other public place.
- If you are suffering from this disease, take a well-balanced diet and avoid all processed and baked foods that contain yeast. Similarly avoid sugar, alcohol, cola drinks etc. and include more of fruits, vegetables, green leaves and garlic in your diet.
Photo Credit: Myathletesfootstory.com/cant-get-rid-of-athletes-foot-learn-how-to-do-it/