Athlete Foot Treatment
All Natural Fungus Remedies

athlete's foot treatment

The best athlete foot treatment is all natural and can be easily obtained.

This skin disorder is a fungal infection which attacks the warm moist areas between the toes. Be aware that it is also very contagious and is transmitted by coming in contact with wet floors, or by touching infected shoes or socks.

Once acquired, athlete’s foot is very persistent. It can take at least four weeks to make headway against a severe case. Worse, it will return unless you find and eliminate the conditions that caused it in the first place.

So here are some herbal and home remedies for athletes foot and some tips to prevent this skin fungus from returning.

Herbs

  • ECHINACEA, MARIGOLD, and MYRRH: Make a tincture with one or all of these antifungal herbs. Dab on the affected area as often as required.



Essential Oils

  • TREE TEA OIL: A very effective way to treat athlete’s foot! Just apply with a cotton swab or cotton ball. Some people find it stings, if it does, just dilute it with a little bit of light oil. It should clear it up in a matter of days.

  • Eucalyptus, PATCHOULI, and/or lavender: Soothing and antifungal. Can be added to unscented skin lotion and applied.

Vitamins and Minerals

  • Vitamin C and ZINC: Increase intake to boost immune activity and help fight infection.

Traditional Home Remedies and Natural Solutions

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  • VINEGAR: Just apply with a cotton swab or cotton ball. This athlete foot treatment will need to be applied every morning and night for a few weeks even after symptoms disappear because fungus will come back quickly.

    You can also soak your feet in ½ cup vinegar, 2 T salt, and enough warm water to cover your feet. Dry feet thoroughly afterward using a blow dryer.

  • GARLIC: Crush or squeeze 6 cloves of garlic into a cup. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Allow active ingredients in the garlic to seep into the oil for 3 days. Strain off the garlic reduce and apply oil with a cotton swab or ball once daily for a week. (Note: If irritation occurs, stop use immediately)
  • LISTERINE: Dab on the affected and surrounding area with a cotton ball. Immediately relieves the itching and burning symptoms.

  • HYDROGEN PEROXIDE: Soak your feet in a basin of peroxide for 20-30 minutes. Do once a day for a couple of days.
  • YOGURT: Apply a little live yogurt to the area daily for its antifungal properties.
  • BAKING SODA: Take 1 tablespoon of baking soda and add a little lukewarm water. Rub the paste on your affected area, then rinse and dry thoroughly. Finish off the treatment by dusting on cornstarch or powder.
  • ASPIRIN: Dissolve about 5 aspirin in 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol and rub over your feet after showering/bathing; the aspirin will soak into the skin due to the alcohol mixture.
  • DEODORANT: Apply regular underarm antiperspirant to the feet, especially between the toes.(I would do this after my infection was cleared up as a preventative measure)

Tips for preventing athlete’s foot

athlete's foot infection Since sweaty footwear is a major contributor to this problem, any athlete foot treatment should include the following tips preventing future outbreaks:
  1. Avoid both plastic shoes and footwear that has been treated to keep water. They trap perspiration and create a warm, moist spot for the fungus to grow.
  2. Never wear tight, snug, or unventilated footwear and never wear boots all day. Whenever possible, such as during the summer, wear airy shoes such as sandals.
  3. Try to wear only natural fiber shoes, such as leather, etc. This is actually one of the best athlete foot remedies. Avoid vinyl; it doesn't breathe and traps moisture in the shoe; it also causes your feet to sweat especially between the toes and thus cause athlete foot to thrive. Canvas shoes also cause sweating and are not a good choice for athlete foot sufferers.
  4. Don't wear the same shoes two days in a row, says Dean S. Stern, D.P.M., a podiatrist at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. It takes at least 24 hours for shoes to dry out thoroughly. If your feet perspire heavily, change shoes twice a day.
  5. Dust the insides of your shoes frequently with antifungal powder or spray. Another good idea, says Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, podiatrist Neal Kramer, D.P.M., is to spray some disinfectant (such as Lysol) on a rag and use it to wipe out the insides of your shoes. That will kill off any fungus spores living there. Do this every time you take off your shoes.
  6. Give your shoes a little time in the sun to air out. Remove the laces and prop open the throat of each shoe. You should even leave sandals outdoors to dry between wearings. And wipe the undersides of their straps clean after every wearing to remove any fungi-carrying dead skin.
  7. Apply medicated powder—such as Tinactin, Halotex, or Desenex—to your shoes before you put them on.
  8. Change your socks three or four times a day if your feet perspire heavily.
  9. Wear 100% white cotton socks. They wick moisture away from your feet. Athlete's Foot and any fungus needs moisture to thrive. Nylon- blend socks allow the moisture to remain on your feet. Also colored socks absorb less than white.
  10. Wash your socks twice in extra-hot water.
  11. Keep your feet dry. Allow them to air-dry for 5 or 10 minutes after a shower before putting on your shoes and socks. To speed complete drying, hold a hair dryer about 6 inches from your foot, wiggle your toes, and dry between them. Then apply powder or cornstarch.
  12. Spray your shower and bathroom floor with a good antifungal disinfectant after each shower. (Lysol is a good choice.)

As you look for an athlete foot treatment that is going to be effective for you, don't overlook these natural remedies that you probably already have in your home.

Before resorting to chemical creams that can have negative side effects, these natural treatments for athlete's foot can provide the relief you are seeking.

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