Athlete Foot Treatment
All Natural Fungus Remedies
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.
- ECHINACEA, MARIGOLD, and MYRRH: Make a tincture with one or all of these antifungal herbs. Dab on the affected area as often as required.
- 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
Tips for preventing athlete’s foot
Since sweaty footwear is a major contributor to this problem, any athlete foot treatment should include the following tips preventing future outbreaks:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply medicated powder—such as Tinactin, Halotex, or Desenex—to your shoes before you put them on.
- Change your socks three or four times a day if your feet perspire heavily.
- 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.
- Wash your socks twice in extra-hot water.
- 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.
- 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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