Natural Ways to treat Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s Foot doesn’t just affect athlete’s and can be treated at home without the need to pay out for expensive medication.
Athlete’s foot is a very common fungal infection that affects the feet. It is easily treatable with medication you can purchase at a pharmacy, or with all natural treatments, that you can easily get your hands on at home; however, just because you have treated it once, does not mean that it cannot come back.
It is important to know exactly what you are dealing with, to ensure that you are treating it correctly. Common symptoms of athlete’s foot include; itchy white patches between your toes; red, sore, and flaky patches on your feet; and skin that might become cracked and bleed. It should also be noted that it can also affect the soles, or the sides of your feet, and it is important to treat the symptoms promptly, as if left, it can spread to your toenails and cause a fungal nail infection, which can take a lot longer to treat and heal.
Athlete’s foot can normally be treated without medical intervention; however, you should see your doctor, if the treatments that you have been trying have not worked, if you are in a lot of pain or discomfort, if your foot is red, hot and painful, as this could be a sign of a more serious infection. This is because problems with your feet can be more serious if you have been diagnosed with this condition, or if you have a weakened immune system, for example, if you have had an organ transplant, or you are having chemotherapy.
Like we previously said though, there are a number of different natural treatments that you can try at home. Below are just some of the best ones.
Tea tree oil:
Tea tree has great antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it a great treatment for athlete’s foot. Studies have backed this up as well, showing that tea tree oil works significantly better than a lot of conventional treatments.
Just with a lot of essential oils, it is important that you take care when using it, as it can cause skin irritation. It is important that you use a few drops of a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil, before rubbing it onto your skin. Do not use undiluted tea tree oil directly onto your skin.
Garlic is commonly used in natural medicine, and has numerous health benefits. Research has also suggested though that it can help to fight against some forms of fungi and bacteria. The same research has shown that garlic is effective at killing a variety of different germs.
An easy way to treat athlete’s foot is by creating your own garlic foot soak. Simply crush between three and four garlic cloves, before stirring them into a foot bath of warm water. Soak your feet in this water for approximately 30 minutes, before ensuring they are completely dry. Use this foot soak twice a day, for up to one week to see results.
Please note though, that this is not the best treatment for somebody with a sensitive nose however; as the garlic can leave quite a strong smell on your skin.
Hydrogen peroxide and iodine:
These are both commonly used to disinfect cuts, and wounds, as well as used to kill germs that can be found on the skin. Studies have suggested that when you combine both hydrogen peroxide with iodine, they can kill 16 different types of fungi. They are both more effective when used together; compared to on their own.
This is a very easy remedy to use at home as well. Simply mix both the hydrogen peroxide and the iodine solution into a large bowl, and place the feet directly into the solution. Alternatively, you can use a cotton pad into the solution before applying it to the affected areas.
It should be noted that you should not use iodine on the skin without diluting it first, because it can damage the skin. Hydrogen peroxide might also cause skin the skin as well, particularly if it is broken or irritated, and both can bleach or stain fabrics, so care should be taken when using them.
Use a hair dryer and some talc powder:
Any fungi has to have the right environment for them to be able to grow and thrive, so by making some simple changes to the way in which you care for your feet, can change this ideal environment, to one that is not so good for the fungi.
Getting rid of any moisture that you have on your feet, with paying particular attention to the area between the toes will help to keep the fungus from spreading and worsening. There are a number of ways that you remove moisture from your feet. Obviously it has to start by thoroughly drying them after you have taken a bath or shower. This should be done with a hair dryer to ensure that no moisture remains. When your feet are completely dry, sprinkle them with talcum powder, which will help to absorb any sweat, and keep the feet dry.
Wearing the right type of socks are important as well, and you should aim to wear some that absorb moisture away from the skin, which can then help to keep the feet dry. Wool, bamboo and synthetic wicking fabric are all great materials to wear.
You should also aim to change your socks at least once a day, but especially when they are sweaty or damp. In warmer months, try and wear open shoes or sandals, which will help to increase the air to the feet.
Baking soda, is a really effective, but natural way to help cure athlete’s foot. Studies have suggested that baking soda actually has antifungal abilities when they are applied to the skin.
You can easily make a baking soda foot soak, by mixing half a cup of baking soda into a large bucket of warm water. Soak your feet for at least fifteen to twenty minutes twice a day, until the problem is resolved. Dry your feet thoroughly, but do not rinse them after you take them out of the bucket.