Also known as Ringworm of the feet or Tinea Pedis, athlete’s foot is defined as a fungal infection. The moist environment in locker rooms encourages the growth of the fungus and therefore it is assumed to be found there. However, anyone can acquire it.
Athlete’s foot may not really be a severe problem, but it is certainly a nuisance nevertheless. With home remedies, you can get rid of the problem and enjoy fungal free feet.
Athlete’s Foot Home Remedies
Garlic helps to reduce the growth of fungus and also treats the foot in a safe and reliable way by fighting the infection, reducing swelling and healing the foot. You can apply paste of the garlic on the area too.
For absorbing excess moisture, cornstarch can be rubbed on the feet. Lightly brown cornstarch is more effective because it has less moisture. It can be made at home by placing a baking sheet sprinkled with cornstarch into a 325 (F) oven for several minutes.
Athlete’s feet spores can be killed with the aid of a paste made by mixing mashed garlic, cornstarch and olive oil. Better results can be obtained if this mixture is placed on the feet for 15 to 30 minutes. What cornstarch does here is that it prevents the infection from spreading further, while drying up the existing infected area.
The infection can be cleared out by mixing a cup of vinegar and 2 quarts of water and soaking the feet in it for 15 to 30 minutes. Areas suffering from athlete’s foot can also be applied with a solution formed with equal parts of water and vinegar.
However, if the skin has become raw because of infection, this remedy can cause pain. An equally effective remedy is using ethyl alcohol and apple cider vinegar. The solution kills the fungus that causes the bacteria and prevents it from regrowth.
Tea Tree Oil
One of the most effective remedies for athlete’s foot is tea tree oil because it possesses anti-fungal properties. The affected areas can be applied with few drops of oil, but to prevent spreading of the infection one should wash the hands after each application. For two weeks, this should be done thrice a day.
Tea tree oil has healing properties too that helps the region to recuperate, while getting rid of stubborn marks caused because of the infection too. However, if the infection has open areas, avoid direct application of the oil. You can dilute the same in such cases.
Boric Acid And Epsom Salt
Make a foot-bath by mixing three tablespoon boric acid and a fourth cup Epsom salt. For 15 to 20 minutes, soak the feet in it for clearing the infection. A bit of vinegar can also be added to this foot bath. Boric acid too works like cornstarch in drying up the fungal spread.
It kills the fungus and helps the wounded or affected area to dry up much faster. Dark, warm and moist environments are preferred by athlete’s foot fungus. Keeping your feet as dry as possible is the whole point of all the remedies. Fungal growth is maximum in humid environments and boric acid with salts help it get stay dryer.
Grape Fruit Seed Extract
This can fight off athlete’s foot because it has anti-fungal properties. The feet should be rubbed with a few drops of grapefruit seed oil thrice a day. Socks can also be disinfected by adding a few drops to the washing machine for preventing the infection from spreading.
For avoiding more contamination, hands should be washed after they have touched areas that are affected by athlete’s foot. This anti-fungal and natural remedy doesn’t let the infection spread further.
The area between your toes should be dried out after bathing or swimming. Shoes that enable your feet to breathe should be used instead of those that trap moisture. Before wearing the shoes again, they should be aired out for 24 hours.
Cotton socks should be worn indoors instead of shoes as they absorb moisture. For avoiding excessive moisture accumulation near your feet, the socks should be changed twice in a day.
Comprising of live acidophilus, yogurt is one of the greatest fungus fighting foods present in your fridge. As long as there is active bacteria in yogurt, the flavor isn’t of importance. A seal can be found on commercial yogurts with live culture. It is essential to have live culture.
Oral and vaginal yeast is controlled by acidophilus, but it can fight off other bacteria as well. Yogurt can be consumed in the diet, while it can be applied on the affected area too.
The required ingredients include 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of thyme extract, 2 cups (480 ml) of witch hazel extract, 1 cup (240 ml) of organic, raw cider vinegar, 1/2 cup (120 ml) each hydrosols: tea tree, camphor, thyme and cinnamon, 2 ounces of dried chaparral and 1 cup (240 ml) of 100% proof vodka.
Witch hazel, vodka and apple cider vinegar should be poured over the chaparral until it is fully covered. Combine all these ingredients by shaking the jar properly after covering its lid. Shake the jar at least once or twice daily and place it near sunny window or another warm place. Keep it steeped for 2 to 6 weeks.
A fine mesh and cheese-cloth lined sieve should be used for straining it and then use it. This home spray prevents fungal growth and also heals the infected area. Furthermore, it has recuperating properties, which helps the skin get back to healthy in almost no time.
Salt And Warm Water Soak
Warm salt water should be used for soaking your feet for 10 minutes. For every cup of water, there should be 1 teaspoon salt. Some baking soda should be dabbed between the toes after they have been dried. Salt has been known to reduce swelling caused because of the infection, while also healing the area.
It does not allow the bacteria to growth further. You should try and use warm water because it provides relief from swelling too and cleans the area well. Remember to dry the feet well, post this bath.