Anyone Can Get It

It is called as Athlete’s foot because usually, most athletes get it. But anyone can get this contagious fungal infection. It is also known as tinea pedis and usually affects the skin on the feet. But sometimes it also affects toenails and even your hands. You are at risk of getting this fungus if you come in contact with any infected person or surfaces which this fungus has contaminated.

Mostly happens when you use the public swimming pool, showers or floors, especially if you walk barefoot. This fungus thrives in wet conditions and hence if you keep your feet wet for long or sometimes even sweaty feet can lead to this condition. Symptoms include itching, stinging, blisters, burning sensation, cracking and peeling of skin etc. Once diagnosed, this can mostly be treated with off the shelf medications. However, as in the case of many other fungal infections, there are many home remedies for athlete’s foot too.

Home Remedies For Athlete’s Foot

1. Saltwater Therapy

A lesser known, but very effective athlete’s foot home remedy is soaking the feet in warm water in which salt is mixed. You may use about a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water and use enough water to cover your feet, and just relax for about 10 to 15 minutes. Apart from the fact that this helps cure the infection, it also relaxes you and removes fatigue.

This remedy is also known to help ease any pain in the feet. Once done, ensure to dab your feet dry with a neat towel and stay put for a while.This can even be done in a variation by mixing about half a cup of apple cider vinegar in the warm salt water. The fungus cannot survive in the acidic conditions and hence this works in curing the infection.

2. Tea Tree Oil Soak

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Prepare a warm water foot bath by mixing a few drops of tea tree oil. Soak your feet in this for about 15 minutes or so. Remove your feet and tap dry it. It is very effective in removing the fungus infection and providing relief. Alternately, you may even choose just to massage in the tea tree oil in the affected places.

 

 

3. Garlic

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Interesting, but yes, just sticking a few pieces of crushed garlic between your feet and leaving them there for a while can help in curing athlete’s foot. It is one of the lesser known home remedies for athlete’s foot.

The only drawback in this of course is that it stinks, so you may choose just to ensure that you include garlic in your regular meals instead. Well, the choice is yours to either get quick, fast relief along with stinking feet or wait it out with a bad breath!!!!! Either way, it works well.

4. Other Oils

As we saw that tea tree oil helps relieve athlete’s foot. But there are a few other oils that help as well. Coconut oil is a well known anti fungal and anti bacterial agent. Just apply coconut oil and massage it well on your feet and leave it for a while and if possible overnight. You can then wash it off with some warm water. Continually doing this for a few days will provide significant relief.

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If you continue this therapy once for a while even after the cure, then it also helps in prevention of the infection.The same effect is seen even by using sesame oil or even neem oil. Both of them contain components that work against the fungal infection and this helps in curing the same.

Well, you may be surprised to even olive oil can also contribute to treat athlete’s foot. It can be applied as is or as a mixture along with tea tree oil to get better results. Just massage the oil on the affected area and repeat the treatment for a couple of days.

5. Cinnamon Soaks

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It appears that there are many ingredients that you can use to create a good soaking cure for athlete’s foot. Boil, a few cinnamon sticks in a few cups of water, thoroughly and then soak your feet in this blend for 20 to 30 minutes. You can then pat dry your feet. Repeat this process twice a day for a week to ten days.

6. Foods

There are many foods that you can consume that can help fight and prevent this infection. Yogurt is a known anti-bacterial which also helps in fighting fungus. Consume yogurt daily. Ensure to have as much immunity boosting foods like broccoli, ginger, garlic and red meat in your regular diet. These help build your immune system which helps in staving off the fungal infections.

7. Baking Soda And Cornstarch

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As already mentioned above, this fungus thrives in wet conditions and so if your feet are sweaty, then your chances of catching this infection as well as keeping it are more. One active athlete’s foot home remedy that you can use to get rid of your wet feet is to sprinkle some baking soda or cornstarch before you wear the socks. Both these items work wonders for keeping your feet dry by soaking all the moisture on your feet.

Since the fungus cannot survive in dry conditions, it immediately starts reducing. Use this remedy as often as needed. It can even help to minimize the smell of the socks and feet.

8. Exercise And Hygiene

Maintaining proper foot hygiene is essential in preventing and curing athlete’s foot infection. Ensure to have a well-balanced diet and top it up with some regular exercise. If you do use public swimming pools or even gym equipment and showers, ensure that you are taking proper care by wearing clean, appropriate footwear. Change your socks often if possible in case you feel they are too sweaty.

Continuously guarantee that your feet are kept dry and that your toenails are kept trimmed. This fungus even lives under the toenails, so why give it a chance? Do not share socks or shoes or towels and try to use socks and shoes made of materials that allow air circulation. Ensure to leave your feet bare for at least a while so that it can breathe properly. All these precautions can go a long way in preventing the fungal infection and also hinder any recurrence in case you already got it.