Fungal infection: Remedies for athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that grows in warm and damp places. The fungus called tinea pedis grows between the toes, on the toe nails, on top of the feet and between the fingers. They can be seen as white and scaly patches and redness that indicate a fungus infection that results to itchiness, burning and stinging sensations.
This fungal infection usually grows in public showers and locker rooms, health clubs and indoor swimming pools and highly contagious. A person can get infected by the fungus when in direct contact with shoes or socks contaminated by the fungus, touching contaminated exercise equipment and wet floors. Athlete’s foot can also develop when wearing ill fitting shoes and the feet becomes sweaty inside.
Symptoms of athlete’s foot
- Development of a scaly red rash that are usually seen between the toes.
- Itchiness becomes worse when taking off the shoes and socks.
- Development of blisters and ulcers
- Chronic dryness and scaling on the soles and spreads to the sides of the feet
- Athlete’s foot can also affect the hands due to scratching.
Treatment for the fungal infection
- In a foot bath, add 40 drops of organic tea tree oil and then soak the feet for at least 10 minutes. After soaking, pat dry the feet and massage the affected area using the tea tree oil. Tea tree oil eliminates the heavily infested areas and prevents the spread of fungus to other areas of the body.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of Himalayan Crystal salt and ½ cup apple cider vinegar and mixed with warm water and then soak the affected feet in the solution. The solution prevents the growth of fungus. Another alternative is spraying or wiping the affected feet with this solution. Use this solution when wiping the inside part of the shoes and sandals to prevent fungus from clinging there. Himalayan crystal salt is the purest form of salt and has a high bio-energetic quality without any additives.
- Sprinkle the toes with cornstarch or baking soda before putting on socks in the morning. The cornstarch and baking soda eliminates the moisture in the area and absorbs unpleasant odor from the feet.
- Boil 4 ounces of oregano leaves in just enough water to cover the feet and then soak the feet for at least 2-3 times every day.
- Boil a cup of water and add an ounce of freshly chopped ginger, simmer it for 20 minutes, let it cool down and apply it directly to the clean feet. Ginger has anti-fungal properties that eliminate fungus in the affected area.
- Wear flip-flops when going to public pools or showers and make sure the feet are properly wiped dry after bathing or swimming.
- Trim toenails regularly since the fungal infection usually grows under long toenails.
- Avoid wearing moist or damp socks for an extended period of time.
- Use organic cotton socks since it absorbs moisture from the feet better.