How to Cure Athletes Foot at Home Naturally
Plantar hyperhidrosis provides an apt environment for bacteria and fungus to breed giving rise to various infections. It can also cause athlete’s foot, other fungal infections, and blisters. Athlete’s foot symptoms can be managed effectively with natural remedies.
What is Athletes Foot?
Fungus can either be single-celled or multi-cellular organisms that can cause skin infections. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection involving the feet. The medical term used for this is tinea pedis. Fungal infections of the feet are often contagious in nature.
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Symptoms of Athletes Foot That Can be Cured by Natural Treatments:
– Red, scaly patches with blisters or scab.
– Burning sensation.
– Stinging and itchiness.
– Excessive dryness in the soles of the feet.
Natural Treatments Cure Athletes Foot Caused by:
– Warm, humid weather conditions.
– Excess perspiration.
– Excess weight.
– Constant contact with water (swimming for example).
Types of Athletes Foot:
Chronic interdigital athlete’s foot is a common form occurring in the web spaces of the toes.
Chronic scaly athlete’s foot causes fine, silvery scaling of skin underneath the foot.
Acute vesicular athlete’s foot cause sudden onset of blisters either on top or under the foot.
Antifungal creams and lotions are often prescribed to treat this condition. Keeping the feet clean and dry and dusting with medicated powder to prevent excess perspiration is recommended. A medicated cleansing wash may help to reduce itching and dryness.
Natural Treatments That Can Cure Athletes Foot:
– Soak feet in warm salt water for half an hour and dry the feet thoroughly. Exfoliate feet to remove any dead cells which can breed bacteria and fungus. Dust the soles of feet with equal amounts of baking soda and cornstarch regularly to prevent excessive perspiration. Excess sweat is also known to cause athletes feet.
Avoid wearing footwear made of synthetic material as it encourages excessive perspiration. In warm conditions air the footwear in a sunny, well-ventilated place often. Wear socks made of cotton or other natural fibers that allows the skin to breathe and soak excess sweat. Change socks every day.
– Neem has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. A few drops of organic neem oil can be used as a topical treatment for athlete’s foot. Alternatively a foot bath can be prepared by soaking a handful of neem leaves in boiled water for 10 min. Soak the feet in this water for 20 min for fungal infection relief.
– Apply pure organic honey on the fungal areas. Honey inhibits the growth of microorganisms and helps curing fungal infections effectively.
– Raw garlic can help to kill the fungus causing athlete’s foot. Crush a few garlic cloves and set aside for 5 min for the release of allicin, an active component of garlic that acts as antifungal and antibacterial agent. Apply the crushed pieces on the infected areas.
– Make black tea from 5 bags of tea in 4 cups of boiling water. Remove the tea bags and rip it open so the leaves are let loose in the water. Soak feet in this for 30 min to treat athlete’s foot conditions. Tannin acid found in tea acts as a natural antiperspirant with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
– Add 40 drops of tea tree oil to tub water and soak feet for 10 min. Dry the feet thoroughly making sure to wipe off any moisture in between toes. Apply a few drops of tea tree oil directly on the infected area to reduce infection. Tea tree oil has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
– Combine ½ cup of brown vinegar with 2 tbsp sea salt and add to the water used to soak your feet. Apple cider vinegar has anti-fungal properties.
– Cinnamon spice has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Bring 1 cup of water to boil, add 5 broken sticks of cinnamon, and simmer for 5 min. Remove from flame and steep for 45 min. Add this solution to the foot bath and soak feet for 10 min to resolve feet fungal infections gradually.
Put your best foot forward. Treat foot infections immediately using home remedies. If symptoms are recurrent or not relieved by natural treatment methods, seek professional help for effective management.
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