Athlete’s foot also known as tinea pedis is a common skin infection caused by a fungus which lives in small numbers naturally on the skin along with some bacteria. The fungi known as dermatophytes feed on other organisms in order to survive and the feet provide a dark, warm and humid environment which is ideal for the fungi in which to thrive and flourish. The fungi breed in warm places like shower rooms, swimming pools and changing rooms and any one walking barefoot in these places can easily become infected.
The infection manifests itself in the form of a red, itchy and scaly rash which mostly appears in the spaces between the toes. The skin becomes dry and begins to crack and flake, exposing the raw tissue underneath. Oozing blisters may appear on the side of the feet and around the soles and cause intense burning and stinging. The infection can also spread to the toenails causing them to become discolored and brittle.
Easy Remedies For Athlete’s Foot
Boil a pan of water and add a handful of neem leaves to it. Continue boiling on a low heat for five minutes then turn off the heat. Cool the water a little and pour it into a basin.
Soak your feet in this water for twenty to thirty minutes or until the water turns tepid. Wipe your feet and dry them well after the soak. Use the soak two or three times daily to get rid of the infection rapidly.
Tea Tree Oil
Take some tea tree oil and dip a cotton swab into it. Swab all the affected and itchy areas with it, three times regularly until you are completely cured of the infection.
The powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil will soon take care of the infection and will prevent the infection from spreading to the parts of the foot as well as prevent the bacteria from infecting the exposed tissues.
Athlete’s foot can cause agonizing pain and can be equally embarrassing as the scaling patterns on the side of the foot and around the soles appear extremely unsightly.
Grind a few cloves of garlic to a fine paste. Smear the paste all over the affected area and keep it for as long as possible then wash it off with warm water. Apply the paste two or three times till the infection has cleared off.
Take one tablespoon of white vinegar and mix some salt with it. Dip a cotton ball into this solution and dab it all over the rashes for five minutes. Allow the solution to dry. Apply frequently and keep it overnight. White vinegar will eradicate the fungus and will also bring relief in the itching and burning.
Wash your feet with a mild soap and warm water and dry them well. Rub coconut oil all over your feet and in between the toes. The antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial properties of coconut oil will swiftly deal with the fungus and will reduce the itching and burning considerably. Apply as frequently as you want.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.