Home remedies for athlete’s foot
ATHLETE’S FOOT (Tinea Pedis)
On the skin of the feet, especially between the toes, there are blisters or cracks, or both. Also, there is itching; burning; and, in extreme cases, pustules; and ulcers. As it develops, the blisters and cracks soften, turn white, and tend to peel off in flakes. In severe cases, there may be the pain. It is worse in warmer weather.
Athlete’s foot is caused by one or more of the parasitic fungi. Fungus infections are more difficult to eliminate. Any condition which keeps the feet both warm and moist can lead to this problem. By scratching the sores on foot, the disease can be spread on the hands, under the nails, and to other parts of the body.
The fungus, causing athlete’s foot, spreads rapidly when beneficial bacteria are destroyed by antibiotics, drugs, or radiation. The organisms causing it are spread from contaminated floors surrounding pools, showers, and other public places.
- Keep your feet dry.
- After bathing, dry carefully between the toes. Wear cotton socks, and change them daily (or more often, if possible). Put your shoes in the window and let the sunlight get into them somewhat. Cut raw garlic into tiny pieces and put some into your shoes. Dust your feet with garlic powder. Garlic is better than antifungal drugs!
- Try to keep your feet cool and dry. You may be able to think of ways to do this. Try to find shoes that will not make your feet sweat. Avoid rubber shoes, even the expensive ones.
- Fungi hate sunlight. When in the acute stage, try to leave your feet uncovered. Put your feet in the sunlight every so often.
- Do not walk barefoot around the house, so others will not become infected. Also, never walk barefoot in public places (public showers, locker rooms, pool decks); wear shoes or slippers.
- Apply natural anti-fungicide, such as pau d’arco and tea tree oil.
- Drink 3 cups of Pau d’arco tea daily. Also, put a strong mixture of it on your feet.
- Apply lemon juice 1-2 times a day to the area, and let it dry. Another method is to apply
- a strong tea of crushed juniper berries. Mash garlic with some oil and apply to the area.
- Add 20 drops of tea tree oil to a small tub of water, and soak your feet in it for 15 minutes, 3 times a day. Dry well afterward, and place some undiluted tea tree oil on the feet.
- Apply a baking soda paste to the area, and especially between the toes. Mix 1 tbsp. Baking soda with a little warm water, apply, then dry well, and dust feet with cornstarch powder.
- Applying overly strong applications to athlete’s foot can result in rashes breaking out on hands and elsewhere. If you have unknowingly done this: Treat the feet more gently and, as the foot infection clears, the sympathetic rashes will also.
- Bathe the feet daily in 50-50 vinegar and water. Dry well, then apply a vegetable oil to the affected area.
- Soak your foot in a mixture of 2 tsp. of salt per pint of warm water, for 5-10 minutes; dry well and repeat till the problem is solved.
- Eat a nourishing diet, and skip the processed and junk foods. Obtain vitamins A, B complex, and C.
- In case there is a pain, place cold compresses on the area.
- If the problem worsens, and pus or fever develops, see a professional.
- To help keep your feet dry, change your socks 3-4 times a day. After washing them, rinse the socks well, to get out the detergent (which the fungus likes).
- Put on clean socks before dressing; in this way, you avoid infecting the groin area.
- Boil socks to kill the fungus.
- Do not use plastic or waterproof shoes. They create a warm, moist place for fungus to breed. Never wear boots all day.
- Do not wear the same shoes 2 days in a row. This gives a pair of shoes 2 days to thoroughly dry out.
- Spray Lysol on a cloth and wipe the inside of the shoe.
- Place the shoes in the sunlight, angled toward the sun. Ultraviolet light kills the fungus.
- Useful herbs are blood root and goldenseal; use alone or together. Apply as a powder to the area.
- Crush a green plant juice, such as chickweed, plantain, Swiss chard, etc., and apply the juice to the area. Then walk about barefooted in the sun.
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