In case you didn’t know, athlete’s foot is a type of fungal infection between toes that typically exists and spreads in damp and warm environment.
Tinea pedis is the name of the fungus that expands on the toenails, on top of the foot, between toes and even between fingers. Scaly and white patches, redness and rashes are signs of the presence of this fungus.
In addition, the typical athlete’s foot symptoms are stinging sensation, itching and burning.
This fungus is often found in public locker rooms and showers, swimming pools (especially indoor pools) and health and wellness centers and it has the ability to spread very quickly.
Getting in touch with socks and shoes where this fungus dwells, wet floor or fitness equipment can lead to the emergence of athlete’s foot.
How to Prevent Athlete’s Foot?
People can protect themselves from this harmful fungus by using flip-flops when they are present in public showers or public pools and by making sure that their feet are completely dry after taking a bath or swimming. The area between the toes is crucial.
In addition, people should regularly take care of their toenails because fungus finds the area under the toenails very attractive. In case the toenails are very long they keep the moisture and shelter the fungus People should never wear sweaty and wet socks or shoes.
In case your feet are prone to sweat throughout the day, or in case you are very physically active, always keep fresh organic cotton socks close to you and simply replace the socks that you are wearing whenever you notice that they are sweaty. It turns out that cotton is able to soak up the sweat in a better way and it is very comfortable too.
It is also a good idea to wear another pair of shoes the following day in order to give room to the sweaty pair to dry and ventilate. Finally, you should also try sleeping without socks and without covering your feet with a blanket because in this way they will be dried properly and you’ll prevent the spread of fungus.
You should keep your toenails the shortest length that is comfortable for you, since the fungus can live under toenails. Toenails that are left long might retain moisture and provide a haven for the fungus You shouldn’t leave sweaty socks or shoes on any longer than you have to.
Get Rid of Fungal Infection Between Toes
As you are probably aware prevention is the best solution, but there are situations when despite our positive practices we can witness the formation of athlete’s foot. The following is a list of natural homemade remedies that can help you get rid of athlete’s foot.
1. Take a bottle of organic tea tree essential oil and add about 40 drops of it in a foot bath and keep the feet in this solution for about ten minutes. After the time has passed, dry the feet thoroughly and add a small amount of this oil on the problematic area and rub this area.
Tea tree essential oil comes with effects that will eliminate the fungus even if the infection is severe and these effects will also prevent the spreading of this disease.
2. Create a solution that consists of warm water, half a cup of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of pink Himalayan salt. Soak your feet in this mixture because it represents a highly acidic environment and fungus can’t thrive in such environment.
In addition, you can use a spray with this solution on your feet or soak a cloth in it and wipe the feet once you are done showering. In any case, remember to dry your feet completely when you are finished. It is a good idea to use a soaked cloth to wipe the interior of sandals and shoes and make the fungus stay away from these areas.
3. This remedy might make the feet stinkier, but it will also prevent and eliminate the fungus. Simply, put crushed garlic or small slices of raw garlic right between the toes and let them stay like that throughout the day.
In addition, you can use garlic to your dishes or use garlic-based supplement. You will get similar effects, but it will take longer to notice the effects.
4. People suffering from Athlete’s Foot have also found ozonated olive oil paste very useful. Apply this paste on your feet (make sure that they are dry) before bedtime and early in the morning. In this way (use swabs) you should be able to get rid of the fungus in less than 4 days.
You can also use this method to protect yourself from this fungus in the future. There are many different olive oil pastes on the market.
5. Take some organic corn starch (you can also use baking soda) and spread it on your toes before you put the sock on your feet This substance will absorb the moisture, but the itching will remain. If you use baking soda, you will also reduce the smell that usually accompanies sweaty feet.
6. Take four ounces of oregano leaves and sufficient amount of water to cover the feet to create a soothing tea. Keep your feet in this solution for a few minutes and practice this activity three times a day. Use the same solution throughout the day and make another one the following day.
7. Organic virgin coconut oil and sesame oil provide strong anti-fungal effects and they can be used directly on the affected area. Just swab them freely and evenly on your washed and dry feet with the help of a cotton ball two times a day.
8. Many people use colloidal silver in cases of athlete’s foot. You can apply it or spray it on the feet and wait until they are completely dry. In addition, you can just spray the solution before bedtime.
9. Neem oil is often used as a natural pesticide and it was proven that it can be effective for people who are dealing with athlete’s foot. Use it on washed dry feet with the help of a cotton ball in the morning.
10. Finally, you can also rely on organic giner. Using only one ounce of freshly chopped ginger placed in a cup of boiling tap water and simmered for about 15-20 minutes can do wonders for your feet. When the mixture is cooled, use it two times a day to wash the feet. Studies have shown that ginger provides powerful anti-fungal effects and on top of that, the feet will smell nicely.