Sick of athlete’s foot causing discomfort in your life? If you didn’t already know, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that can cause redness, itchiness, scaly and cracked skin in between or on your toes. If not treated or taken care of, athlete’s foot can continue to recur time and time again. The best way to eliminate athlete’s foot is to prevent it from coming back.
What are some natural remedies for athlete’s foot?
There are many common and natural remedies for athlete’s foot. If you find yourself with recurring infections, try some of these home remedies to alleviate and finally get rid of your infection.
- For this remedy you will need three things. The first is apple cider vinegar, next is colloidal silver (which can be found in a health store) and a moisturizer or oil of your choice. Soak feet in a mixture that is one part apple cider vinegar with four parts of water for about 20 to 30 minutes. Thoroughly dry feet. Apply a thin layer of the colloidal silver to the infected area and let that dry as well. Follow up with a moisturizer or oil to help alleviate the dryness or scaly skin you’ve been experiencing.
- Use baking soda to get rid of any moisture or dampness that can be found between the toes. This should be used after you shower. Continue to apply baking soda to the infected area for a month even after the infection is considered gone. You can even pour some baking soda into your shoes to absorb any moisture that may be left over.
- Have a hair dryer? Use it every time after you shower to remove excess moisture. If you develop this habit, this can drastically decrease your chances of getting recurring bouts of athlete’s foot.
- Make sure to only wear clean, cotton socks. Socks made out of synthetic materials do not allow the feet to breathe which can be a reason why the infection keeps recurring. Make sure to wash your socks with hot water and bleach to kill any potential bacteria and fungus. Also make sure to thoroughly dry the socks as well.
- Is the itchiness becoming unbearable? Try a tea bath. Boil about a quart of water and add then let six tea bags soak in the water. When it is cool enough soak feet in the mixture for at least 30 minutes. Tea has an ingredient known as tannic acid that will help to relieve the itchy and kill the fungus.
- Certain oils such as tea tree or sesame oils can kill the fungus of athlete’s foot as well. All you need to do is rub a layer of the oil on the problem area one to two times a day. There have been reports that athlete’s foot can clear up in a few days.
- Avoid using anti-bacterial soaps. They can be stripping and also may make athlete’s foot worse. The soap can actually cause the harmful bacteria to get worse. Instead it’s best to use a gentle cleanser for your feet.