Home remedies for Athletes Foot
Though not a life-threatening condition, Athletes Foot can be a troublesome issue to deal with after removing your footwear at the end of a long day of work or play. Whether you are a construction worker, investment banker, or in fact an athlete the sensation of burning, itchy feet can cause irritation and frustration as you desperately search for relief while rubbing your soles on your lounge carpet, door frames or even a patch of rough grass in your garden. Thankfully, there are quite a number of home remedies which can help sooth your aching feet and get rid of the fungus that causes Athletes Foot, ensuring a stress-free rest after your long day.
Tea tree oil is known to have antibacterial and antifungal properties, which makes it an excellent weapon as it helps to significantly relieve irritation between the toes and may even cure Athletes Foot. A study found that the oil is more effective at killing fungi than several other antifungal agents that were tested. To apply, simply add a few drops in to some coconut or olive oil and rub it on your feet.
A foot soak using fresh Garlic can also help to alleviate Athletes foot because it is known to be effective against some fungi and bacteria. Simply crush three to four cloves of Garlic in warm water and soak your feet for 30 minutes, twice a day, for 7 days. The only downside to this remedy is the lasting smell of Garlic left on the skin. (vampires beware!)
Another common household item is baking soda, which has actually been found to have antifungal properties when used on the skin; just mix half a cup of baking soda in a large bucket of warm water and soak feet for 15 to 20 minutes, twice a day. Remember to dry your feet thoroughly but do not rinse. I repeat, do not rinse!
A recent study has found that Peroxide mixed with Iodine kills 16 different types of fungi! Although these two are more commonly used to disinfect cuts and wounds they are also majorly effective in fighting the scourge of Athletes Foot; mix Iodine solution and Hydrogen Peroxide in a bucket or large bowl. Dip feet directly in to the solution or apply to affected areas using a cotton pad. Be warned – undiluted iodine applied directly on to the skin can cause damage while Peroxide will bleach hair and fabrics.
If home remedies do not work, meaning the problem persists for more than two weeks, consult your doctor regarding further treatment.
By : Warren Lee Nair