Do not be fooled by the name, you do not have to be an athlete to get athlete’s foot. However, the chance of people getting athlete’s foot in gym is high because it is typically transmitted in moist environments where people walk barefoot. Places such as showers, swimming pools and locker rooms are the common place where athlete’s foot can be transmitted. So, it is important for you to learn about this athlete’s foot and few of the natural remedies to get rid of it.
So, what exactly is athlete’s foot? Athlete’s foot, also known as Tinea Pedis, is a fungus infection cased by dermatophytes fungus. This fungus grows on the surface of the skin and then into the living skin tissue itself, causing the infection. This dry and scaly skin on the sides of the foot can become itchy.
Doctors may have topical or oral medication to keep the fungus infection in check. However, you can try few proven natural cures to get rid of athlete’s foot.
- Garlic is an excellent antibiotic and a good fungicide. Crush some garlic and apply on your feet regularly. A second method is to put some freshly crushed garlic on the affected area and leave it on for 30 minutes before you wash with water. You do not have to do it daily, once a day for a week is good enough. If the garlic burns, try again with diluted garlic juice.
- Tea Tree Oil can also be used. It is a naturally occurring antiseptic oil produced from an Australian tree. Tea tree oil stop athletes foot by soaking into the skin and killing the fungus that causes the itching and burning associated with athletes foot. Three methods are available:
- You can ether buy a product that has already mixed tea tree oil with another cream and apply it to the foot as necessary.
- Alternatively, wash your feet and dry them well. Then, apply the oil to your feet and rubbing it. Do this twice a day for a few weeks and you should see the symptoms of athletes foot go away.
- You can also put some oil in a warm foot bath and soak your feet for several minutes, 2 or 3 times a day, to achieve the same effect.
- Baking soda is another good alternative. Simply fill a bucket with warm water and mix in baking soda. Soak your feet in it for about 30 minutes before you take shower.
- If you do not have baking soda, try salt instead. Put two teaspoon of salt of warm water. Soak your fee to for about 15 minutes.
- Aloe vera gel can be used too. Rub aloe vera gel on your feet twice a day, in the morning and evening.
While you are trying one of the methods above, do the following to ensure fungus is under controlled:
- Wear open-toed sandals as they allow feet to dry.
- Keep your shoes well ventilated when you are not wearing them.
- Dry your feet thoroughly after shower.
- Change your socks often.
Say goodbye to athlete’s foot forever!
If you like this or other articles in this blog, Subscribe to MunFitnessBlog.com today. It is free.
Scroll down to leave a comment. I really want to know what you think.