9 Ways How to Treat Athlete’s Foot
Do you have an itch on your foot that you need to scratch? Is it persistent and just does not seem to go away? You might have Athlete’s Foot. Don’t worry it’s actually a common condition that inflicts young and old men alike. The main area that it affects is your foot but it can also get into the areas between the toes, the underarms and the groin area.
Symptoms are caused by a fungus called tinea pedis that thrives in a warm and moist place. Besides your body, these places include gyms, locker rooms, swimming pools and showers. Especially shared showers. If you ever step foot into a communal shower, swim in a pool or change in a locker room you can contract it.
The symptoms are usually a burning sensation followed by itching, redness and even blistering or scaling. Yeah, it’s not comfortable or pretty.
How to Prevent Athlete’s Foot
The first and foremost way how to treat Athlete’s Foot is to keep your feet dry at all times. So if you get them wet you better find a towel immediately. You can use the many powders are the market to keep the areas that are prone to it dry. It works by soaking up the sweat and perspiration to keep it dry. Try wearing cotton socks that absorb sweat and follow this by washing the socks in hot water with bleach. Use antiperspirants to stop from sweating and avoiding the whole problem.
But if you already contracted the pesky infection then there are several things you can do to get rid of it.
First off, go to your local store and look for creams or sprays that have clotrimazole or miconzala that is listed first on their ingredients. You can apply these directly to the area twice a day and see results in anywhere from a week to three weeks depending on the case. Make sure that you apply the area with the cream or spray after you shower as that is the perfect time for it to spread.
Home Remedies for Athlete’s Foot
If you decide that you want to go a more natural path and pursue a home remedy route, then there are options.
- Tea tree oil seems to be the most popular option and has been shown to be pretty effective. Start off by dropping about 40 drops into water and then putting your feet into them and soaking them for 10 minutes. Or you can apply it to a cloth and rub it on the affected area. Added benefit, it smells great. Just make sure to dry off after you are done.
- You can put some diluted alcohol on the area and let it dry it out, which helps to keep it away by getting rid of any moisture on the skin.
- Back to soaking your feet, you can put your feet in concoction of apple cider vinegar and water for about 10 minutes until your symptoms are gone. This works by utilizing the anti fungal properties in the apple cider vinegar. It will help relieve you of itching and peeling and then kill the fungus. Again if you don’t want to soak your feet the you can just dab it on with a cotton ball.
- Soak your get in a mixture of baking soda and water for around 30 minutes. Might as well hunker down and get some work done if you go this route.
- You can put on some fresh garlic on the area. If you leave it on for around a half hour you will be able to put the antibiotic effects to work. Do it once a day for a week and make sure to wash and dry your feet off after you are done.
- Grab some goldenseal and thyme and make a tea out of it and then go ahead and put your feet in once a day.
- If you are feeling especially desperate than you can try to put about two tablespoons of laundry bleach in a gallon of warm water and put your feet in for no longer than ten minutes. It has to be said that you should exercise caution when going about this method. And absolutely do not over do it.
- If you mix two teaspoons of salt to a pint of warm water and keep your feet in there for around 15 minutes you can kill the fungus and reduce the perspiration from your feet. Again dry your feet off after this.
So there you have it a solid foundation for both home remedies and an over the counter treatment for the ridiculously annoying fungus that goes by the name of Athlete’s foot.