Athlete's foot is a type of fungal infection that develops on damp and warm places. The fungus can manifest on your toenails, top of the feet, and quite commonly between the toes. You can easily identify the existence of fungus through the redness, scaly patches, and white patches on your skin. Further, the most common symptoms include stinging, burning, and itching. Here are the natural ways to treat athlete's foot.
Apple Cider Vinegar & Himalayan Crystal Salt
Get a ½ cup of organic Apple Cider Vinegar solution mixed along with warm water in a basin. Pour in 2 tablespoons of Himalayan Crystal salt into the solution. Now soak your feet in the basin for several minutes. Vinegar has impressive properties that make fungus unable to survive. It creates a highly acidic environment that is not a conducive place for fungus to live, eradicating them in the process.
If you are in a hurry, you can soak a cloth in the solution and wipe your feet down after you shower. You can also make a concentrated solution and pour it in a clean spray bottle. Similar to the previous method, spray your feet after taking your daily shower. Then wipe your feet until dry.
You can also apply the solution on your footwear. Simply wipe a soaked cloth to your sandals or inside your shoes. This will eliminate the fungus living in there.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an effective essential oil that can fight fungus. It has potent properties that can kill fungus even on heavily infested areas. It can also prevent the fungus from spreading into other areas. Here's how to treat athlete's foot using this essential oil.
- Make a foot bath and add 40 drops of organic tea tree oil.
- Soak your feet for about 10 minutes or more.
- Now dry your feet thoroughly. You can even use a hair dryer.
- Using your fingers, apply some oil directly into the affected area.
- Now gently massage that area.
Now this one is also a powerful substance you can use to fight athlete's foot. Neem Oil is so potent that it's also used as a pesticide. But you don't have to worry – neem oil is not hazardous for your skin. It is only harmful to unwanted organisms.
Wash your feet well and dry thoroughly. Pour a few drops of oil into a cotton ball then apply to the affected part.
This thing is more than just an ingredient. Garlic has an active compound called Allicin. It aggressively prevents the growth of the most common cause of athlete's foot – fungus, particularly Trichophyton rubrum.
All you have to do is to crush some garlic and place them between your toes then leave it there overnight. You can also put fresh slices (without crushing them) of garlic directly between your toes. In addition, there are garlic supplements you can take. It's also advisable to add more garlic into your daily food.
The season of oil hasn't ended yet. Another remarkable substance is oregano oil that is rich in essential oils that are highly effective in fighting against harmful organisms. The process of doing is a little different. You will be making a large tea but you won't be drinking it. You will soak your feet in it.
Make a tea in a basin with 4 ounces of oregano leaves. The water must be just enough for your entire feet to dip. Now soak your feet in the basin up to three times every day. There are claims you can use the mixture for the whole week, but it's more ideal to make it fresh daily.
Baking soda is truly impressive in terms of usage. It really has a lot of applications and one of them is athlete's foot treatment. Applying this treatment is pretty easy. You just have to sprinkle your toes with an ample amount of baking soda before you wear your socks in the morning.
Baking soda is not actually the remedy to the itch but it does its job by keeping the moisture at bay. A sweaty feet with lots of moisture is the perfect environment for fungi to grow. You can inhibit that condition from happening by using baking soda. The same ingredient is also effective in absorbing your feet's foul odor. Moreover, if you don't have baking soda you can use corn starch as an alternative.
Ginger has been proven to have lots of therapeutic benefits across different health problems. Ginger is a powerful antifungal treatment. After using, your feet will have a pleasant, spicy smell. Here's how to use ginger as treatment for athlete's foot.
- Boil 1-cup of water.
- Chop a ginger into smaller pieces
- Add the chopped pieces to the boiled water
- Simmer for around 20 minutes
- Clean and dry your feet
- Apply the solution twice daily
Sesame and Coconut Oil
Coconut oil and sesame oil also have rich antifungal properties. Applying is pretty simple. Simply clean and thoroughly dry your feet then directly apply the oil on the affected areas. You can also swab the oil with a cotton two times per day.
Another effective treatment for athlete's foot is colloidal silver. It has strong antifungal properties you can utilize against your current foot condition. Simply apply or spray to your feet and dry them. It's also advisable to spray the colloidal silver on the spots and leave it there overnight.
One problem is there are lots of low-quality colloidal silver from questionable manufacturers. Make sure you buy only high-quality products from a renowned brand.
Athlete's foot is surely an annoying condition. With all the itch and burning sensation, you will surely do absolutely anything to end it. Fortunately, there are natural ways to treat athlete's foot. And you just learned the most effective methods on how to treat it. Now you have to incorporate that knowledge and start applying it regularly.