Even if you avoid the gym, don’t think that you can escape from the fungal infection called athlete’s foot. Just because you no longer wade through the changing rooms at the local swimming pool, don’t think that you have nothing to be afraid of. The fungus linked to athlete’s foot particularly likes humid and warm places like your feet which are often hot and moist from sweat after a day trapped inside your shoes. If you see that you have itchy, cracked, red or hot feet then watch out!
In this article, we will outline treatments and techniques to help soothe discomfort linked to athlete’s foot. If you don’t see an improvement, start feeling too uncomfortable or would like more professional advice organise an appointment with your doctor.
1) Perfect essential oils
Thanks to it’s anti-fungal properties, tea tree oil is an excellent way to combat athlete’s food. Apply the pure oil onto affected areas or diluted. You can dilute the oil in aloe vera gel which can also help to disinfect and soothe itchiness. You can also dilute the oil with olive oil which softens the skin and encourages active absorption. It is also possible to dilute tea tree oil with sweet almond oil which can help fight skin conditions and sweating. Make sure that 70% essential oil is being used in each mixture. Repeat the process two to three times per day.
Lavender oil is another renowned anti-fungal ingredient. You can add 3 drops of this essential oil to a teaspoon of olive or almond oil or a skin cream and then massage this mixture onto the skin until the product has penetrated into the skin.
Vinegar, thanks to it’s richness in acetic acid, has antiseptic, astringent and cooling properties. You can use a padded cotton to apply the vinegar onto the affected areas but you can also take foot baths of vinegar to reduce the skin’s humidity, which is a characteristic of feet infected by athlete’s foot, as well as possible blisters.
3) Bicarbonate of soda
If your feet are burning or you are finding that they are becomine itchy you can make a paste made of water and bicarbonate of soda and rub this paste into the specific areas to relieve any discomfort. You will then need to rinse the foot and dry it carefully.
4) Foot baths
You can dip your foot into a foot bath for 5 to 10 minutes filled with warm water and a sprinkling of salt or bicarbonate of soda so that you can soothe any discomfort. Repeat this process regularly so that you can encourage your feet to recover more quickly.
Another solution is to use tea. It has astringent properties which can help combat sweating. All you need to do is to infuse five sachets of tea in a litre of boiling water for five minutes. Give you feet a foot bath for thirty minutes once the infusion has cooled to warm temperature.
You can also add a sprinkle of mustard powder or a little mustard oil into the water to combat the fungus. You can then bath your feet for 30 minutes.
You can also should to make a foot bath using walnut leaves if you are lucky to have a walnut tree in your garden. Leave 4 teaspoon of the leaves to infuse in a litre of water over night. Horsetail leaves can also be a good alternative. Use 100g per litre.
You can use natural yogurts that are not flavoured. Apply some of the yogurt onto the affected area and leave to dry over night before rinsing. The yogurt’s microorganisms are excellent at fighting fungal infections.
Garlic is seen as a traditional remedy for various complaints and infections. You can apply it onto affected areas after you have peeled, squished and finely clopped a clove. You can also put a squished clove into 250 ml of boiling water and apply this lotion onto your feet using as a compress everyday. You can also eat more garlic in your dishes and salads to complement your chosen treatment.