Athlete’s Foot Natural Cures

by on February 10, 2012

Natural Cures for Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a very common condition that it isn’t even taken seriously by most people anymore. It sometimes just causes some itching and flaking, and scrubbing your feet with deodorizing soap usually makes those go away. But if athlete’s foot is left untreated, it can cause some pretty serious (and disgusting) symptoms. Untreated athlete’s foot can also spread to other parts of the body if you leave it alone.

What is athlete’s foot?

Everybody already knows by now that this condition isn’t for athletes only. Anyone can get it, and it’s mostly men and teenagers that are susceptible to athlete’s foot. It’s not that it’s in their genes or anything, but men and teenagers are usually the ones that wear snug footwear that don’t allow any air in. This doesn’t mean that women can’t get it either. It really depends on the footwear you choose. At any rate, since we can’t exactly avoid getting our feet wet or sweaty, the lack of fresh air and the moisture make for a perfect breeding ground for fungus that causes athlete’s foot.

Symptoms of athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot can spread to other parts of the body through direct contact, so the following symptoms for this condition can show up on any part of your body.

  • Very dry skin
  • Flaking skin
  • A burning, itching sensation on the skin
  • Unnatural, very obvious skin peeling
  • Redness and blisters
  • Cracking, sometimes bleeding skin

How to prevent athlete’s foot

Since moisture and the lack of air on your feet make it a perfect breeding ground for the fungus that causes athlete’s foot, the solutions are obvious. Make sure your feet are dry and clean before you slip into those leather shoes. Opt for shoes that let air flow freely through your feet as much as possible, especially for when you go to the gym or the running park.

We really can’t avoid moist areas like swimming pools, saunas, or public baths sometimes. But after walking on their floors, it’s best to dry your feet and soap or even soak them in antifungal soap for a bit when you get home.

Home Remedies for athlete’s foot

Cornstarch, garlic, and olive oil. These three mixed together make a perfect solution for athlete’s foot. Mix a quart of cornstarch with one crushed clove of garlic and a teaspoon of olive oil, then mix thoroughly into a paste and apply to the affected area for 30 minutes to an hour. Wash off with warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly. You can apply this solution twice a day. You can even use it to prevent future contamination.

Yogurt. Not only does it taste good, the live bacteria counters a wide gamut of fungi as well. You can eat it or apply it directly to the athlete’s foot affected area for as long as you want, and as often as you like.

Lemons. They’ll help with the smell and the acid content of this fruit will help a great deal with your fungal infection. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice directly onto the affected area and leave it on. A few squeezes of lemon juice into the water you use for washing your shoes might also help with fungus that already made a home in there.

When the symptoms of athlete’s foot don’t appear to be reacting to your home remedies, or if the condition is getting worse, it’s always best to see a doctor. Much as it might not affect your internal organs or anything serious, athlete’s foot causes a great deal of pain when it’s bad enough.

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