Athlete's Foot Natural Remedies
Did you know that athlete's foot has nothing to do with athletes? Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that affects the feet which is also referred to as tinea pedis or ring worm of the feet. The Trichophyton rubrum fungus is the cause for the itching, redness, scaling and cracking of athlete's foot. This fungus can also spread to the scalp causing loss of hair as well as red, round scaly patches on the body. It can also infect the groin causing jock itch which results in itching and thickening of the skin.
This is a very common fungal infection that affects more men than women. It is assumed that the reason for this is that men usually wear heavy and close fitted shoes and boots. This create an haven for fungus which loves dark, hot and moist settings. Athlete's foot fungus is everywhere and it is not only in locker rooms as many believed. Anywhere moisture is, fungus is present.
It appears as if some individuals are intrinsically more likely to suffer from athlete's foot than others. It is just like some people are more prone to having ailments such as dandruff, asthma, eczema, hay fever, allergy and sinusitis more than others. No one really knows why some people are more susceptible than others when it come to these conditions. However, there are natural remedies that
can can take care of athlete's foot.
In severe cases of athlete's foot there are blisters on the bottom of the feet, cracks between the toes that produce some type of liquid. These conditions can attract other infections which can affect the toe nails causing them to be dark and thick. Treatment is very necessary before it spreads to other parts of the body. Some of the home remedies that can help are, avoiding moister, always dry between the toes, wash feet two times per day, go bare-feet when at home or wear sandals, change socks (cotton or wool) three times per week, wear slippers in shower, put your shoes in the sun for a while and be persistent with medications to heal this ailment.
Anti fungal preparations are always the key. Herbs such as ginger root, garlic, sage and tea tree oil can be used to treat athlete's foot. Also coconut oil, olive oil and pine oil are also good natural remedies. In addition making a strong black tea by using six black tea bags in one quart of hot water and then soaking feet in that tea can be very effective.
Put crushed garlic in cotton or wool socks and wear them at nights. Garlic is a powerful antibiotic and will help to alleviate the fungus.
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