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Home remedy for athlete’s foot

Home remedies for athlete’s foot do exist but one is better than the rest.

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the feet that’s medical name is tinea pedis there are several options for a home remedy for athlete’s foot. Like all fungal infections, athlete’s foot likes warm moist places, so it can commonly be contracted in areas such as showers, pools and public restrooms. The best treatment for it is prevention. Keep your feet clean and dry. Always wear flips flops in wet areas, especially public areas. Tinea pedis can live for several hours without a host, namely, your feet. In warm environments, especially if your feet sweat, change your socks regularly, as often as necessary to keep your feet dry. Wear thick white cotton socks if possible to absorb sweat. Developing conscientious foot hygiene can go a long way in the prevention or re occurrence of athlete’s foot. Begin treatment as soon as you notice any itching or burning. Read on and find a home remedy for athlete’s foot that works for you.

Once contracted, athlete’s foot is difficult to get rid of and more difficult to keep gone. There are several over the counter anti-fungal creams available but many are ineffective and require repeated, long term application. It may behoove you to try a home remedy for athlete’s foot since most home remedies are less costly than medicated ointments and creams.

The most common home remedy for athlete’s foot is apple cider vinegar. Treatment consists of soaking the affected area twice a day for 20 to 30 minutes in either 100% or 50% diluted apple cider vinegar. Then rinse the area and dry thoroughly, making sure attention is spent between the toes. All socks and shoes must be treated with the same process and left to air dry before being washed with detergent and water to evacuate the vinegar. Another very popular home remedy for athlete’s foot is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is well known for its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. The oil should be mixed in a heavy emollient and the clean dry foot coated with the cream then covered for several hours. This should be done once or twice a day for several days after the symptoms and rash have disappeared. Another inexpensive but old home remedy for athlete’s foot is gentian violet. Originally marketed as an antiseptic, gentian violet has similar properties to tea tree oil, which is antibacterial and anti-fungal. Paint the affected areas with the liquid 4 times per day. Continue treatment for 3 weeks after the rash and symptoms disappear. Gentian violet will stain skin and clothing, should not be ingested and should not be used longer than 6 to 8 weeks. Should your athlete’s foot continue to reoccur, dispose of your old shoes, socks, slippers, etc. It’s possible these items are re-infecting your feet.  Funny enough tea tree oil and ACV treatment are the same things that you use for an at home cure of HPV Warts.

Home remedy for athlete’s foot

If this is the first rash you’ve experienced or the rash does not improve with treatment, consult a medical physician for a definitive diagnosis. It’s possible that what started off as athlete’s foot now has a secondary bacterial infection that may require oral medications. If you have a history of diabetes or poor circulation, consult a medical physician before attempting any over the counter or home remedy.

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