Athlete’s foot is a fungal disease which occurs when a person comes in contact with surfaces contaminated with Tinea fungus. It is a contagious disease, so it also spreads if a person comes in direct contact with an infected person. Athlete’s foot usually causes itching, scaling, flaking, and sometimes blistering of the affected areas. Damp and moist conditions help in boosting the fungus’s growth. These are home remedies which may not always help to cure the disease entirely. Be sure to consult our doctor if you feel that the situation is out of your control. Follow the treatment given by the doctor strictly to prevent the disease from occurring in the future. Athlete’s foot can be easily treated at home.
Here Are Some Tips Which Can Be Useful
1. Bicarbonate Soda Paste
Apply a paste of water mixed with 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate soda to your feet and wash with it thoroughly. Repeat it one more time and then dry your feet and apply talcum powder to it.
2. Creams Ointments Gels And Sprays
Look out for creams, ointments, gels and sprays which contain miconazole or clotrimazole and apply them on your feet 2 or 3 times a day. Miconazole, clotrimazole, tolnaftate, and terbinafine are non-prescriptive medicines and can be easily purchased from chemists.
3. Salt Water Soaking
Soaking your feet in warm salt water can help to heal the skin and prevent it from peeling. Soak your feet for 5-10 minutes every day. Add 2 teaspoon of salt to 500 ml of warm water to make this concoction.
4. Mustard Oil Or Powder
Mustard helps to kill the fungus. Add a few drops of mustard oil in water and soak your feet for half an hour.
5. Apply Anti-Fungal Powders
Apply anti-fungal powder to your feet after cleaning your feet thoroughly. Desenex, Daktarin, Lotrimin AF, etc. are some anti-fungal powders which can cure Athlete’s foot.
6. Tea Bath
Tea contains tannic acid which is a natural astringent and helps to prevent sweaty feet. Add 5 tea bags in boiling water and keep them for 5 minutes. Allow the water to cool down and then soak your feet in the water for around half an hour.
7. Treat Offbeat
Applying garlic powder, surgical spirit, raw honey or cider vinegar is claimed to have kept the fungal growth in check.
Yoghurt contains acidophilus bacteria which are also known for preventing the fungal growth. It will also help to softens the skin and reduce itching and scaling of the skin.
9. Potassium Permanganate
Potassium permanganate is an oxidizing agent and help to soften the skin and is a good alternative for anti-fungal medicines.
10. Australian Tea-Tree Oil
Australian tea tree oil is antiseptic in nature and helps to kill the fungus. Mix the tea oil with olive oil in equal quantities to create a concoction which can be then applied to your feet. Olive oil softens the skin and tea oil kills the fungus.
11. Tea Tree Oil With Aloe Gel
Make this preparation in 3:1 ratio (3 for tea-tree oil and 1 for aloe gel). Apply this preparation to your feet at regular intervals for about 6 to 8 weeks.
12. Lavender Oil
Applying lavender oil mixed with any vegetable oil helps to soothe and cure Athlete’s foot.
13. Boric Acid, Epsom Salt And Vinegar
Mix 1 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup Epsom salt and 3 tbsp. boric acid in a in hot water and apply it to your feet.
14. Wash Your Feet
One of the most basic ways of preventing Athlete’s foot is to wash your feet at regular interval whenever you get a chance. This can help wash out the fungus immediately before it starts growing.