Athlete’s Foot, the common name for Tinea Pedis, is a type of fungal infection that results in itchiness, scaly skin, and patches in the toes, dryness in the sides or bottom of foot, and ragged toenails.
The fungus needs damp environment to thrive in and men’s feet (since the condition is more common in men than in women) with tight shoes on throughout the day provide the congenial environment.
Here Are 7 Best Ways To Not Only Treat Athlete’s Foot But Also Prevent It From Recurring:
Rub Cornstarch On Your Foot
Cornstarch would absorb the moisture from your feet and diminish the ideal conditions for the virus to thrive in. Browning the cornstarch is even a better option as it expels erstwhile present moisture from the cornstarch. You can prepare your homemade cornstarch foot cream in few simple steps.
Take 1/2 cup cornstarch and put it in the oven plate. Pre-heat the oven ( to about 325 degree). Bake the cornstarch till it turns light brownish in color. You can also heat the cornstarch over stove stirring it continuously. Do not let the cornstarch burn though. Let it cool for sometime and rub it on toes and feet. Let the cream be there for at least 10 minutes. Rub it off with clean towel and wash hands off completely.
Baking soda has a reputation to kill bacteria as well as fungi that cause Athlete’s Foot. You can simply spray baking soda in your shoes prior to wearing or make a baking soda paste for the purpose. To prepare the paste you will have to mix baking soda and water in the ratio of 3:1. Let it turn into thick paste.
Rub the paste on your feet as well as toes in gentle circular motion. Let the paste dry up on your feet. Once it dries, wash your feet in cold water and dry them up in open.
Simply apply some calendula on your feet especially the affected area to get rid of symptoms of Athlete’s Foot. Calendula or marigold has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that alleviate the rashes, itchiness and burning sensation on your feet. Its antifungal properties keep fungal infections at bay. Calendula ointment and cream is easily available in most health food stores. Otherwise, you can make one right at home.
Take about 15 calendula flowers (both petals and stamens) and put them in melted lard. Leave it in warm place for the entire night. Next morning, strain the mixture and press out additional juices from calendula petals using the back portion of teaspoon. Put the mixture into a jar and apply it everyday to your feet till the infection is gone and even afterwards if you feel so.
The commercial name for PVPI i.e. Povidone-iodine – Betadine is generally used to treat wounds and prevent further spread of infection in such wounds. Being a bactericide, Betadine treats skin infections as well. Hence, Betadine treats and prevents all sorts of infections from fungi, yeast, molds, etc.
Therefore soaking your feet in Betadine solution can not only treat Athlete’s Foot but also prevent it in the future. To prepare the Betadine soak, fill a tub with warm water so that you can comfortably soak your feet in it. Add 2 caps pf Betadine solution to the water. Soak your feet in the solution at least for 20 minutes twice daily for relief from Athlete’s Foot. Dry up your feet completely before wearing shoes or socks.
You can also soak your feet in tea to treat Athlete’s Foot. Tea contains tannic acid that kills the fungi, helps in keeping the feet dry and soothes them so as to get rid of rashes and itches.
You can prepare tea soak for your feet by steeping 6 tea bags in a tub of lukewarm water. Let your feet relax in this herbal solution for at least half and hour.
Give Your Feet Some Space
The best way to keep Athlete’s Foot at bay is to let your feet breathe. For this you can be barefoot whenever you can. Also, try wearing thongs instead of shoes that would minimize the chances of air trap in between your toes. Besides, keep out of shoes made of rubber as they trap perspiration and provide ideal warm and moist environment for the virus to thrive.
During summer, let your soak up some sun. Pull out your shoes’ tongues and let them dry up in a properly ventilated and sunny area. This would not only dry up the shoes but also kill the fungi. Change shoes every alternate day if you can. Also, go for socks made from cotton or wool and other such natural fibers as they keep your feet dry.
Boost Your Immune System
To prevent Athlete’s Foot from revisiting you, you will have to improve immune system so that it fights attack from bacteria and fungus alike.
Include immune boosting foods such as red meat, broccoli and yogurt in your diet. Yogurt contains active bacteria called acidophilus that fight fungal infection. Also, include lemon in your diet.