Friday, 22 August 2014

19 Best Natural Remedies to Treat Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is a common skin disorder. It's caused by a fungal infection that occurs between the toes and on the sole of the foot. It lives off the dead skin cells and flourishes in warm, moist places, such as locker rooms, gyms, swimming pools and showers. Symptoms include itching, burning, small blisters, inflammation and cracked, scaly skin between the toes. If blisters break, they will expose small raw areas of tissue that can swell and cause pain. Itching and burning may worsen as the infection spreads. Athlete's foot can migrate to the soles of the feet and the toenails. If you scratch the infection and then touch yourself elsewhere, you can infect other parts of the body such as the groin and underarms. The fungus can also be transmitted to other parts of the body from contaminated bedding, towels or clothing. Take particular care to use your own towel and not share bath mats. Here we have some best tips to cure athlete's feet.

19 Best Natural Remedies to Treat Athlete's Foot

1 . Garlic

Eat some garlic! It has antifungal properties. You can also swab the affected area with garlic juice twice a day. If your toenail appears to have the fungus, use this recipe:

Crush 1 clove garlic and mix with a few drops of olive oil to make a paste. Apply to the nail and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes, then clean off in warm, soapy water. Dry feet thoroughly. Repeat daily. Because the fungus can return, you may wish to continue this treatment for several weeks after the fungus has disappeared, just to ward off another fungal visit.

2 . Honey

Rub raw honey on the infected foot and keep it on overnight. Don't forget to wear socks to protect your bed linens.

3 . Tea tree oil

Add 40 drops of tea tree oil to a small amount of water and soak your feet in it for 10 minutes after dry feet with a towel and a hair dryer to ensure that there is no moister is present this is important because the fungus my flourish under a toe nail that has not been completely dried. Place a few drops of oil on the area.

4 . Yogurt

One of the greatest of all fungus-fighting foods in your fridge is yogurt that contains live acidophilus. The flavor isn't important as long as the yogurt contains the active bacteria. (Commercial yogurts with live culture now carry a seal indicating this; a live culture is crucial!) Acidophilus helps control vaginal and oral yeast, but it may give other fungi a pretty good fight, too. And if nothing else, it tastes good and is good for you.

5 . Olive leaves

Use olive leaves as an anti bacterial for infections. Olive Leaf Extract comes from the olive tree which manufactures its own potent antibiotic substances to fend off disease causing bacteria, fungus and parasites. Olive Leaf Extract is an excellent antiviral agent. Olive Leaf Extract may be useful for herpes, flu, bacteria, malaria, fungal and yeast infections, inflammation, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic fatigue and colds

6 . Black tea

Create a foot soak. Black tea contains tannic acid, which is a natural astringent, so steep eight tea bags in boiling water, cool to a tolerable temperature and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes twice daily. Or add two to three teaspoons of salt to lukewarm water and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Another idea is to chop three to four cloves of garlic and add to boiling water; cool to a lukewarm temperature then soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes.

7 . Olive Oil and Tea Tree Oil

The oil of the Australian tea-tree is a potent antiseptic. For a soothing, healing treatment, mix equal parts tea-tree oil with olive oil and rub the combined oils into the affected area twice a day. Olive oil helps to tenderise skin toughened by athlete's foot so that tea-tree oil is better absorbed.

8 . Himalayan Crystal salt and Apple Cider Vinegar

Soak your feet in 2 tablespoons of Himalayan Crystal salt and 1/2 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar solution mixed with some warm water. This creates a very acidic environment in which the fungus cannot live. You can also spray your feet or wipe them down with a cloth soaked in this solution after you shower, just make sure you get them completely dry afterwards. You can also wipe down the insides of shoes and sandals to help prevent the fungus from clinging there.

9 . Sesame and Raw virgin coconut oil

Sesame and Raw virgin coconut oil have anti-fungal properties and can be applied directly to the feet. Swab it liberally on clean dry feet with a cotton ball twice daily.

10 . Calendula

Calendula has been valued for centuries as a topical treatment for wounds and skin conditions, for it's antifungal and anti-inflammatory powers. Rub calendula ointment, available from pharmacies and health food shops, on the affected areas, especially between your toes.

11 . Organic Neem oil

Organic Neem oil, sometimes used as a pesticide, is another all natural oil that is toxic to harmful organisms. Apply to clean dry feet with a cotton ball before going about your business.

12 . Cinnamon

A good soak in a cinnamon tea foot bath will help slow down the fungus. Boil 8 to 10 broken cinnamon sticks in 4 cups water, then simmer for five minutes. Let steep for another 45 minutes. Soak your feet for 15 to 30 minutes. Repeat daily, as needed.

13 . Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a powerful anti-fungal and it forms a protective barrier on the skin. As a bonus, your feet will become softer and the skin more supple too. Coconut oil can also replace other foot or body lotions on an ongoing basis for anti-fungal protection and simply to reduce the number of chemicals applied to your skin.

14 . Camomile Oil

Camomile can be a very effective and soothing treatment for athlete's foot, and can be used alone or in combination with Tea tree oil. A lot of people are allergic to chamomile, so test a small drop of the oil on the skin of your arm before rubbing it all over your infected foot.

15 . Onion Juice

This remedy sounds gross but has proven to be very effective. Apply onion juice with a cotton ball or paper towel twice a day to the infected foot.

16 .  Lemon

This remedy will help you in the sweaty foot-odor department. Squeeze the juice from a lemon and mix it with 2 ounces water. Rinse your feet with the lemon water.

17 . Ginger

Ginger herb contains a compound called caprylic acid, which has proven antifungal properties. Simmer about an ounce of ginger root in a cup of boiling water and then apply it directly to the affected area of the foot at least twice a day.

18 . Licorice

Folk medicine practitioners have used licorice to treat fungal infections, notably ringworm, for centuries. This is because licorice contains the greatest number of antifungal compounds of any of the herbs. You can either add some licorice to your garlic foot bath, or boil six to seven teaspoons of dried licorice and apply it directly to the affected area.

19 . Lemongrass

Lemongrass is an excellent herb for curing fungal diseases, and drinking lemongrass tea makes a nice medicinal addition to the remedies listed above. Drink a cup of lemongrass tree three or four times a day, or apply the tea bags directly to the infected areas of the foot.