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Athlete's Foot Treatments: Natural Food Cure And Coconut Oil Treatments
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that most commonly infects the foot but can be found anywhere on the body. Symptoms include stinging, itching, a scaly rash, cracks, blisters and splits in the skin.
The most common type of treatment is the application of topical creams and lotions. However, the best treatment is always prevention. It is possible to prevent the fungus from ever occurring by making simple changes to your diet. Most people believe that walking on a fungus infected surface will lead to an athlete’s foot infection. The truth is that it depends upon the health of the individual exposed.
Individuals who avoid nutrient depleted, calorie dense foods and consume healthy foods will create a rich environment of intestinal flora which will prevents the candida overgrowth responsible for athlete’s foot. Taking antibiotics destroys intestinal flora and leads to rapid candida overgrowth. When taking antibiotics always supplement with a probiotic supplement and consume plenty of plain yogurt high in bacteria culture. Add fresh fruit and sweeten with honey for flavor.
Foods to eat in moderation include breads, baked goods and other foods containing yeast. Foods to avoid include fast food, processed and refined foods. Foods that promote a healthy intestinal environment favorable to the cultivation of intestinal flora include fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy oils, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
There are four effective natural topical treatments for athlete’s foot available at health stores:
1) Acidophilus powder is a potent probiotic powder which creates an environment in which funguses are unable to thrive. Sprinkle a small amount between toes and into socks twice daily. Before applying powder to feet, wash and dry them thoroughly. Always wash towel used to dry the infected area immediately after use. If hands touch feet while drying wash them well with soap afterwards.
2) Coconut oil has powerful anti-fungal properties and provides a layer of protection for the skin. It is an effective moisturizer that can be used to replace other foot lotions on a long term basis. Thoroughly massage into infected area once daily. Always wash hands well after touching feet. Once the fungus has been eliminated it is a good idea to sprinkle aluminum free baking soda on feet to keep them dry during the day. Swallowing a couple teaspoons of coconut oil daily is a great way to prevent athlete’s foot from returning in the future.
3) Tea Tree Oil tests have confirmed that tea tree oil is effective in killing the tinea pedis fungus and at reducing the scaly, red rash caused by the fungus.
4) Apple Cider Vinegar changes the pH of the skin creating an environment in which the fungus cannot thrive. It can be applied to infected areas using balls of cotton or can be added to a bowl of water and used as a foot bath. One part warm water to one part apple cider vinegar is most effective.