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Natural Home Remedies, Athletes Foot Symptoms And Treatment

Updated on June 28, 2013
A severe case of athlete's foot
A severe case of athlete's foot

Athlete's Foot Information And Prevention

Athlete's Foot Symptom Summary

1. Mild to severe scaling between the toes.

2. Itch

3. Red Rash

4. Blisters On The Sides of the feet and on the toes.

Understanding The Disease Process Of Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is a chronic fungal infection of the skin f the feet, especially between the toes. In medical literature it is referred to as tinea pedis.

There are three species of fungi that typically cause athlete's foot. These organisms will only survive in warm moist conditions. They live in the stratum corneum which is the outermost layer of the skin.

You should know that the fungi that causes athlete's foot are not readily infectious. They need precise conditions of warmth and moisture to be able to survive, so they can not readily spread from person to person. The body's defense against athletes foot fungus is to shed skin, faster than the skin can multiply, eventually ridding it's self of the infection. It is when the feet can not shed skin faster than the infection spreads,that treatment becomes necessary. This is especially true when the fungus causes the skin to crack, leading to painful bacteria infections, especially in people who have poor circulation to their feet.

Athlete's Foot Treatment Summary

Herbal Treatment

To Treat Athletes Foot Infection

1. Tee Tree Oil, in creams that will contain anywhere from 8 to 20 percent tea tree oil or a 40 percent solution, massaged into the feet 3-4 times daily. You'll want to use tee tree oil powders or sprays after you dry your feet.

In order to prevent secondary bacterial infections.

1. Take One 500 milligram capsule of black walnut hull daily.

2. Peppermint Foot Lotion.

3. Tee Tree Foot Lotion.

Concepts For Coping And Dealing With Athlete's Foot Infections

You will want to do the below things to make sure you don't get a reinfection of athletes foot.

1. Be sure to dry your feet thoroughly after bathing or taking a shower. Athlete's foot fungus can penetrate the skin in 3-4 days if the temperature of the feet ranges from 50 - 90 degrees and the humidity is near 100 percent.Wear cotton socks that you keep clean and keep the humidity of your feet below 80 percent and you should have no further infections of athlete's foot.

2. Remove bath mats and shower mats. If the temperature in the bathroom is at 80 degrees or more then the bath and shower mats will harbor fungi. It's very important that all mats and the bathroom floor be kept super clean and very dry. If your bathroom stays damp consider purchasing a dehumidifier to help keep your bathroom dry.

3. You should be sure to disinfect the floor of the tub and shower daily. Use a strong cleaning solution and bleach water to rid your tub or shower of athlete foot fungi.Mix your bleach solution one cup of bleach to a gallon of water to kill athletes foot fungi.

If you wear tennis shoes that can be washed you'll want to wash them at least once a week and use foot powders in your socks and shoes. If you keep the moisture down you will have far fewer problems with the athletes foot fungi.

Keeping Your Feet Clean And Dry Is The Best Defense Against Athlete's Foot

The fungus that causes Athlete's foot can not do well at all in an environment where you keep your feet clean and dry. Be sure that if you work in an area where your feet get damp and hot that you change your socks any time your feet get wet. Also buy tee tree oil powders to apply to your feet anytime you change socks. If you'll do this the Athlete's foot fungus will not be happy with your feet and your feet will get better.

Garlic Is Great For Athlete's Foot Fungus

Put two tablespoons of powdered garlic in a small tub and soak your feet in the garlic water to help get rid of the Athlete's Foot Fungus. You can also take garlic capsules to help keep your feet free of the Athlete's Foot Fungus.

In Vietnam The Military Declared War On Athlete's Foot

In Vietnam many of the soldiers had a real bad problem with Athletes foot but once extra socks were passed out and men were encouraged to air their feet out in the sun daily the soldiers problems with Athlete's foot fungus improved quickly. Soon it got to the point where men were told to pair up and inspect each others feet. Much was learned in Vietnam about Athlete's feet.

Athlete's Feet
Athlete's Feet

Athlete's Foot Information

Peppermint oil is a broad spectrum anti-fungal, although it's use in treating athlete's foot has not been studies in medical studies though Chinese Medical Practitioners have been prescribing it for years. It's use in relieving pain, however, is widely accepted. Peppermint oil stimulates the nerves that perceive cold while simultaneously depressing nerves that perceive pain. The effect of the peppermint is cooling and soothing. After the initial cooling effect, there is a period of warmth. It's net effect in treating athlete's foot is to relieve inflammation and to assist other treatments in controlling fungal infections. Don't forget to buy some tee tree foot spray if you suffer from athlete's foot fungal infections. Remember it's very important to keep your feet dry.

Tee Tree Oil relieves the symptoms of athletes foot infections, bacterial inflammation, and foot odor. Tee Tree Oil allows the skin to catch up with the fungus and eliminate it by shedding. Tee tree oil is not as effective as the anti-fungal agent tolnaftate however many people get more relief from the tee tree oil than they do from toinaftate. These patients reported relief from scaling, inflammation, itching, and burning. If you use tee tree oil and keep your feet dry you won't have any more problems with athlete's foot.

Black walnut hull has traditionally been used in baths and compresses to relieve skin inflammation of all kinds. It contains tannins that tan the skin, cross-linking keratin proteins to form a protective barrier against bacterial infections. Black walnut hull has been prescribed by Chinese Medical Practitioners for thousands of years.

You Should Keep These Things In Mind About Athlete's Foot

1. If a person in the house has Athlete's Foot be sure to wash the tub and shower with a good household cleaner and a bleach solution a couple of times a day.

2. Never wear the shoes, socks, or sandals or shower clogs of anyone that has Athlete's Foot.

3. Athlete's Foot Fungus can spread to other areas especially under your toe nails.

4. The groin is a warm moist area and Athlete's Foot can spread to that area. If you suspect it has go see your doctor.

5. You will find that personal hygiene is the most important part of taking care of Athletes Foot Fungus. If you will keep your feet dry, use foot powders and wear dry socks your problem with Athletes foot should go away.

6. Keep in mind that even with the best of conditions that it can take 45 days or longer to completely cure Athletes foot. This is why it's important in the future that you keep your feet dry and be sure to keep bath mats, shower mats and the floor of you bathroom clean and dry. The fungus that causes Athletes foot can not survive in an environment that is kept clean and dry. If your feet get wet be sure to wash them and put on foot powders and dry socks.

7. If all else fails you should go to your doctor about your Athlete's foot problems. If you think it has spread to other areas of your body be sure to go see your doctor. The doctor may have to refer you to a dermatologist especially if you have a bad problem.

8. You need to keep your bathroom floor including all mats very clean. If you use rugs in your bathroom be sure to wash them at least twice weekly especially if someone in the household has Athlete's foot.

Keep in mind that people who take Lasix for congestive heart failure frequently have the symptoms of athletes foot with out having the fungus. Flaking and crusting will be absent although there may be redness and intense burning. This is caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency. Usually taking a Vitamin B12 supplement will cure this problem but you should discuss this with your doctor especially if your taking Lasix.

Things You Can Do To Prevent Athlete's Foot Or Reinfection.

1. Be sure not to go barefoot in public places. Wear flip flops and don't let other people wear your flip flops.

2. Use a foot powder to ensure that your feet stay dry.

3. Be sure to keep your feet very dry especially between your toes.

4. Wear cotton socks with foot powder sprinkled inside and anytime your feet get wet change socks.

5. If you have Athletes feet avoid wearing tight fitting shoes.

If you have Athletes foot that you can't cure or if you think your Athlete's foot has spread to other parts of your body especially your groin go see your doctor and seek medical help.

Natural Remedies for Athlete's Foot will work but you need to learn to keep your feet dry and your bathroom floor clean and dry. And if you have persistent Athletes foot that you can't cure go to your doctor.

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Thomas Byers has been writing at Hub Pages for over five years and has been doing Herbal Research for over forty years.
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      3 years ago

      just apply virgin coocnut oil

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      6 years ago from Virginia

      2% miconazole nitrate - available over the counter; name brand and generic; as power, cream, liquid, and spray.

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      Brenda Kyle 

      6 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you for sharing such details on how to treat the problem. I will do more of these steps for my daughter. She struggles with it all the time. I a believer in the tee tree oil so we will add that for sure.


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