Some people neglect their feet, they think it’s just a feet, but we should always take care of our feet because it is the one that bring us to the places we want to go.
Athlete’s foot or in medical term tinea pedis is a fungal infection caused by different related organisms. Athlete’s foot developed after prolonged exposure to warm and moist environment such as shower floors, locker rooms, and sweaty socks. This condition is contagious and some people are prone to having it.
Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot: itching, scaling, crackling, sores and tiny blisters between the toes and on the soles of the feet.
Topical Treatment for Athlete’s Foot:
Athlete’s foot can usually be treated successfully at home. There are many over-the-counter antifungal cream available in the drugstore that can help with athlete’s foot, this includes miconazole and tolnaftate (generic name). Normally these creams are applied twice daily and improvement can be seen in as little as three to four days.
If you don’t see any improvement in a week time and the infection involves a lot of inflammation, consult your doctor because he may likely prescribe a combination of antifungal and steroid preparation. It is important to note that there is only a slight difference between the over-the-counter products and most of the prescription medications, but since each individual have different cases it is advisable to try prescription cream.
Natural Athlete’s Foot Treatment:
- Tea tree oil is the most effective natural treatment for athlete’s foot. It speeds healing and quickly relieves the intolerable itching. To use add 10 drops of tea tree oil to 1 quart of warm water, soak your feet for 10 minutes. Do this twice a day. Then dry your feet and use a cotton swab to apply undiluted tea tree oil to affected area. Continue doing these until the condition improve.
- Apple Cider Vinegar is another effective treatment for fungal infection. Apply undiluted ACV to newly wash foot to relieve the itchy feeling and scaly skin. Do this few times a day until condition improve.
- Aloe Vera Gel is also soothing and healing for the skin.
Foods to Avoid: Avoid sugary foods, including soft drinks, powdered juice drink and processed food. Sugar encourages the growth of fungus; instead eat plenty of nutrient rich food to detoxify the body.
- Lactobacillus acidophilus or Yogurt. If you have been taking antibiotics, an acidophilus supplement is very important because antibiotic removes the beneficial bacteria in our digestive system. Acidophilus helps to restore these friendly bacteria.
- Zinc helps to heal skin tissue, but be careful not to take excessive amount of zinc because it can cause nausea and vomiting, so be careful.
How to Prevent Athlete’s Foot and Smelly Foot:
- Wash your feet frequently, scrub gently using a soft toothbrush or nylon skin towel and dry them well when finished.
- Expose your feet to sunlight regularly.
- Wear slippers in the locker room.
- Don’t eat too much meat, because meat protein takes long to digest, when food stays in the body for a long time the bad smell will come out through perspiration.
- Change your socks often, a few times per day if necessary. Wear natural fiber socks such as cotton to decrease foot odor. Natural fibers allow the foot to breathe, reducing the chance for foot odor.
- Use a foot powder (with zinc) to get rid of odor. Sprinkle foot powder or cornstarch inside the shoes to absorb moisture. You can also sprinkle baking soda inside each shoe to absorb moisture and neutralize odors.
- Change your shoes daily. Alter the pattern in which you wear your shoes to give each pair a chance to air out odors for at least 24 hours prior to wearing them again. Putting them out in the sun for a while can also help control fungal growth.
“This post was originally published on September 2, 2012 @5:03”