Home Remedies For Athlete’s Foot

The condition most commonly known as athlete’s foot (though it has nothing to do with athletics) is a fungal infection in the feet, which can also infect the scalp, or the groin.  This is the most common fungal infection of the skin, and often persists for many years unless treated, and is most common in males who are more likely to wear heavier shoes with less airflow and ventilation than women.  These moist dark environments are perfect for the athlete’s foot fungus.  The condition is usually not much more than irritating, but some cases can become more serious and irregardless of it’s symptoms, is an unhealthy situation that should be stopped.

How can I prevent athlete’s foot?

  • The best thing to do is to wear shoes or feet that allow for your feet to breath.  Even if you don’t go barefoot or use sandals, having socks that allow for airflow and shoes that don’t completely seal your feet will help keep the fungus from forming and taking hold.
  • When you don’t have to wear shoes, don’t!  Also don’t walk around in socks all day unless you have to.  Looser fitting slippers are more ideal if you are cold or don’t like going barefoot at home.

What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?

  • Flaky, cracked, peeling skin that lays loose and easily comes off.
  • Red itchy skin.
  • Burning or stinging pain in the affected area.
  • Blisters that ooze or get crusty.
  • If the fungus spreads to your nails they may become discolored, thicker, or even crumble.

How can I cure my athlete’s foot?

  • Keeping your feet clean and dry is the first step towards getting rid of the fungus, as long as they’re moist, the fungus isn’t leaving.
  • Keep space in between your toes when possible, we suggest using lamb’s wool for this (available at most drugstores).
  • Always wear clean and dry socks, change them every day, and choose cotton socks.
  • Using a drying powder can make a big difference in keeping down moisture.
  • Use sandals or similar flip-flops at any public showers or pools, on top of the moisture, fungus loves to hang out here and jump from person to person!
  • Don’t use other peoples shoes or used socks!
  • There are many natural creams and over the counter medicines that can be applied to the fungus and help clear it up.
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