Contrary to popular belief, athlete’s foot is not a disease that is only for athletes. Athlete’s foot is a fairly typical skin illness that is experienced by many people around the world.
What Causes Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection. So, if you have Athletes foot, it means that you have a skin infection that was caused by a fungus. The longer Athletes foot is left untreated, the more it will spread.
What are the Best Methods for Treating Athlete’s Foot?
The first thing you should know about treating Athlete’s foot is that you need to keep your feet as dry as possible. When your feet are exposed to damp and humid conditions, it helps fungus grow.
You should change your socks daily, and after your feet have sweat a lot, such as when you practice sports.
Here are some tips on how to treat Athlete’s foot naturally:
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Applying apple cider vinegar to your feet and letting it dry two or three times a day can help get rid of Athletes foot by increasing the skin’s alkalinity, which stops the growth of fungus. Apple cider vinegar is a well known natural anti-fungal treatment.
- Tee Tree Oil - Tee Tree Oil is another powerful fungus killer. The volatile oils that are extracted from the Australian Tee Tree have helped many people tackle Athlete’s foot and toe nail fungus. It’s applied directly to the skin and left to dry.
- Epsom Salt – Epsom salt should be dissolved in a foot bowl or bathtub and you should soak your feet in it for 15-20 minutes. Some people have found relief from this treatment.
- Antibacterial Soap – Try washing your feet two or three times a day with some antibacterial soap.
- Powder Your Shoes – Having fungus in your shoes can cause you to re-infect yourself with Athletes foot after it has cleared up. Apply medicated foot powder to the inside of your shoes to help keep them dry and to prevent fungus from growing.
Stronger cases of Athletes foot are difficult to get rid of, and might require the help of your podiatrist. Ask your podiatrists at InMotion Foot and Ankle Specialists about the best natural solutions, or see if you need some prescribed medicine to help you beat Athlete’s foot.