Athlete’s foot or foot fungus is a common skin infection of the webs of toes an soles of the feet. Fungal infections can cause itching, burning, pain and scaling. Most cases of athlete’s foot cause only a little redness, itching and flaking – however in severe cases, blisters, fissures or cracks might form. Athlete’s foot can be treated with oral or topical anti-fungal meditations. If you think you are afflicted with foot fungus, you may want to try some natural remedies before using conventional medicines.
Warm Salt Water Bath: Soak your feet in a warm salt water bath to treat your foot fungus. Use 1 teaspoon of salt for every 1 cup of water. Soak for 10 minutes every day or every other day, depending how serious your infection is.
Go Barefoot: Fungus thrive in moist environments. Especially avoid wearing closed shoes and go barefoot as much as possible to give your feet some ‘air’.
Use Tea Tree Oil: Studies have shown that Australian tea tree oil is an effective treatment. Try dabbing tea tree oil on affected areas and see observe your foot improve gradually. Alternatively draw up a bath using tea tree oil and soak your feet in it.
Vinegar Bath: This is an Ayurvedic remedy. Mix 1 cup vinegar for every 4 cups of water. Mix in a tub and soak your feet for 20-30 minutes. Do this twice daily.
Prevention Is the Best Cure: Avoid sharing towels, walking in community swimming areas and locker rooms. And try to keep your feet as dry as possible!