6 Effective Home Remedies To Treat Athlete's Foot
By: Kratika Sun, 30 Oct 2022 4:07:38
Red, itchy, scaly skin on your feet can cause discomfort as well as embarrassment. Commonly known as athlete’s foot, this kind of rash is caused by a fungus which thrives in warm, moist spots like the area between your toes. Although this is usually not a serious condition, left untreated the infection can spread to your toenails. And what’s worse is, if you touch infected feet and then touch other areas, the infection could spread there too. This fungus is also spread by touching surfaces contaminated by it. And in some cases, skin damaged by this fungal infection can also pick up a bacterial infection.
Athlete’s foot is usually treated with topical antifungal medications that can be bought without a doctor’s prescription. But if your foot swells up and feels warm, or has red streaks or pus, you may have a bacterial infection which needs to be looked at by a doctor. Also seek medical attention if you have a weakened immune system or diabetes or your symptoms don’t go away after 2 to 4 weeks of home treatment.
# Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has potent antifungal properties. One study found that most participants with athlete’s foot felt considerable improvement when they applied tea tree oil at a 50 or 25% concentration twice daily for four weeks.
What to do: Mix tea tree oil and a carrier oil like almond or grapeseed oil in equal quantities and apply twice a day to affected parts.
Another effective cure for athlete’s foot that might be sitting right on your kitchen counter – garlic! Ajoene, an organosulfur compound present in this pungent condiment, can kill fungus which infects your feet. According to one study, when 1% ajoene was applied twice a day for a week, it resulted in complete cure for 100% of the participants suffering from athlete’s foot.
What to do: Throw a few cloves of diced and crushed garlic into a basin of warm water and add a little rubbing alcohol. Soak your feet in this healing foot bath for about half an hour.
# Ozonized Sunflower Oil
Ozonized sunflower oil, which is prepared by infusing sunflower oil with ozone, has exceptional germicidal properties. When researchers treated people with athlete’s foot topically with ozonized sunflower oil twice a day for a period of 6 weeks, 75% of the participants were completely cured. Moreover, when the participants were evaluated 6 months after the treatment, it was found that they did not experience any recurrence of the fungal infection.
What to do: Apply ozonized sunflower oil, which can be bought online or from stores, twice a day to affected parts.
# Walnut Hulls
Did you know that the juice of macerated unripe black walnut hulls has been used for ages in folk medicine for treating fungal skin infections? A compound known as juglone is thought to account for the antifungal activity of walnut hulls.
How to use: Chuck black walnut hulls into a tub of water and let it soak overnight. Strain out the hull and you have a potent antifungal solution which can be used as a foot bath. To further strengthen the fungicidal properties of this solution, add a few cloves of crush garlic. Soak infected feet for around 15 to 30 minutes.
Cinnamon has potent antifungal properties which can help treat athlete’s foot. Compounds like cinnamaldehyde and eugenol present in cinnamon oil are thought to be responsible for these effects.
What to do: Prepare a cinnamon foot bath by boiling 8 to 10 broken cinnamon sticks in 4 cups of water. Now let it simmer for 5 minutes and steep for around 45 minutes. Soaking infected feet in this mixture can be helpful. Alternatively, you could also add a few drops of cinnamon essential oil to a warm foot bath.
# Copper Socks
Copper oxide is known to exhibit strong antifungal and antimicrobial properties. This property of copper oxide can be used effectively for treating the symptoms of athlete’s foot. When copper oxide-impregnated fibers were woven into socks and worn by patients with athlete’s foot daily, they showed an improvement in symptoms like erythema, fissuring, scaling, burning, and itching within 9 days.
What to do: Swap your regular socks for socks made with copper oxide-impregnated fibers.