Despite its name, athlete’s food can affect anyone – not just athletes. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection that thrives in warm, moist conditions. In a humid environment, the fungus grows and spreads which can make the infection hard to treat if your feet are not cared for properly. A full blown case of athlete’s foot can cause itching, cracking, and even swelling but fortunately, there are some home remedies for athlete’s foot.
Start the healing process by soaking your feet in a salt solution of warm water. Add approximately 2 teaspoons of salt to each pint of water. Soak your feet for about 15 minutes, dry, and then apply an over-the-counter medication.
Because athlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection, you need to get rid of the infection to cure the athlete’s foot. Look for an over-the-counter medication that contains miconazole nitrate or tolnaftate. A gel will work better than creams as the gels usually contain an ingredient to dry up any moisture. The medication should be applied several times a day and continued for at least 2 weeks after the athlete’s foot has healed.
If you suffer from bouts of athlete’s foot, medicate the feet even when your feet are healed. This may not help prevent athlete’s foot but it can help minimize the effects and duration time of an outbreak. A remedy from years past included the use of aluminum chloride. This treatment does remove the moisture from the feet but it will not kill the fungus.
Soothing the Irritation
During an outbreak of athlete’s foot, the feet can become inflamed, red, swollen, itchy, and dry. This is a painful combination that can be highly irritating. To ease the inflammation and symptoms of athlete’s foot, use cool compresses or look for either Domeboro powder or Burrow’s solution at your local pharmacy.
Domeboro powder usually comes in a packet. Add one packet of the powder or about 2 tablespoons of Burrow’s solution to one cup of water. Mix the solution well and apply to your irritated feet with a clean cloth several times a day. Once your feet have begun to heal, remove any dead skin with a foot brush.
To help prevent getting athlete’s foot, choose proper footwear and socks. Plastic shoes are the worst since they create the perfect environment of the fungus to grow. Change your socks often and air you shoes out. Never wear wet footwear or socks.
Athlete’s foot can be contracted in public areas. When visiting a public pool, shower, gym, locker room, or health club, always wear foot covering. But if your feet are prone to athlete’s foot, you should take extra precautions anywhere the floor is damp.
Most cases of athlete’s foot can be easily treated with a home remedy. However, it is important to seek professional medical care if your condition does not heal, the foot is warm to the touch with red streaks, or if you have diabetes.