Health Examiner Stacey Chillemi researched a variety of alternative methods and herbal supplements that have been used for centuries to prevent and cure athlete’s foot. Some of these time-honored remedies are showing promising results in recent research studies. Here is a rundown of some of the most popular natural remedies for athlete’s foot.
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the skin also known as Tinea pedis. In an acute flare-up, the skin of the foot is red or white with scales, cracks, inflammation, cuts, and blisters. There is itching, burning, and stinging. Most often, it occurs in between the toes. During an acute flare-up, secondary bacterial infection is common.
Athlete’s foot can sometimes be confused with these conditions:
- Dyshydrotic dermatitis (a type of eczema)
- Allergic contact eczema (a type of eczema)
- Atopic eczema (a type of eczema)
Ways to prevent athlete’s foot.
- Keep your feet thoroughly dry, especially on your toes.
- Wear cotton socks, and change your socks daily.
- Do not wear tight, closed-toe shoes. Moisture and heat cause athlete’s foot fungus to thrive.
- Do not go barefoot in public places. Wear flip-flops.
- Use a foot powder to keep feet dry. Simple cornstarch makes a good foot dusting powder.
- Wash socks in the hot water setting of a washing machine.
Herbs and Essential Oils
Tea tree oil:
Grapefruit seed extract:
See your medical doctor if:
- There is swelling in your foot or leg and you develop a fever.
- You notice an accumulation of pus in the blisters or cracks in your skin.
- Your symptoms interfere with normal activity.