You can cure your athletes foot naturally without expensive products. Athletes foot is a fungal infection of the skin. The symptoms are redness, itching and irritation in the affected area. Sometimes the skin will have cracks, blisters or cuts. It may have a scaly appearance as well. Athletes foot does not go away on its' own and can spread to the nails as well. Nail infections are nearly impossible to cure.
Address the problem immediately.
It's essential that you take steps to cure athletes foot at the first sign of a problem. There are several excellent natural cures for athletes foot. Once you have cured your infection, you should also know some basic foot care rules to keep athletes foot from returning.
Tea tree oil for athletes foot:
Tea Tree Oil is highly recommended as a natural cure for athletes foot. Tea tree oil is a naturally occurring antiseptic which works to kill the athletes foot fungus. Tea tree oil can be found at health food stores. It should be applied to the affected areas 2-3 times daily until the infection has been cleared up. A cotton swab works quite well for application.
Vinegar kills fungus
Vinegar has also been used as a natural cure for athletes foot. It will kill the fungus due to its' acidic properties. Mix a solution of vinegar, salt and warm water to soak your feet in. The mixture should contain ½ cup vinegar, 2 tbsp. salt, and enough warm water to cover your feet.
A strange combination:
Another suggestion for curing athletes foot naturally is aspirin mixed with rubbing alcohol. The alcohol allows the aspirin to soak in to your skin and kill the fungus. Dissolve 5 aspirin tablets in ½ cup of rubbing alcohol. Use a cotton swab to apply the solution to your clean feet before putting your shoes on each day and after taking them off at night.
Once the athletes foot has been cured you'll want to use preventative measures to keep it from coming back. The basic premise of prevention is to keep your feet cool and dry. Heat and moisture cause fungus to grow.
*Always wash your socks in hot water to kill any fungus that may be present.
*Wear clean dry cotton socks at all times. Change multiple times daily if necessary.
*Use foot powder to keep feet dry.
*Lotions and cream will add to the moisture.
*Never go barefoot in public places like swimming facilities. Wear flip flops or swim shoes so as not to pick up or spread infection.
*If you have family members with athletes foot be sure they clean the bath or shower after use.
Please note: The author is not a licensed medical professional. This article is not intended to replace medical advice.
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