Athlete’s Foot Symptoms
The symptoms of athlete’s foot can be bothersome. This skin condition caused by a fungus called tinea pedis is described as skin fissures or flaking of skin that can be red and itchy around the toes. Although the fungi can affect any part of the toes, the infection is prevalent in the space between toes.
This is a common problem that we treat in the pharmacy nearly every day. It can get really red and annoying to bear and in some instances, this skin condition can actually spread.
For this very reason, we listed a number of athlete’s foot remedies that may help prevent this skin condition.
Which product solution to take?
While there are a whole array of products that you can use to prevent athlete’s foot from spreading, we try to recommend the right product solution for you. One of the athlete’s foot remedies we recommend is using antifungal cream. There are many different types, brands, ingredients to choose from in the pharmacy. You can ask your local pharmacist to help you determine the right cream for you.
Getting Rid of Athlete’s Foot
To help you get rid of your athlete’s foot, here are the recommended remedies that you should try:
The most important thing about antifungals is how you treat them. So you need to apply the cream as prescribed. Depending on the recommended cream, use it once to 3 times a day. It’s very a good idea to continue using the cream for at least 2 weeks afterward to ensure that the fungus doesn’t come back.
A lot of people miss out on that very simple step that once the antifungal cream clears up, the fungus around that area will generate if you stop using it.
Consider hygiene techniques that may help prevent or control the fungi-causing athlete’s foot. Make sure that you practice these techniques as your lifestyle in order to prevent this skin condition from coming back.
If you’re using a public bath or public pool, make sure that you dry your feet. If you’re using a public shower, always wear thongs. Do not walk barefoot in locker rooms or public showers.
While cleaning your feet is already part of your routine, keeping them dry and cool will prevent fungi from growing. Wear clean socks and choose ones that dry easily.
Foot Powder and Foot Spray
If your feet sweat regularly, it is really a good idea to use some powder. However, foot powder will just stop from sweating. Sprays are also another option that can be used to stop the foot from sweating. There are different techniques on how you should apply these process as well.
Athlete’s Foot Remedies at Your Home
In addition to the above-mentioned athlete’s foot remedies, there are other natural remedies available in your home that can be helpful in killing the fungus that triggers athlete’s foot.
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
This essential oil from the plants of tea tree has antibacterial and antifungal properties and is often used as one important ingredient for skincare preparations. We commonly find tea tree here in Australia and its oil is derived from its leaves. It can work well at killing fungi according to one study and may be effective in treating athlete’s foot. This essential oil is very potent and can cause irritations when applied to the skin directly.
- How to use it?
Since tea tree oil is not to be applied directly on skin, diluting a few drops of it in your chosen carrier oil will do the trick. Creams and salves with tea tree oil are also available at the pharmacy or health food stores.
Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)
Sodium bicarbonate has a lot of benefits to offer when used for skin. It has antifungal properties and can be used in your foot soak preparations. It can literally ADSORP the odor from your feet or underarm.
- How to use it?
To make your foot soak preparations, add the desired amount of baking soda in a basin of warm water. Soak your clean feet for 15-20 minutes. After soaking your feet, do not rinse but let them dry thoroughly. This foot soak preparation will also help treat rough heels.
Finally, we have garlic as a natural remedy. A number of studies have found garlic to be effective against some fungi and bacteria. Despite its pungent odor, it is one of the favourite natural medicine of all times.
The oil of freshly crushed garlic cloves will infuse itself into warm water to make an ideal garlic foot soak solution. Three to four cloves of garlic and a basin of warm water are the preps to do. Soak feet for half an hour, two times a day for a week.
How can we help you?
If you have a similar condition like athlete’s foot, please speak to one of our pharmacists. For your questions, please leave a comment below. As for the mentioned medications, remember to read the labels and use only as directed. If symptoms persist, seek the help of your Healthcare Professional.
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