Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the upper layer of the skin of the foot. It causes itching, scaling, and sometimes blisters on the affected areas. It usually thrives in warm, damp places. The fungus, Tinea pedis, grows between the toes, on top of the feet, on toenails and between the fingers. White patches, scaly patches, redness, cracking and peeling of the skin on the feet and between the toes are all indicative of the fungus.
Once you notice any of these symptoms you can easily try some simple home remedies to get rid of athlete’s foot before the condition gets worse. Here are some natural remedies which can help with athlete’s foot.
1. Baking Soda: Baking soda neutralizes the pH level of the skin, helps remove moisture from the feet, relieves the itch, helps absorb odor and also eases the burn between your toes. Make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste on the affected area of your foot. Let it set for 15 minutes, and then wash off with normal or lukewarm water. Repeat daily for several weeks to prevent the fungus from spreading.
2. Olive Oil: Using ozonated olive oil can also help with Athlete’s Foot. Use the paste to swab your clean, dry feet each morning and night. This should clear up the fungus within about two to four days and can be used as a preventative measure against future outbreaks. Alternatively, you can grind a few olive leaves into a paste. Dab some cotton balls in it, and apply the mixture on the affected area. Cover the area with a piece of soft cloth. Leave it on for half an hour. Wash off with normal to lukewarm water. Pat dry thoroughly.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar: Using apple cider vinegar on the affected area is a helpful remedy for athlete’s foot. Mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 2 quarts water. Soak your foot in this solution for 20-30 minutes. Or, make a solution of 1 cup vinegar with 1 cup water, and apply it directly to the affected areas with a cotton ball.
4. Tea Tree oil: Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with olive oil and apply it on the infected area. Olive oil tenderizes the skin and helps tea tree oil to get absorbed better. Tea tree oil can also be mixed with aloe vera gel to treat athlete’s foot.