No matter how long you have been battling with the itch and burning caused by Athlete’s Foot, there are ways to cure it.
What Causes Athlete’s Foot?
In order to understand how to eliminate it, we must first understand what it is. According to Dr. Ian Russell, Athlete’s Foot is caused by a fungus. Fungus thrives and grows in dark, warm, moist places. Sweaty feet trapped in socks and shoes create the perfect environment for them. They feed on the sugars from our body and prefer an alkaline environment.
Keep Your Feet Dry
While we can’t keep our feet dry all the time (feet produce about ½ cup of sweat per day), changing to dry socks a few times during the day helps. If you work at a job that causes you to sweat a great deal, try to change shoes every few hours as well. You can purchase over the counter anti-fungal powders for your feet or you can use a mixture of cornstarch and baking soda.
Natural Anti-fungal Options
Make your own anti-fungal foot powder. Mix cornstarch and baking soda in equal portions. Add in a couple of drops each of tea tree oil and lavender essential oil and mix well. The oils will fight the fungus and the lavender oil is soothing and will help alleviate the itching. You can also apply these essential oils directly to the affected areas. Twice a day, apply apple cider vinegar to the affected areas. This helps to keep the pH more acidic and deters the growth of the fungus.
Change Your Diet
A fungal infection is tough to get rid of, partially because our typical diets create an environment for them to flourish. Following an anti-inflammatory diet will help to create a more acidic environment, making it less hospitable for the fungus. Decreasing the amount of sugar in your diet is key to fighting off fungal infections.
Barefoot or Not?
The problem with bare feet is that fungal spores can live in a dormant stage as spores on carpets and furniture. You may eliminate the infection, only to pick it up again. Instead, opt for rubber flip flops or other sandals that can be wiped down.
If you begin taking action as soon as you realize that you have an Athlete’s Foot infection, it’s fairly easy to control. Even if you have been battling with an infection for a long time, however, it can be cured. You can be free from the itching and burning!