Athlete’s foot, also known as Tinea Pedis or ringworm of the feet is the most common fungal infection of the skin and contrary to to its name, it has nothing to do with athletes. It is a fungal infection of the feet. The fungus causes the skin to redden, burn, itch, scale and crack. It normally occurs in between the toes but may also appear on sides and soles of the feet. In severe cases blisters can also form.
Irritated, weakened, or continuously moist skin is the most common cause of athlete’s foot infection.
Some precautions for athletes foot.
Keep your feet free of moisture.
Feet should be dried properly after bath or shower to ensure that the fungus does not get proper atmosphere to grow.
Wear socks made of natural fiber as it absorbs the moisture best, thus preventing the growth of fungus.
Use leather or canvas shoes, instead of shoes made of plastic or rubber material as the rubber or plastic does not let your skin breathe.
Do not wear open toed shoes, sandals or slippers. Wear closed shoes wherever possible.
Regularly apply talcum powder to your feet to absorb excess sweating of the feet and to keep the feet dry.
Home Remedies for treating athletes foot
Soak feet in tea bath as the tannic acid in tea helps in drying out of sweaty feet.
Calendula in various forms like cream, lotion or spray can be used to treat tropical wounds as it has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It relieves itching and also re-conditions the skin.
Baking soda can be sprinkled in the shoes to absorb moisture.
Corn starch cane be rubbed on the feet to absorb moisture and keep sweat away.
Add half cup of vinegar in water and soak feet in this mixture. It helps in controlling seat and also keeps a check on the bad odor.
Soaking feet in salt water is another simple home remedy to avoid athlete’s foot. Salt has vital anti fungal properties that prevents the growth of fungus.
Apply aloevera gel on your feet. Aloevera is beneficial as it helps fight the fungus and makes the skin soft.
Plain yogurt containing live acidophilus bacteria is an instant remedy for athlete’s foot. Rub yoghurt on the affected area and wash it off with water when it dries.
Soak your feet in water mixed with tea tree oil. Olive oil and tea tree oil can be mixed in equal quantities and rubbed gently on the feet.
Over the counter medicated anti-fungal creams and lotions can be applied to get relief.
Consult a dermatologist, if the home remedies do not give relief and the condition deteriorates.