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Friday, April 2, 2010

Natural Healing - Athlete's Foot

Tinea Pedis or athlete's foot is a fungal infection that affects mostly men. It can also appear on the hands. Affected areas can be: between the toes, the soles of the feet and toenails.
Athletes foot fungus is very contageous and can develop rapidly in areas where dead skin is shed. If you have caught Tinea Pedis, you should rid yourself of infected shoes, for the fungus can run rampant in closed shoes (like tennis shoes).

Athlete's foot can be cured easily with every day products and essential oils:

  • Tea tree oil has been scientifically proven effective. It is best applied diluted in a 50% solution. Tea tree oil is such a wonderful thing, one should always have a bottle handy!
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Soak your feet in a lukewarm vinegar and water bath or spray a vinegar-water mixture on the feet, let dry. It also acts as a natural deodorant and does not leave a vinegar smel when dry.
  • Raw honey can be applied on infected area before going to bed, leave overnight and rinse off in the morning.
  • Find several additional natural remedies here

Even if you take traditional treatment or antibiotics, you can greatly benefit by altering your diet:

  • Get the body back to an alkaline state by eliminating foods that promote acidity, such as red meat, soda, sugary foods, fried foods.
  • Eat yoghurt with active cultures
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Up your garlic intake or take garlic capsules

If you are prone to developing athlete's foot, it might be wise to follow these preventive measures:
  • keep your feet dry at all times
  • wear cotton socks, which you change daily (even more frequently if you are in an extremely hot climate of sweating excessively)
  • avoid tight, closed shoes as much as possible
  • Use baking soda to keep your feet dry, sprinkle on affected area and in shoes.
  • Spray the inside of your shoes with white vinegar or disinfectant
  • wash your socks on a hot cycle
  • After taking a bath or shower, spray your feet with rubbing alcohol. This will dry them quickly and prevent you from catching Athlete's foot fungus.
  • wear flipflops in areas where people take off their shoes such as locker rooms or swimming pools

NOTE: If you notice any swelling of foot or leg, develop a fever or pus in the affected area, contact your doctor.

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