Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete's foot, is a fungal infection that can grow anywhere on the feet or between the fingers, though it primarily affects the toenails and between the toes. White, scaly patches surrounded by redness identify the infection. Individuals with athlete's foot experience itching, stinging, and burning in the affected area. Athlete's foot is highly contagious and commonly contracted through public showers, locker rooms, public indoor pools, and health clubs. Luckily, natural remedies for tinea pedis do exist and can be quite effective.
Tea tree oil has properties that will diminish the fungus and prevent it from spreading to unaffected areas. Add about 40 drops of tea tree oil to a foot bath. Soak your feet in the warm water for ten minutes, then dry them thoroughly. You can also rub some of the tea tree oil directly onto the affected areas, though if you have sensitive skin, you may want to dilute the essential oil, first.
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