Tinea pedis or athlete's foot is a fungal infection that can develop anywhere on the feet, though it primarily affects the toenails and between the toes. Rarely, this fungal infection occurs on the hands and fingers. When this happens, it is called tinea manuum. White, scaly patches surrounded by redness identify the infection. Individuals with tinea pedis experience itching, stinging, and burning in the affected area. Athlete's foot is highly contagious — most people contract it from public showers, locker rooms, public indoor pools, health clubs, or similar centers. 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 20 to 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, dilute it with a carrier such as coconut oil first, to avoid burning, stinging, and drying the skin.
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Combine two tablespoons of the Himalayan salt with a half-cup of apple cider vinegar. Add the solution to warm water and wipe the affected skin with a clean cloth dipped in the mixture. You can also wipe the inside of your shoes with this mixture. The combination of the vinegar and salt creates an acidic environment that is inhospitable for the fungus.
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Garlic is known for its many healing properties. It is great for combating tinea pedis because it contains allicin, a compound that inhibits fungus growth. Applying garlic directly to the skin can result in further irritation, but there are several methods you can try. Mix crushed garlic in water for an effective foot soak or add crushed garlic to some olive oil and apply it to the skin. You can also increase garlic intake in your diet, though this approach may take a little longer to be effective.
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Oregano is tasty in spaghetti sauces and other foods, but it also contains compounds helpful for fighting infection. Simply add four ounces of oregano leaves to enough water to cover your feet. Soak in the oregano mixture three times a day until you see improvement. Be sure to make a fresh foot bath each day.
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Ozone has antifungal properties and can help damaged skin heal more quickly. Ozonated olive oil comes in the form of a paste that can be applied to the infected skin twice a day until the fungus has gone away. Your skin should clear up within two to four days, and the remedy may also inhibit future outbreaks.
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Neem oil is an all-natural compound that can be used as a pesticide and also treat symptoms of tinea pedis. Neem is toxic to harmful fungus but perfectly safe to use. Each day, apply the oil directly to the clean and dry skin in the affected area using a cotton ball.
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Cornstarch and baking soda soak up moisture, eliminating the dampness in which the tinea pedis fungus thrives and inhibiting growth. Sprinkle the powder between your toes or in your socks and footwear.
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The antifungal properties of colloidal silver can combat athlete's foot. Spray the aerosol product directly on the affected area and let it dry completely. You can also leave it on all night. Use only high-quality colloidal silver from a reputable company to ensure the product is safe and pure.
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Use organic ginger for its strong antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Add one ounce of freshly chopped ginger to a cup of boiling water. Allow the mixture to simmer for 20 minutes. Once cooled, apply it twice a day to clean feet. Not only will you get relief from athlete's foot, but your feet will have a pleasant, gingery scent that's probably preferable to garlic.
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Coconut oil and sesame oil are both known for their antifungal properties and may help you rid yourself of athlete's foot. The oils are gentle and can be applied directly to the affected areas. Ensure your feet are clean and liberally soak the area with a cotton swab twice a day.
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