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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