Natural Treatment of Athletes Foot
Athletes Foot is defined as "a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning. People with athlete's foot can have moist, raw skin between their toes". It is said to commonly occur in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tight-fitting shoes.
Symptoms include "a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning. People with athlete's foot can have moist, raw skin between their toes."
Over the past couple of winters I've found that when I wear two pairs of socks and spend a lot of time in my gumboots I can have a mild case.
Living in a cold climate, I found that winter made it hard to have the same opportunity for me to go barefoot inside so as to ensure that basic sunlight and air stopped my feet from being in a warm enclosed environment 24hrs a day.
I recently found a variety of ways to completely overcome this issue and do it 1. Naturally and 2. by using the items / products that I already had in my home.
- After my evening shower I applied some apple cider vinegar to the affected area and the areas immediately around it. I used a cotton tip but NEVER put it back into the bottle once I'd applied it to the skin.
- Another option was to use Colloidal Silver. Again apply after a shower when feet are clean and dry. Use a cotton tip and don't put it back in the bottle once it's been used against the skin.
- The last treatment I found that worked well was Tea Tree Oil. As tea tree oil can be very drying I mixed a few drops into a small amount of basic moisturizer that I had decanted into a separate container.
I found the Apple Cider Vinegar worked the best and was the cheapest and easiest. My situation was very mild and I found it worked rapidly. I continued to apply it for a few days after there had already been no sign of infection.
Irrespective of the product I used I left it on. I didn't wash it off. I didn't put on any socks afterward and if my feet were cold before going to bed I waited til they were completely dry and then put on washable knitted/ crochet style slippers.
OTHER CHANGES I MADE:
As Athletes foot is caused by being enclosed in a warm [humid] situation I stopped wearing socks to bed. Instead I put a hot water bottle in my bed near my feet. This way my feet stay warm and they are not fully enclosed 24hrs a day during the colder months.
I also bought a pair of 'winter' gumboots. They are a few sizes larger than I'd normally wear. It allows for my winter socks or two pairs when I need them, but my feet aren't as tight in them. Of course you need to ensure the boots aren't too big.
I hope and trust that others will find these tips useful. They have been easy, cheap and extremely effective.
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