Many doctors prescribe conventional anti-fungal medications for persistent cases of athlete’s foot. These drugs can be very effective and very costly at times.
For milder the cases, supplement can be an inexpensive way to combat this infection and symptoms should begin to clear up within a week.
- Vitamin C
- Tea Tree Oil
- Garlic Oil
WHAT SUPPLEMENTS YOU CAN USE WITH ATHLETE’S FOOT
Vitamin C an antioxidant that promotes immune function and aids the body in fighting fungal infections, can be a powerful supplement to take to help with athlete’s foot. It can can be taken with any of the supplements listed in the chart are being used.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a powerful natural anti-fungal agents that alters the chemical environment of the skin making it in hospital to fungal growth.
Effective topical preparations include creams or lotions containing tea tree oil. Look for products that contain it as one of the first ingredients or make your own by adding two parts tea tree oil to three parts of a natural oil such as almond oil.
For an antifungal foot bath add 20 drops of tea tree oil to a bowl of warm water soak your feet for 15 minutes two or three times a day. Then dry your feet well and that if you dropped off undiluted tea tree oil on the affected area. If pure tea tree oil irritate your skin, then do the topical preparation described by watering down the tea tree oil.
Rob garlic oil diluted to a ratio of 1.4 with vegetable oil directly onto the affected areas. Garlic contains a natural fungus fighting substance allicin that can help to clear up athlete’s foot.
You can also try dusting your feet with garlic powder as well. Calendula drive from Marigold an orange Daisy like flower is another useful option. Widely available in health food shops, this herb relieves inflammation and helps the skin which promotes healing. If all else fails try to apply undiluted myrrh tincture directly onto the affected area.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO WITH YOUR ATHLETE’S FOOT
- Keep your feet clean and dry. Always try to dry your feet with a hair dryer set on low. If you prefer to use a towel, then wash it each time you use.
- Where clean dry socks and air your shoes after each use, and do not wear the same pair every day.
- Go barefoot when you can or wear sandals or other well ventilated shoes that allow your feet to breathe.
- Try over-the-counter antifungal lotion and powders but avoid those that contain corn flour which can encourage fungal growth.
- Cut your toenails straight across to the to help to prevent fungal infection.
DID YOU KNOW
Athlete’s foot does not often occur in children under the age of 12. If a child shows symptoms similar to those of athlete’s foot it is likely to be another skin condition and you may need to consult a doctor.
A BIT ABOUT ATHLETE’S FOOT
The most common fungal infection of the skin is athlete’s foot usually begins between the toes causing itching scaling and sometimes painful breaks in the skin. This generally is harmless but unusually troublesome condition may be relieved with various natural remedies.
The fungi thrive in cramped damp places such as inside shoes and socks. With some people, athlete’s foot occurs entirely between the toes where the skin cracks peels and becomes scaly, in others the infection appears on the Soles and sides of the feet or affects the toenail.
This is caused from poorly ventilated shoes and sweaty socks that provide breeding grounds for the fungi, athlete’s foot is not highly contagious so walking barefoot in a changing room does not increase your risk of getting it.
SEE YOUR DOCTOR
- If there is no improvement a week or two 10 days after starting treatment with supplements.
- If home treatment does not provide a complete cure within 4 weeks.
- If any area becomes red and swollen a sign of a more serious bacterial infection.
- Reminder: If you have a medical condition consult your doctor before taking supplements.
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