Got stinky feet? Nothing that some good ol’ natural remedies can’t take care of! Try this holistic homemade athlete’s food remedy that will take care of tinea pedis for good!
Are You Suffering from Athlete’s Foot?
Also known as tinea pedis or ring worm of the foot, athlete’s foot is caused by one or more species of fungi or yeast. It’s most likely to occur in athletes, or those who spend most of their time doing high intensive sports activities while wearing socks and closed shoes.
The combination of sweat, plus hours of having your feet encased within shoes/sneakers is a perfect brew for fungi and yeast to overgrow and cause an infection.
Some of the signs of athlete’s foot include:
- Itchiness and irritation of the skin
- Burning sensation or pain
- Pus-filled sores
- Crusts on the skin
- Discolored nails
- Bad foot odor
If you have severe athlete’s foot, or recurrent infections, you may want to see your health care professional. But many simply report cure by just using natural holistic remedies and a whole lot of patience and dedication to getting cured without using prescription drugs that may have side effects.
The Secret to Healing Athlete’s Foot Naturally
Here’s the secret to healing athlete’s foot – the fungi and yeast that thrive in damp, sweaty conditions actually die off if they are deprived of wetness or moisture.
It doesn’t get any simpler that this – keep your feet completely dry and moisture-free, and the fungi will starve and die!
So keeping that important point in mind, let’s move on to the homemade athlete’s foot remedies that will get you back on your feet in no time!
Simple Homemade Athlete’s Foot Remedy
This ‘simple’ homemade athlete’s foot remedy is actually a series of easy steps that form a routine that you can use daily to get rid of the foot fungus in the shortest time possible.
To treat athlete’s foot naturally, all you need to is follow these few steps for 2 – 3 days and your feet will be fungus-free in no time! Let’s assume you’ve just finished showering, and let’s take it from there.
After a Shower
After a shower, and every after you wash or soak your feet, take some time to thoroughly dry your feet, making sure remove all traces of water, moisture and dampness. You can use disposable paper towels, or you could even use a hair dryer to do so.
The Ultimate Homemade Athlete’s Foot Remedy: Vinegar Foot Soak
Vinegar has some powerful antifungal properties, yet being totally side effect free when used. Fungi hate vinegar and using a vinegar could be the ONLY remedy you need to get rid of athlete’s foot.
To make a vinegar foot soak, simple get a tub and fill it with 1 part organic apple cider vinegar and 2 parts of plain water. Every 2 -3 times a day, soak your feet in a vinegar foot soak to kill the fungi. Soak for at least 15 minutes. You can read a book while soaking to pass the time! Once done with the soak, remember the protocol, dry your feet making sure to leave no signs of moisture.
Dust on Some Foot Powder
One of the best ways to make sure you are starving the fungi of water is by using an absorptive powder that will suck out all the moisture. No, you don’t need to go out and buy any fancy foot powder! The solution is all-natural and could be right in your pantry – cornstarch or arrowroot powder.
Get a glass jar and mix 1 cup of cornstarch or arrow root powder with up to 15 drops of tea tree oil, which is a powerful anti-fungal essential oil. Transfer a little bit of this cornstarch-tea tree powder into a large salt shaker and dust all over your feet as needed.
Stop the Stink
Athlete’s foot can be a stinky affair, but not to worry! There’s an all natural solution to curb the unpleasant odors – lemon juice or lemon peels! Why not squeeze yourself a tall glass of lemon juice and use the left over lemon peels to give your feet a good deodorizing rub?
Sprinkle some sea salt on to the used up peel and scrub-a-dub the stink away. Once again, remember to rinse off with plain water, and dry with paper towels to remove all traces of moisture. Follow up with a nice dusting of your DIY foot powder.
Air out Your Stompers
When suffering from athlete’s foot, make sure you give your feet a shoe-free vacation as much as possible. Wear flip flops when going out and be sandal-free when at home. Fungi thrives in damp, moist conditions so a good airing will help stunt their growth.
Make an Overnight Poultice
Make a simple anti-fungal poultice that will work on your feet while you sleep! Grind 1/2 a cup of peeled garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Apply this all over your feet and wrap with some large cotton strips. Puts some socks over it all to prevent spillage. Now go to sleep and your feet will be significantly better in the morning!
Disinfect Your Shoes
Your shoes are now laced with fungi, there’s no doubt about that. If you wear those same shoes after recovery, you’re going to find yourself with a reinfection. You don’t have to throw your shoes out, though! A simple homemade disinfectant will do.
Mix 1/4 -1/2 cup of baking soda along with a few drops of tea tree oil and dust it thoroughly inside your shoes. This will help kill the fungi. Now let your shoes air and dry out under sunlight, which also kills yeasts and fungi, for at least 2 days. This will eliminate the microbes and make your shoes safe again.
Stop the Spread
Tinea pedis is contagious! So have some sympathy for your flat mates by taking a few steps in kind:
- Do not share towels
- Use disposable paper towels for wiping your feet
- Wash your hands after touching your feet
- Wear sandals when visiting public places
- Wipe the shower or foot soak tub with antiseptic wipes
When to Go to the Doctor
Although natural remedies for athlete’s foot are powerful and have many positive success stories, sometimes you may need to visit your doctor instead, especially if:
- You are facing extreme pain
- Your infection has spread to your nails
- You are having a fever
- You have been suffering with athlete’s foot for more than 2 weeks with no sign of recovery
- Your infection is spreading to hands or other parts of the body
Do you have a homemade athlete’s foot remedy that worked for you? Tell us in the comments so others can benefit!