What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot is basically a fungal infection of the foot’s epidermis. It is also called Tinea Pedis. It is caused due to several fungi, but mostly by dermatophytes. Usually, the infection spreads on the skin’s surface and in between the toes, but at times, it also appears in the form of a moccasin pattern on the sides and the bottom of the foot. This malady is more common in males than females.
After acne, athlete’s foot is considered to be the most prevalent skin disease in the United States. It has been found that this infection spreads easily in fitness centers, locker rooms, and communal showers. Despite the prefix “Athlete” in its name, this infection can affect anyone. In a recent estimation, it has been discovered that around seventy percent of the population will be infected by this malady at some point their life.
Athlete’s foot can cause burning, scaling, itching, and dry sepsis on the feet. Trichophyton is the name of the particular fungus belonging to the dermatophytes that cause Athlete’s Foot. This fungus commonly infects the upper layer of the skin when it is moist, irritated, and warm. Various degrees of burning and itching are the regular symptoms of this malady.
The other symptoms are
-Flaking and scaling of skin
-Cracked skin and the appearance of blisters
-Inflammation and swelling
At times, the infection also spreads to the knees, armpits, groin, and elbows. The main causes of this disease are wearing damp or sweaty socks and wearing poorly ventilated shoes that attract this viral infection to your feet. Thus, it is basically the superposition of sweat at a certain area on foot that leads to itching and a painful fungal mark.
The regular treatment of Athlete’s foot is performed by a general practitioner, podiatrist, or pharmacist. The basic treatment includes keeping the skin clean and dry so the fungus is not allowed to thrive. The second aspect of the medicinal treatment includes the use of anti-fungal washes and creams on a regular basis. At times, a 2-3 week course of oral anti-fungal pills like fluconazole, itraconazole, and terbinafine can also help in treating Athlete’s Foot.
Home Remedies for Athlete’s Foot
However, there are a number of home remedies to get rid of the fungal disorder of Athlete’s foot. These home remedies include the following.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been used for quite a long time in Australia to heal people from skin diseases and is the most effective and common remedy for Athlete’s Foot. Prepare a solution of water and vinegar by taking one part vinegar and 1/4 part water and soak your feet in that mixture for around 30 minutes. Sprinkle some baking soda to get some immediate relief and then rinse your feet. Rub Tea Tree oil on your feet at this point, as it has antifungal properties to kill all the germs and heal the foot. Cornstarch is also effective to include in the soaking part of this treatment.
Selection of Shoes
Shoe selection plays a very important role as well since shoes should not only be comfortable but should also have good air ventilation that will make the foot free from moisture content. Also, sprinkle foot powder every day, in case you find more moisture and tackiness in your feet. If possible, choose natural fiber-made shoes, as they offer more flexibility to the shoe and your feet.
Sosa is also known as Solanum Chrysotrichum and is mostly used in Mexico as a remedy for Athlete’s Foot. This herb keeps the feet dry, which is very important since sweating leads to more growth of the poisonous fungus.
As much as possible, always wear clean socks. They should be washed in high-quality washing powder, preferably hot water, that is free from germs and dust. Make sure to wear a fresh pair of clean socks every day.
Use Isopropyl Alcohol
Whenever you feel that your feet are becoming dry and scaly or if the skin starts cracking, apply and wet your feet with Isopropyl Alcohol. It helps in getting rid of this disorder very quickly.
Blend some cloves of garlic and then rub that garlic paste into the skin of your foot. Within 3-4 days, the dry dead skin will fall off and the itching will end. This is the most economical and effective remedy for Athlete’s Foot.
Use Lotion and Cream
At the soles of your feet, apply lotion and cream in order to make it friction-free. This can help in preventing any itching and drying of the skin on your feet, which will help in preventing Athlete’s Foot. Try washing your feet using a soapy solution at least twice a day and try keeping your feet clean. Also, you can choose to wear sandals to reduce problems caused due to uncomfortable shoes or lack of ventilation.