Natural Ways to Combat Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot can be treated with natural remedies.

As an athlete, I can tell you that Athlete’s foot comes with the territory. If it isn’t your own stinky feet, I guarantee you will come across someone else in the locker room who suffers from this foot fungus. It is embarrassing, but it is also very common, and treatable.

Athlete’s foot, AKA tinea pedis is a fungal infection that starts between the toes, causes an itchy, scaly rash, and can create painful ulcers or blisters, and a terrible smell.

The fungus thrives in moist, warm environments (like sweaty socks), and can be transmitted through showers, locker room floors, and swimming pools. So, if you are a regular athlete chances are you will encounter tinea pedis at one point or another. Not to worry though! It is treatable through both over the counter medications, and natural methods. Here are a few ways to treat your Athlete’s foot infection:

Tea Tree Oil- Tea tree oil is well known for it’s antibacterial and antifungal properties. To treat the fungus, mix tea tree oil with another oil such as vegetable, or coconut oil (24-50% tea tree oil), and apply twice daily.

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Hydrogen Peroxide- If you have open wounds, this may be painful, but hydrogen peroxide can kill the fungus on the surface of your skin. Just pour it on the affected area twice daily.

Talcum Powder- One of the reasons Athlete’s foot spreads is because of moisture. Powders like talcum or baby powder help keep your toes and feet dry and clean, which makes it harder for the fungus to spread. If you are someone who suffers from Athlete’s foot, douse your feet and toes in powder before putting on socks.

Colloidal Silver- Colloidal silver can be used for a many things, from water purification, to treating foot fungus. Just apply a few drops of colloidal silver to the affected area, and leave overnight.

Garlic- This may sound entirely counter productive, but garlic can actually be used to combat Athlete’s foot. Just smash a few cloves of garlic into a paste, and rub on your affected area twice daily. It may smell bad in the moment, but garlic has both antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help fight the fungus.

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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