Natural cures for Athlete’s foot do exist! In fact, Mother nature has provided more remedies for this itchy, painful and oh-so-irritating fungal infection of the feet than you may know.
Caused by a fungus called Tinea pedis, if contracted, Athlete’s foot will quickly grow, spreading to the tops of feet and in-between toes. If left untreated, the infection can rapidly worsen in moist conditions, leading to burning, cracking skin and painful feet. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot can then spread to hands and other areas of the body, and to other people.
Avoid the fuss with fungus and try these natural remedies for athlete’s foot:
1. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Also known as melaleuca oil, this natural remedy has been used for centuries to kill the fungus that causes athlete’s foot. Clinical trials have confirmed that tea tree oil is effective in treating tinea pedis at 25 and 50 percent concentrations.1
To use this natural athlete’s foot treatment, draw a lukewarm footbath and add approximately 25 drops of organic melaleuca oil to the soak. Completely immerse feet in the water for up to 10 minutes. The anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties of tea tree oil will work to kill the fungus, and reduce infestation in problems areas.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
This ancient folk remedy is a natural solution for athlete’s foot. As ACV helps to create an acidic environment, the fungus that causes athlete’s foot cannot survive, and will die off. Simply use a cotton ball to apply the solution to infected areas of the feet – but watch out! ACV can sting, so it is recommended that you dilute the vinegar in water before applying directly to the skin. Alternatively, you can add the ACV/water solution to a spray bottle, and spritz on affected areas.
It may sound like a stinky solution for an already icky problem, but garlic contains a powerful phytochemical called allicin. Responsible for the antimicrobial activity of garlic, this compound is also found in onions. Clinical trials have proven the efficacy of garlic on athlete’s foot.2
To use garlic as a natural athlete’s foot treatment, crush the cloves and apply directly to feet. Alternatively, purchase a garlic or onion essential oil for similar results.
4. Corn Starch
This substance can be added into organic cotton socks or shoes to reduce excess moisture that can cause the growth of tinea pedis, or worsen an existing infection. An active ingredient in homemade antiperspirants, corn starch is a sweaty feet must-have. It can effectively reduce the risk of contracting athlete’s foot.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
Ideal for treating all types of bacterial and fungal infections, this traditional wound cleanser works well against athlete’s foot fungus. The fizzing bubbles of hydrogen peroxide are perfect for getting deep underneath infected toenails and into the painful cracks that may occur due to athlete’s foot.
If you have been to a local gym or pool lately and picked up an unfortunate tinea fungus – the bug that causes athlete’s foot – you can treat it at home without a prescription from your doctor. Try these five effective at-home athlete’s foot cures today!
1. Satchell AC, Saurajen A. Treatment of interdigital tinea pedis with 25% and 50% tea tree oil solution: a randomized, placebo-controlled, blinded study. Australas J Dermatol. 2002 Aug;43(3):175-8.
2. Antimicrobial Effect of Garlic (Allium sativum) and Traditional Medicine. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances. Year: 2010. Volume: 9. Issue: 1. Page No.: 1-4.