Athlete’s foot is a very common fungal infection of the foot that commonly begins in-between the toes due to the moist and warm environment. It can be difficult to get rid of and can cause itching, burning, blistering and scaling, and can often times become painful and very irritable. If you are someone who suffers from athletes foot make sure to see your local podiatrist, such as Dr. Evan Merrill. In the meantime, try these home remedies to help bring some relief.
Garlic: It’s true, garlic has been proven to contain anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Make a paste with garlic and rub it onto the areas that are effected.If you don’t want your feet smelling like stinky garlic, try taking a garlic tablet, or adding extra garlic to your meals.
Tea Tree Oil: Applying tea tree oil mixed with coconut oil can help with inflammation and burning. Just make sure to only use it on the outside of your body.
Corn Starch: At the end of the day, or whenever you have a while to relax, sprinkle some corn starch on the effected areas of your feet and let it sit for a while. This helps to remove the excess moisture from your feet.
Vinegar and Warm Water: Add 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar and soak your feet for about 25 minutes twice a day.
Yogurt: Buy plain yogurt with live active cultures. These cultures actually help fight fungal infections! Apply the yogurt to the affected areas and let it dry completely on it’s own. Once dry, rinse your feet in warm water. Try doing this a couple times a day for two weeks as well as eating yogurt with live active cultures as part of your daily diet.
Fungal infections can be hard to get rid of and can take some time. Home remedies are a great way to help relieve pain, and itching, but make sure to see Dr. Evan Merrill or your local podiatrist for extra care to help treat and eliminate the problem. At Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle LLC we are here to help you with all your foot care needs. We want you to find relief and are confident you will find it with us. Make an appointment today by calling 541-776-3338 or by making an appointment online today!