2 Natural Treatments For Athlete's Foot

When you go to the doctor and discover that the burning and itching you have felt on your feet for days is actually a fungal infection commonly known as athlete's foot (tinea pedis in medical terms), you may wonder what you can do to overcome your unfortunate foot discomfort. While your doctor may recommend certain topical medications filled with various chemical compounds designed to rid you of your athlete's foot, you may want to give natural remedies for your athlete's foot a try. So, get to know some of the available natural athlete's foot treatments so that you can get rid of your itching and discomfort as soon as possible. 

Try Some Tea Tree Oil

If you only have one essential oil at your disposal, tea tree oil is the way to go. This versatile essential oil has a myriad of uses, particularly when it comes to your skin. It has antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. 

To use tea tree oil on your athlete's foot, you will need to thoroughly wash and dry your feet first. Then use a cotton swab or cotton ball to apply a thin layer of tea tree oil to the affected skin. Repeat the process up to two or three times per day for the best and speediest results.

Some people do have negative skin reactions to pure tea tree oil, so be sure to place a few test drops on your uninfected arm or leg to be sure you are not one of those people. 

Make A Baking Soda Paste

Another versatile product to keep around your house at all times is baking soda. Not only is it an important kitchen ingredient, but it can be used for a wide variety of health and beauty issues. In the case of your athlete's foot, you will have to make a simple paste by mixing about 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water. 

After you have thoroughly washed and dried your feet, rub the baking soda paste onto your infected feet in a thick layer that covers the whole area. Then, let the paste dry naturally. Peel or slough the dried paste off of your feet and then rinse and dry your feet to remove any paste residue. Do this twice a day for the best results. 

By using simple products you may already have in your home, you can get rid of your athlete's foot naturally without potentially expensive or harsh medicated creams or ointments. If these methods don't work or you have questions, visit Gary S. Hymes DPM.