Information on Athlete's Foot
Notes, Nutrients, Herbs/Supplements, and Advice
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Athlete's Foot is a condition of the feet which is caused by a fungus that is similar to mold in appearance. The feet actually become infected, itchy, cracked, and moist.
Helpful nutrients for this condition.
- A fungal toe-nail infection may aggravate athlete's foot. Regular care to the feet and nails is recommended including cleaning and trimming the toenails. Paper nail files or sanders are much better than metal, as the metal can damage the nail and give the fungus a place to incubate. See a podiatrist if the nails become thick and darkish.
- People that have recurring fungal infections of the feet should be very careful to use dry, clean socks on when changing their underwear or dressing as the fungus can be transmitted to the groin area.
- People that have trouble with athlete's foot may gain the most relief from over-the-counter antifungal drugs called as azoles. A few of them contain clotrimazole (i.e. Lotrimin AF); miconazole (i.e. Micatin or Zeabsorb-AF); or undecylenic acid (i.e. Cruex or Desenex). Another competitor on the market today which is also an antifungal medication is terbinafine (i.e. Lamisil).
Replenishes friendly bacteria that stop bacteria. Nondairy formula is recommended.
Antibiotic. Disinfectant. Kills viruses, fungi, and bacteria. Aids in healing.
Vitamin B complex
Good for keeping skin healthy. High-potency, yeast-free formula is best. Sublingual form is recommended.
Boosts immune system. Alleviates stress. Buffered form is recommended.
Stops fungus. Boosts immune system.
Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.
Comes to us from the Amazon rainforest. Widely acclaimed to be able to kill bacteria, fungi, relieve pain, and decrease inflammation, which can all be symptoms of athlete's foot. Pau d'arco can actually be applied directly to the affected area(s).
Mix a strong pau d'arco tea. Use six teabags in two quarts warm water. Mix in 20 drops of Aerobic 07 which you can purchase online from http://www.aerobiclife.com. Then enjoy a foot soak for 15 minutes three times daily.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is known for being very powerful against fungi, bacteria, viruses and infections. It not only just plain feels good but also cleans the affected area by absorbing deeper into the skin and healing from the inside out.
20 drops tea tree oil to small pan of water. Soak for 15 minutes three times daily. After soaking, dry the feet thoroughly (pat - don't rub) and apply undiluted tea tree oil direct to the affected area with a Q-tip.
People with sensitive skin should introduce the oil with caution.
Before going to bed, combine myrrh and lavender oils and apply to the feet and apply to the affected feet to lessen the redness, cracking, and itching of athlete's foot.
Comes from the olive tree which can manufacture a substance that acts as a powerful antibiotic which can stave off conditions of the skin caused by bacteria, fungus, & parasites. It can also work against viruses.
- Be extra careful when in public areas like locker rooms. Always wear your own shoes and socks and use your own towel.
- Cold compresses will help alleviate some of the pain and itching that comes with this infection. Burow's solution in a pint of cold water can be applied with a white cotton cloth to your feet for fifteen to twenty minutes several times a day.
- Include vitamins A, B, and C in supplement form in your diet.
- Raw fruits and vegetables, broiled skinless chicken, broiled fish, whole grains, yogurt, and other food containing acidophilus are important parts of a balanced diet.
- Shoes that allow breathing room for your feet are best. Stay away from rubber or vinyl shoes. Rotate your shoes on a daily basis if possible. Do not wear wet shoes.
- Stay away from fried or greasy foods, processed foods, cola, refined grains, and sugar.
- Take special care of your feet. Be sure to keep feet dry, remembering to dry them thoroughly between the toes after bathing or showering. Change towel daily. Absorbent cotton socks are best. Shoes should be aired out daily. Wear clean socks every day. The best way to wash everything (towels, socks, etc) that touches the infected area is with hot water and chlorine bleach.
- Treat your feet to garlic. Use garlic powder or chop up raw garlic (and place in gauze) to put in your shoes. This will soak into your feet and help the fungal infection.
- Until the infection has cleared, soak your feet daily in vinegar and water (equal parts of each). Once thoroughly dried, rub olive oil on them. You can also soak your feet in one pint of warm water with two teaspoons of salt for ten minutes.
- Visit your doctor or another healthcare professional if the condition worsens or does not clear up within four weeks. This may indicate a more serious infection.