Opportunistic fungi cause this very common infection in the skin’s outermost layer.The classic symptoms is itchy,reddened,flaking or scaling skin between toes,but it can also appear on the soles and sides of the feet,and may even spread to toenails(or to the groin area,where it’s called jock itch).Moisture is the fungus best friend,meaning locker rooms,swimming pools,and bathrooms are likely sites of contamination.But insulated booth,thermal socks,plastic shoes and
damp sneakers can also promote infection.The fungi that cause athlete’s foot are persistent;treatments can take weeks.There are many OTC-antifungal creams and sprays for this skin infection,but many natural remedies as well.The following evidence,rather tahn scientific studies.

Don’t bath if you have athlete’s foot,because the fungus can be transferred to the groin or vaginal area as a result of tiny piece of fungal-infected skin becoming suspected in the water.



Add 2 teaspoons of salt to 500 ml of warm water. Soak your feet for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat this soak at frequent intervals until your feet have completely healed and the skin is no longer peeling.
There is good scientist evidence that tea tree oil has relatively strong fungus-fighting properties.Soak feet for ten minutes in a pen of shallow water(about 4 cups)to which you’ve added about 20 drops of tea tree oil.Dry throughly.Repeat morning and night.


Make your feet stinkier by placing slices of fresh garlic, or some crushed garlic, between your toes and leaving them there for the day. Allicin, the active compound in garlic, inhibits the growth of the fungus Trichophyton rubrum, the most common cause of athlete’s foot.[4] You can also add the garlic to foods you eat or take a garlic supplement for the same effect, but it may take a little bit longer.

Mix 4 to 5 drops tea tree oil with about 1 teaspoon of olive oi,almond or avocado oil.Rub some of this mixture onto affected areas twice a day.Caution;oily feet can be slippery;put on socks.


Rinsing your feet with a lemon juice/ water mixture can help minimize any odor or unpleasant smell that your feet may be emitting as a result of athletes foot.

You will need…
-1/2 cup lemon juice
-10 cups of tepid water

Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes once or twice a day to minimize odor.


In a small container,add 10 drops of lavender essential oil 10 drops of tea tree oil and a dab pure aloe vera gel to about 1 ounce of calendula salve(available in health food stores or make your own).Mix well and rub a dab of this onto affected area several times a day.

Oils and salves may interfere with evaporation of moisture on feet,and so potentially could encourage condition that favor fungal growth.

If your athlete’s foot infection worsen after oil or salves,discontinue use and see your doctor.

After showering,use a separate towel to dry affected area. Wash these potentially contamination towel in hot water and dry on high heat.

Athlete’s Foot photo by:Teresa Trimm

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