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Home Remedies for Athlete’s Foot

If you’ve ever had Athlete’s foot, you know how frustrating it can be. The itchiness, burning, and redness can be so uncomfortable. 

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that commonly affects the skin on the feet. It is caused by a group of fungi called Dermatophytes, which thrive in warm, moist environments. Athlete’s feet is most often spread in public places like locker rooms and swimming pools.

Home Remedies for Athlete’s Foot

Vinegar Soaks

Mix 1 cup vinegar, and 2 cups water and soak your feet in it for 15 minutes. The acidity of the vinegar will kill the fungus and prevent it from spreading. You can do this once or twice a day until the infection clears up.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal agent that can be effective in treating Athlete’s foot. To use this remedy, mix together 2 drops of tea tree oil and 1 tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil. Apply the mixture to your feet and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with warm water. Repeat this process 2-3 times per day until your athlete’s foot clears up. 

Garlic 

Garlic is another home remedy that can be very effective in treating Athlete’s foot. Garlic contains natural antifungal properties that help to kill the fungus that causes athlete’s foot. To use this remedy, simply crush 2-3 cloves of garlic and apply the paste to your feet. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with warm water. Repeat this process 2-3 times per day until your athlete’s foot clears up.

You can also choose to put 3-4 garlic cloves in warm water, and soak your feet in this for 15 minutes daily. 

To read more on how to keep Athlete’s foot from spreading and recurring, check out this helpful article.

Vaishnavi Bawa
Dr. Vaishnavi Bawa is a Podiatrist who specializes in treating foot and ankle pathology. LifesLittleSteps mission is to educate the public about foot health in an easy-to-understand manner using evidence-based medicine.
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