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Natural Cures for Athlete’s Foot

Is athlete's foot leaving you itchy? Learn how to naturally alleviate some of the symptoms of this common problem.

Athlete’s foot is a common infection of the skin, characterized by a fungal growth that attacks the area between the toes, the soles of the feet and, occasionally, the toenails. The fungus thrives in warm, damp environments, such as the locker rooms, health clubs, public showers, and indoor swimming pools. Because the infection was common among athletes who used these facilities, the term “athlete’s foot” became popular.

Symptoms of athlete’s foot include itching, burning, and stinging sensations, as well as scaling, cracking, and inflammation of the skin between the toes and on the soles of the feet. Athlete’s foot is a frustrating problem, however a few simple steps can treat this common foot fungus.

– Tea tree oil. One of the best remedies for athlete’s foot is, this natural astringent gets rid of and helps prevent athlete’s foot. Just put a bit on your finger and put on the affected parts of the foot.

– Vinegar. Soak your feet in 1/2 cup vinegar, 2 tablespoons of salt, and enough warm water to cover your feet. The acidity of the solution will kill the fungus.

– Aspirin. Dissolve about five aspirin tablets in 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol and swab the solution onto your feet after showering/bathing. The alcohol will allow the aspirin to soak into your skin due, killing the fungus. Using this mixture before putting your shoes on in the morning, and after taking them off each evening, can prevent future outbreaks.

As with any home remedy, it’s best to consult your doctor if your symptoms are persistent or severe.

This article was published by the staff at Farmers' Almanac. Interested in becoming a guest author? Contact us to let us know!

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