The biological term ‘tinea pedis’ is commonly known as athlete’s foot. It is a common fungal infection originating from the foot and so named so. This fungal infection is generally harmless but it certainly creates uneasiness and they can be relieved by using natural remedies. The fungi that cause this infection are tiny plant like cells found on the skin of all human beings. These are capable of multiplying rapidly in an uncontrollable manner. They actually thrive in damp areas especially inside shoes and socks. In most cases athlete’s foot occurs between toes causing cracks, peels and pain resulting in breaks down and in certain other cases they occur on the soles and sides of the feet and also in the nails.
- The fungi that causes athlete’s foot is biologically termed as ‘Trichophytons’.
- The fungi actually grow as a result of poor ventilated shoes and sweaty socks.
- Athlete’s foot is not a highly contagious disease.
- Peeling and scaling between toes.
- Painful skin.
- Infected nails could become thickened and discoloured.
- Redness and itchy.
- In severe cases there may be cracks in between toes.
- Tiny blisters along the sides and soles of feet.
- Vitamin C – 1000mg twice a day. Recurrence gets prevented. Reduce dose if diarrhoea develops.
- Tea tree oil – Apply to infected skin three times a day. Do not ingest tea tree oil.
- Garlic oil – Apply to infected skin three times a day.
- Calendula – Apply lotion to infected skin three times a day. Do not use if you are allergic to daisy flowers.
- Wear clean and dry socks.
- Use ventilated shoes.
- Keep your feet clean and dry.
- It is advisable to walk barefoot wherever possible.
- Trim your toe nails on a regular basis.
HAVE YOU HEARD?
Athlete’s foot does not occur in children younger than 12. If they show symptoms then that is another skin infection and not athlete’s foot.