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Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is a very common infection that affects mostly men and young people. Athlete's foot attacks the area between toes, soles of feet, fingernails and toenails. This infection is caused by a fungus called tinea pedis which lives off the dead skin cells, and thrives in moist, warm places, such as gyms,locker rooms, showers and swimming pools, Athlete's foot is also very contagious and is transmitted by coming in contact with wet floors, or by touching infected shoes or socks.

Athlete's foot
Take a pinch of baking soda and rub it between your toes and let it dry for sometime. Then clean your legs using fresh and clean water. It is an effective home remedy for curing athlete's foot.
Athlete's foot
  • Baking Soda
Athlete's foot
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after coming into contact with the infected area.
  • After bathing, wash out the tub or shower with an antiseptic cleaner such as Lysol.
  • Don't share towels, and keep your linens and towels clean.
  • Wash your socks twice in extra-hot water to kill fungal spores. Never wear the same pair of socks more than once without washing them first.
  • Wear thongs in public showers.
  • Keep your feet dry, and use over-the-counter treatments to clear your infection quickly.
Other Remedies
Athlete's foot
  • Add 40 drops of tea tree oil to a liter of water. Immerse your feet in this solution for about ten minutes. After this, dry your feet with a towel. Use a dryer to make sure that there is no moisture left in between the toes. After that, apply a few drops of tea tree oil in the infected region.
  • Mix one part of pure apple cider vinegar with one part of warm water and soak the feet, in that solution for about 20 minutes. Cleanse the feet both before and after immersing, using a gentle soap. After the treatment, ensure that the feet are completely dry. Follow this remedy two times a day, for 1-2 weeks, depending on the severity of the situation.
  • Using boric acid, Epsom salt and vinegar would be an effective way of getting rid of the fungus. Take a large bowl and partially fill it with hot water. Add 1 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup Epsom salt and 3 tbsp boric acid. Make sure that boric acid has been whisked well. Soak your feet in the water for about 15 minutes and dry thoroughly.
  • Apply cornstarch on your feet, including the area between the toes as well, before putting on socks and shoes. This will keep the feet dry and help in curing athlete's foot.
  • Another efficient remedy would be to put fresh garlic slices in your shoes and wear them throughout the day.
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