Damp socks and warm, moist environments can be a harbor for fungus that results in athlete's foot. This contagious foot fungus can be picked up from contaminted surfaces such as locker rooms or saunas. The fungus results in a rash between your toes, blisters and even sores. Mild cases of this itchy rash can be soothed with a few home treatments.
Apple cider vinegar has antiseptic properties, meaning it can fight infections such as athlete's foot. Create a foot soak combining equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Or, dab a cotton ball in this mixture and dab it on the affected area, especially between your toes, which are prone to an athlete's foot outbreak.
Soaking your feet can also ease mild cases of athlete's foot. Several solutions can help quell the discomfort associated with that athlete's foot rash.
- Saltwater soak: Add a couple of teaspoons of salt to warm water, and let your feet soak for about 10 minutes.
- Mustard powder: Head to the spice cabinet, and sprinkle a few shakes of mustard powder into warm water. Mustard is an anti-fungal that can kill the athlete's foot.
- Tea: Steep a few black tea bags in a basin of hot water, and let it cool. Once the water is lukewarm, soak your feet in the tea, which is rich in tannic acid. Tannic acid works as an astringent that dries sweaty, athlete's foot infected feet.
Garlic is a natural anti-fungal, making it another effective way to ease the itching and redness of athlete's foot. Apply fresh garlic to the affected areas of your foot to minimize your symptoms. Try one of two solutions to ease your athlete's foot discomfort:
- Add a few cloves of crushed garlic to a warm-water foot bath, and let your feet soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Mix minced garlic with some olive oil. Soak the solution on a cotton ball, and dab it onto your itchy, red feet.
Some types of mouthwash can ward off the fungus associated with athlete's foot. Alcohol-based mouthwashes also boast anti-fungal properties that can soothe an itchy and scaly rash. Soak a cotton ball in mouthwash, and rub it in between your toes and on the soles of your feet to fight the fungal itch.
The more alcohol, the better when it comes to treating athlete's foot with mouthwash. Pick up one with a high alcohol content, exceeding 25 percent, if you can find it.
Baking soda can relieve the itchiness associated with athlete's foot. As a mild alkaline, sodium bicarbonate balances the pH of your skin, which can reduce inflammation. Blend a tablespoon of baking soda with water, mixing it together until it turns into a thick paste that's easy to spread. Massage this paste into the affected areas -- most likely in between your toes -- and then wash and dry your feet.