Over the years there have been many different natural cures that have been suggested for the relief of athlete’s foot. So how do you know which works well, and which do not work so well? Well, follow these steps and you should be able to easily and in some cases quickly get rid of that itching and burning sensation we so lovingly call athlete's foot.
Take preventative measures. The first step in any home remedy is to take the steps necessary to prevent the fungus in the first place. You should always wash your feet (yes, with soap) in the shower. This is a much neglected daily ritual that drastically reduces your chances of contracting athlete’s foot. Next is to invest in well ventilated shoe and lots of clean socks. Sweat and heat are major catalysts in the growth of the fungus, and a well vented shoe and clean socks will help keep the fungus at bay.
Try tea tree oil. If for some reason you do contract the fungus there are a few simple remedies. The first and probably the most effective that I have found is tea tree oil. In the last few years tea tree oil has become extremely popular and is available in just about any health stores and now in many grocery stores.
Soak your feet with Epson salts. Another great remedy is grabbing a foot soaking tub, fill it about half way with hot water (just hot enough that you can bear it), and fill it with Epson salts. Soak your feet just until the water gets cold and then make sure and dry them off well. This will not only help to relieve the symptoms of athlete’s foot, but it will also leave your feet soft and healthy.
If none of these natural ways defeats your athlete's foot you can always turn to the foot care section of your supermarket. Tinactin seems to work the best in my opinion, but there are plenty of products on the market to try.
Some people may suggest urinating on your foot as a cure to athlete's foot. There is not enough evidence to say whether this helps or not, so I suggest doing us all a favor and not urinating on your foot in a public shower.
When in the gym or in a shared bathroom, such as in a dorm, invest in a cheap pair of sandals to put a barrier between your feet and the shower room floor. This will protect you from future infections.