Fungal infections of the foot can show up as cracked, yellowing toenails or as athlete’s foot. Getting an athlete’s foot, or toenail fungus is easy because this type of skin infection is highly contagious. You can get the fungus that causes it in places like swimming pools, fitness gyms, or it can be caused by, antibiotic overuse, high sugar diet, poor digestion and poor hygiene. Also, there is a possibility to get it if you put on the socks or shoes of a person suffering from this nasty fungal infection.
Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis or ringworm of the foot shows up as white and scaly patches on areas like the top of the feet, the spaces between toes, and even on the toenails. Onychomycosis is the name for the type of infection that causes the fungi to appear on the toenails. Fungal infections of the foot are caused: by dermatophytes and non-dermatophyte moulds and yeast (mainly Candida Albicans) growth. They cause your feet always to be sweaty and to smell terrible.
Signs that you’ve developed Athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, or ringworms include
– A whitish-yellowish or brownish discoloration developing of the front or sides of the nails, the toes, or the foot.
– Itchiness as well as burning and stinging sensation
– Pain around the nails
– Nails become soft, easy to break, or thicker.
Knowing how this fungal infection goes from person to person makes it easier for you to protect against it. In case if you have this infection, below are some natural and highly effective natural remedies for athlete’s foot, toenail fungus and ringworms.
Garlic cloves. Before bedtime, place crushed garlic cloves between your toes and on the infected area, and put on socks. Let it stay overnight. You can also consume lots of garlic or take garlic capsules.
Baking soda. Keeping the infected area always dry is essential to prevent the worsening of the fungal infection and to keep the bad odour away. Prior on putting your socks, sprinkle some baking soda on your feet. Because the fungus needs an acidic environment to flourish, alkaline baking soda prevents fungus from spreading by creating an uninhabitable environment for them. Baking soda is also a powerful fungicide (it means that kills fungus). You can add four tablespoons baking soda to a quarter of warm water, and soak the feet for 10 minutes, to loosen dead skin and to cleanse away contaminants.
Tea tree oil. Because of its ability to kill parasites and fungal infections, tea tree oil is a great choice to use on toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, and ringworm. You can add 40 drops tea tree oil to a quarter of warm water, and soak the feet for 10 minutes.
Apple cider vinegar. If you can’t find the tree oil, add a half cup of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of Himalayan salt into a quarter of warm water. The acidic environment of this mixture is something that the fungus can not thrive in.
Coconut oil. Due to its antibiotic capabilities, coconut oil can be used topically to treat athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and ringworms. Apply some to the affected area and either leave it on or wipe off with a paper towel after it has time to set in. Other oils that you can use, instead of coconut oil include ozonated olive oil, sesame oil, and neem oil.
Oregano tea/oil. Adding oregano tea or oregano oil into the foot bath is also effective against fungus. You can soak the in the mixture for 10 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day until the fungal infection has noticeably subsided.
Colloidal silver. Colloidal silver has antifungal activity, making it a highly effective against athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and ringworms.