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Is a fungal disease, normally between the toes or under the arch of the foot.

What to look for

A rash and redness in the area, A repulsive foot odour, Itching and irritation between the toes, the area may crack and peel, dry, flaking skin on the bottom of your feet. White, fragile, flaky toenails in serious cases. Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal disease, and it doesn’t mean you have to be an athlete to get it. Athlete's foot is caused by feet that’s consistently in shoes.

Causes

The main cause of athletes foot is the failure to follow necessary personal hygiene as well as not drying the areas between the toes well after bathing. The people who suffer from Athletes Foot, perspire more frequently and re likely to develop this disorder. The circumstances can become worse because of wearing certain types of plastic shoes which do not allow your foot to breath. When the damp area between the toes becomes sweaty, it becomes the breeding ground for fungus .Fungus likes to live between you toes, it absorbs the dead skin that the body sheds each day. Once the fungus starts eating the dead skin it may cause an infection and it destroys the living skin. 
Athletes foot is often spread by using showers and toilets at the gym or changing rooms after sporting activity.

Prevention

Try to always wear sandals, thongs while using public areas 
And wear cotton socks, and shoes that breathe;
Never share your shoes, socks, or towels with anyone. 
If you get athlete's foot, wash your socks and towels in the hottest water possible - 
or boil them as soon as possible.

Always keep your feet dry during the day 
If you Shower at home you should clean it after you’ve use it. 
To avoid spreading the infection to other household members
You must not walk around barefoot as this can also spread the infection.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Personal Care -You must soak your infected feet in warm, salted water 
(1 tsp salt per cup) for 5 to 10 minutes every day. Dry your feet 
Probably , then apply a bicarb of soda paste between your toes. 
You may decide to use an over-the-counter antifungal powder, 
cream, or spray. As long as the area is not blistered or cracked,
remove the flakes of dead skin with a soft brush before using a 
topical powder or ointment. Do not try to tear off flaking skin; you may
break nearby healthy skin and spread the infection.

Homoeopathy - to soothe the inflammation in your feet, try an over-the-counter
Product containing Calendula. You may also recommend 
Graphite for this condition.

Aromatherapy
- try using 2 drops of Tea Tree oil and 2 drops of Myrrh in
15g of base cream. Mix the two oils into the base cream, and apply twice a day
to the affected area. Also use a foot bath with sandalwood and tea tree oil. 
Patchouli and tea tree oil in a base cream.

Herbal Therapies - a footbath with red clover & hot water can also help. 
But also try aloe, calendula, comfrey compresses.

Traditional Treatment

You should treat athlete's foot as soon as you see the first sign of itchy feet or redness between your toes. Most of the cases of athlete's foot can be cured with over-the-counter products and basic good hygiene. 
You should wash and dry your feet thoroughly in the morning and evenings, and change your socks or stockings daily, and try not to wear the same shoes day after day. You should Sprinkle anti-fungal powder on your feet and in your shoes daily. And try to expose your feet to sunlight and air as much as possible. Keep your feet dry so avoid nylon socks and stockings.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-17