8 Ways to Treat and Avoid Athlete’s Foot

8 Ways to Treat and Avoid Athlete’s Foot - Athlete’s foot officially known as “tinea pedis,” this uncomfortable condition is a fungal infection that typically causes itchiness between and around toes, scaly or cracked/peeling patches of skin, dryness on the bottoms or sides of feet, and thick, ragged, and/or discolored toenails. To help you feel comfortable kicking off your socks, and to spare you chemical-laden creams, here are 8 effective ways you can use to treat and avoid athlete’s foot
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You don’t have to be an athlete to get athletes foot. Officially known as “tinea pedis,” this uncomfortable condition is a fungal infection that typically causes itchiness between and around toes, scaly or cracked/peeling patches of skin, dryness on the bottoms or sides of feet, and thick, ragged, and/or discolored toenails.

 

More likely to affect men than women, it thrives in a damp environment, and thick, tight, shoes. When your toes are pressed together (usually by shoes) it creates a warm moist area between them that is extremely appealing to the mold-like fungi that causes athletes foot.

 

To sum it up…it’s very unpleasant to deal with. To help you feel comfortable kicking off your socks, and to spare you chemical-laden creams, here are some natural ways to let fungus know it’s not welcome on your feet.

 

Below are 8 effective ways you can use to treat and avoid athlete’s foot

 

  1. Rub on corn starch

 

Corn starch can help you to treat and avoid athlete’s foot, because it absorbs moisture like nobody’s business. If you brown the corn starch first so much the better, as that sucks out any moisture that may have been present in it before.

 

You will need…
-Roughly ½ cup corn starch
-Warm water
-Mild soap
-A clean soft towel
-An oven or stovetop (optional)

 

Directions
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Pour a ½ cup of corn starch, or enough to cover both of your feet when rubbed on, onto a plate and pop in the preheated oven. Bake for only a few minutes, or until it takes on a light brownish color.

 

If you prefer, you can pour some corn starch into a small cooking pot and heat on a stovetop BREIFLY and stirring constantly until it browns slightly. Always keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.

 

Rub the corn starch onto your feet and toes. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, and brush off with a clean towel. Wash your hands after applying and after brushing off.

 

  1. Let them breathe!

 

To treat and avoid athlete’s foot you need to remember that a warm, moist, environment attracts fungi. Go barefoot when you’re not in a moist environment, and if possible when going out where sandals or open-toed shoes.

 

You may not be keen on the idea of flaunting your feet if they look less-than-appealing, but it may be worth it if it means healing them up faster.

 

  1. Use a PVPI soak

 

Povidone-iodine (PVPI) is more commonly known by its main brand name, Betadine. It is a chemical complex used to treat and prevent infection in wounds.

 

It is also used for the prevention and treatment of skin infections, and is an effective bactericide. Expanding from that, it is helpful to combat yeasts, molds, and fungi, among other things.

 

The key word here is fungi-like the kind causing your athlete’s foot. Soaking your feet in Betadine can help get rid of it.

 

Note: If you are pregnant, do not attempt this remedy.

You will need…
-Poviodone-iodine (or PVPI)
-A large bowl or basin
-Warm water
-Clean towel
-Hairdryer (optional)

 

Directions
Fill a bowl or basin large enough to comfortably soak your feet with one quart of warm water, and add 2 capfuls of PVPI into it.

 

Soak your feet 2 times day for 20 minutes each (a total of 40 minutes a day) and make sure to dry them completely afterwards.

 

  1. Dunk them in hydrogen peroxide

 

Hydrogen peroxide is ideal for killing off bacteria and fungus, so soaking your feet in it can help clear up the little buggers that are making you so dang uncomfortable.

 

It will also help with any fungus that may be clinging around or under your nail as well. Just remember that it can sting, and this may be especially true if you have cracked skin.

 

You will need…
-1 pint 3% hydrogen peroxide
-1 gallon of clean, distilled water
-Spray bottle (optional)

 

Directions
Mix one pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1 gallon of clean, lukewarm water. Soak for 20-30 minutes morning and night daily as needed to clear up your athlete’s foot. Let air dry or rinse off and dry completely.

 

Make sure you’re using 3% hydrogen peroxide (food grade) which is mainly what is sold in stores. More concentrated forms don’t equal wiping out the fungus any faster and may be harmful to the skin.

 

In fact, 90% hydrogen peroxide is used to produce rocket fuel, which is not what you want on your feet!

 

  1. Simply soap & dry

 

Hygiene plays a large part in whether or not you get athlete’s foot, as does drying them off afterwards. Washing your feet daily helps rid your skin of fungus, while drying it thoroughly ensures that it won’t come back or worsen.

 

You will need…
-Plain old hand soap
-Water
-Towel
-Hairdryer (optional)

 

Directions
To treat and avoid athlete’s foot, you need to thoroughly wash your feet with soap and water, twice a day, making sure to get between your toes. When you’re done, dry them off. Moist means fungus. Use a soft clean towel, and again, get between your toes.

 

Because athlete’s foot is contagious don’t use the same towel, or make sure it’s been washed in extra-hot water after every use.

 

If your feet stubbornly want to stay damp you can try gently drying them with a hairdryer, which can get rid of that little bit of wetness the towel couldn’t. Make sure it is on the “warm” or even “cold” setting, and don’t overdo it.

 

  1. Soda for your shoes

 

Baking soda can also help to treat and avoid athlete’s foot because it kills bacteria and works well as an antifungal agent. Sprinkle some in your shoes after wearing them, or create a paste and rub onto your feet.

 

You will need…
-3 parts baking soda
-1 part cool water

 

Directions
Wash your feet with water and dry completely. Mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or until a thick paste forms. Rub onto your feet in a gentle circular motion, being sure to get between your toes.

 

Let it dry and slough mostly off. Run your feet under cool water and make sure to dry them completely again.

 

  1. Spread the word, not the ‘foot

 

Athlete’s foot is contagious and if you have it, you know how unpleasant it is. Keep it from spreading to others, or from spreading it back to yourself, by following some simple suggestions.

 

-Wash your hands with soap and water after coming in contact with an infected area
-After bathing wash out the tub or shower with an antiseptic cleaner
-Don’t share towels, and keep all towels and linens clean
-If you are going to be using a public shower, wear sandals
-Wash your socks in extra-hot water, and never re-wear the same pair of socks without out washing them first.
-Alternate your shoes every other day. If your feet have been in a pair, the fungus is in there too. Treat them with an antiseptic spray. If your feet sweat a lot, swap out pairs multiple times a day.

 

  1. Lemon rinse for odor

 

Another way to treat and avoid athlete’s foot is by rinsing your feet with a lemon juice/ water mixture can help minimize any odor or unpleasant smell that your feet may be emitting as a result of athletes foot.

 

You will need…
-1/2 cup lemon juice
-10 cups of tepid water

 

Directions
Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes once or twice a day to minimize odor.

 

You can also watch this Video Here to learn how to treat and avoid athlete’s foot.

 

Feet are important, to make an understatement. We use them a lot and if they aren’t comfortable, it’s almost a guarantee you won’t be comfortable either.

 

Not to mention that-even if they weren’t all that important- there are few things more infuriating than when they itch inside your shoe. Then you either have to stomp on your own foot to relieve the itch, or pull your whole shoe off.

 

To maintain your sanity, and feel better, remember that a little bit of daily dedication with simple home remedies can be enough to help you put your best foot forward (and keep your shoe on.)

 

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America has very much become a “throwaway” society, but there’s one area where we may be holding on to an item for too long … our pillows.

 

Most people use the same pillow for more than three years, according to a study by Ergoflex UK. For some, it becomes like a security blanket, something you can’t possibly imagine sleeping without.

 

Choosing a new pillow, then, can create anxiety and stress … will you ever find a pillow that’s as comfortable as your pillow? And isn’t it ok to hold on to your pillow, yellow stains and all?

 

Here’s a quick trick that can help you answer that question. Fold your pillow in half. If this is possible, and it doesn’t spring back into its original shape, your pillow (or more like, your pancake) is overdue for replacement.

 

As far as length of time goes, it depends on which ‘expert’ you ask. Robert Oexman, DC, director of the Sleep to Live Institute, says replacing your pillow every six months is reasonable.

 

Interior design expert Robin Wilson believes you can get away with once every three years, if you wash your pillow regularly (including the pillow cover every three weeks and the pillow itself every three months).

 

The UK’s Sleep Council comes in right in the middle. They recommend replacing your pillow every two years. There are even those who say a pillow can last 20 years if it’s properly care for. So who’s right? The answer probably depends on you.

 

Are You Suffering From Symptoms of “Old Pillow-Itis”?

 

More than 90 percent of Americans agree that a comfortable pillow is crucial to getting a restful night’s sleep. But everyone’s idea of comfortable is unique. You may love your flat pancake pillow. Your partner may prefer a fluffy pillow or two, while others insist a firm pillow is best.

 

If you regularly wake up with back and/or neck pain, your old pillow could be to blame. This is particularly true if it’s no longer the correct size and shape for your preferred sleeping position.

 

For instance, for the sake of keeping a neutral position to your spine, stomach sleepers should use a flat pillow, side sleepers a firm supportive pillow and back sleepers a fluffy (not overly thick) pillow (or no pillow at all) is best.

 

Another sign that your pillow is past its prime can be aggravation to your allergies or asthma, especially if your symptoms are strongest first thing in the morning (after you’ve had your face buried in an old pillow all night) and year-round. That old pillow is a cesspool of dust mites, to which about two-thirds of people with allergies are allergic.

 

Even if they don’t bother you … dust mites are a member of the spider family and though you can’t see them, they’re in your pillow. This isn’t reason alone to get rid of your pillow, unless it’s not washable – otherwise, washing your pillow in hot water will kill dust mites.

 

And here’s something else to think about … researchers have found up to 1 million fungal spores in pillows they tested. Dust mites eat fungi, and the fungi may thrive off the dust mites’ faeces, creating what researchers described as a “miniature ecosystem” in your pillow. Yuck.

 

Finally, if you struggle with acne, your pillow could, again, be to blame. You rest your face on your pillow every night, which means dirt, oil and other debris are commonly found there. If you don’t wash your pillowcase often, this could trigger or worsen acne.

 

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One More Important Factor for You to Sleep Better – The Material

 

What your pillow is made of will also impact its longevity. Polyester pillows tend to wear out the fastest, but they’re also affordable and machine washable.

 

Foam pillows will last longer, but there are serious concerns surrounding chemicals in the foam.

 

Natural materials, like wool, present an attractive alternative, as they naturally repel dust mites (and fungal spores) and last longer than many synthetic pillows. Even natural shredded latex is an option.

 

As regard to how often should you replace your pillow? – there is no definitive answer. Consider your pillow’s shape and comfort level. Consider your level of tolerance to “ick factors” like dust mites and fungus.

 

And consider your care pattern – has your pillow been regularly washed and cared for? These items will help you decide when it’s time to say goodbye … and once you’ve figured out your pillow, it’s time to consider what may be an even more important factor for you to sleep better – your mattress.

 

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