If you are suffering from athlete's foot, the itching and burning caused by the fungus may start to become unbearable. Even if you have tried over-the-counter creams to treat your symptoms, you may wonder if there is anything else you can do at home. If so, use the following natural remedy for treating your symptoms and killing the fungal infection.
What You Will Need
Before you begin your treatment, gather together the following supplies. The ingredients can be found in pharmacies, department stores, and some supermarkets.
- Basin or pot large enough to submerge your feet
- Antibacterial soap
- Clean towel
- Nylon bath poof
- Four cups of warm water
- One cup of borax laundry additive
- Two teaspoons of tea tree oil
The borax laundry additive helps scrub away the dead skin and surface fungus while your feet are soaking in the solution. However, do not confuse this with boric acid. Not only are they not the same thing, but the boric acid is caustic and can irritate the skin
The tea tree oil acts as a natural antifungal. It works by killing the infection deep at its source.
Now that you have what you need, follow the directions below to make and use your home athlete's foot treatment.
- In the bathtub, wash your feet with the antibacterial soap and rinse thoroughly.
- Mix the ingredients in the basin and place the clean towel next to it.
- Place both feet into the basin, making sure they are fully covered. If not, add another cup of warm water.
- Soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes to give the borax time to soften the skin and for the tea tree oil to penetrate to the root of the fungus.
- Remove one foot from the water and hold it over the towel.
- Use the nylon bath poof to gently scrub the areas around your toes, as well as on the bottom and top of your foot.
- Place your foot back into the water and repeat with your other foot.
- Let your feet soak for an additional five minutes.
- Remove your feet and dry them thoroughly.
With daily use, you should start seeing improvement within a couple of days. However, if your symptoms become worse or the infection seems to be spreading, you may want to contact a podiatrist to find out if there are any prescription medications that can help you get rid of your athlete's foot.
For more information, contact Laurel Podiatry Associates, LLC or a similar organization.