[toc]Athlete’s foot is the common term used for foot and was earlier known as onychomycosis. It is a common fungal infection that is found in the foot and toe nail where there is excessive moisture in the form of sweat and is easily picked up from anywhere. This fungus causes burning sensations and incessant itching and is treatable with natural remedies. However the main key to curing any kind of fungal infection is maintenance of hygiene.
Foot fungus can be caused due to several reasons such as bad hygiene, wearing very tight and ill fitted footwear, use of nylon socks that traps moisture inside the food and create a breeding ground for fungus, weak immunity, excessive acidity and even diseases like diabetes cause fungal infections. The affected area not only itches and burns but also smells bad and becomes dry and scaly.
In extreme cases one can go in for surgery however it is equally well treated with certain natural cures. These cures are not only feasible but devoid of side effects and are known to provide relief almost immediately. A few of these natural cures involving herbs should be applied only after the recommendations of a good herbalist as they may have mild side effects. A few of these natural cures are mentioned below.
5 Effective Natural Cure For Foot Fungus
One of the best solutions to heal foot fungus is vinegar as it provides instant relief from itching and burning sensations. However care should be taken to avoid using it in the concentrated form as it can scald the area and do more harm than good.
A foot soak should be prepared diluting the vinegar and the foot should be dipped for 5 minutes at least three times a day. Complete relief is provided when this procedure is repeated regularly for at least a week for the fungus to vanish completely.
Tea Tree Oil
Add 3 drops of tea tree oil in a small tub of hot water and soak the affected foot for a period of 10 to 20 minutes. The foot fungus tends to gradually fade away as this procedure is repeated thrice in a day regularly for a week to 10 days.
Tea tree oil is so effective that it can be used directly on the affected area to get quick relief as it is antifungal in nature. It is readily available and one of the best natural cures for foot fungus.
Salt And Garlic Paste With Warm Water
Salt and Garlic paste can be prepared by adding two teaspoons of salt and two teaspoons of crushed garlic paste each. Prepare a solution of it by mixing it with a litre of warm water.
This solution is then taken in a broad rimmed container and the affected foot is soaked into it continuously for about 20 minutes. This will ensure a quick end to the burning sensation. This is a temporary relief however if applied on a regular basis it can provide long term relief as well.
This natural product prepared by honey bees is a strong antifungal agent and when combined with other fungal products it can be very potent to treat foot fungus. It can be best combined with garlic as garlic also has healing and cleansing properties. The ideal way of using these natural products are by grating or crushing at least 6 cloves of garlic and add it to a tablespoon of honey.
This paste then can be applied to the affected area and left it on to dry overnight. In the morning it can we can remove the paste by washing it and pat dry. Three nights of regular usage of this paste ensures complete disappearance of this fungal infection. A foot soak with this paste can also be prepared, however one needs to wash it the foot with normal water afterwards.
This is a natural seasoning that is generally used to flavour food. It is the bark of wood that is dried and used. Cinnamon sticks are another source of effective treatment for foot fungus as they have strong antifungal properties that can heal the most stubborn form of fungus.% sticks of cinnamon can be boiled in 4cups of water for about 45 minutes and this concoction can be then used as a foot soak once the concoction cools down a little bit.
Care should be taken to avoid the cooling completely as warm cinnamon solution is more effective that a relatively colder one. It not only soothes the area and gets rid of the itching completely, if used daily the fungus disappears gradually too.