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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

HOW TO TREAT AND PREVENT ATHLETE FOOT.



Athlete feet or tinea pedis is a fungus related to ringworm. This CONTAGIOUS disease thrives in warm moist areas such as showers and locker rooms. Symptoms of athlete feet include itching, scaling, redness and a burning sensation. Physician cures including the visit and prescription add up, fortunately sufferers of this condition can turn to common household products for help.



ATHLETE FOOT

For athletes foot you will want to use apple cider vinegar because it isn't as strong as regular white vinegar. Just soak your foot in a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar AND water for 10 minutes every day for up to 10 days or until the symptoms disappear. Diluted apple cider vinegar will relieve the itching and peeling caused by athletes foot.
You can also soak a cotton ball in the vinegar, apply it to the infected area of the foot and allow to dry. Vinegar has antifungal properties that kill the fungus and prevent athletes foot from returning.


Bleach can also be used for a lot of things and mainly as a disinfectant or laundry detergent. Just make a solution of two tablespoons up to a half cup of laundry bleach to a gallon of warm water and soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes twice a day. It can take up to a week for the bleach AND water mixture to get rid of the athletes foot.

Disinfect your shoes. Any shoes you wore during the period of time you suffered from atheletes foot are inevitably contaminated with the fungi. Purchase an antifungal powder that focuses on this particular problem, and sprinkle it in all your shoes on a weekly basis.

The amount of exposure your feet require takes walking a thin line; too much, and you might contract the fungus again. Too little exposure, and moisture build up will, again, cause a second bout of athlete's foot. Try to wear sandals and shoes that allow your feet to breathe, but avoid walking barefoot. When you are walking in moist areas (such as at a pool or in the shower), wear flip-flops or other shoes that protect your feet from contacting the fungi-filled floors

Use anti-fungal creams or sprays. Being a relatively common affliction, there are plenty of over-the-counter anti-fungal treatments available. Head to your local pharmacy or drugstore, and grab sprays or creams that focus on killing the fungus responsible for your discomfort. Apply daily for 3-6 weeks, even after visible symptoms dissipate to ensure the total elimination of the fungus from your system.

Soaking your feet in salt water might do the trick to kill your athlete's foot. Mix 1 teaspoon of regular table salt per every 1 cup of warm water. Allow the salt to dissolve, and soak your feet in the solution for 10-15 minutes.

Wear cotton socks. Heavy socks that trap moisture are a no-go if you are a sufferer of athlete's foot. Make the transition to wearing only cotton socks that allow your feet to breath and are easily washed and bleached. Additionally, wash socks on a regular basis, and wear each pair for a single use only

Keep your feet dry. Fungi grow best in moist areas, making sweaty feet a prime environment. Keep your feet dry at all times, using a towel to absorb excess moisture between your toes and on the soles of your feet after showering, sweating heavily, or swimming. Doing this on a regular basis will produce an environment inhospitable to the fungi that cause athlete's foot.

NOTE:


1. Bleach your shower. You’ve cleaned your shoes, cleaned your socks, and the one place left accountable for possible fungus growth is your shower. Clean the floor of your shower with a wash-down of bleach on a weekly basis. Any sponges or brushes that you may use to clean your feet in the shower should be thrown out and replaced or properly disinfected



2. Avoid sharing. Anything that might contain foot related fungi or sweat should be avoided, unless its your own. Keep your own towels, shoes, and socks to yourself and avoid borrowing those items from others.

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