There are a number of home remedies for athlete’s foot fungus. Hydrogen peroxide, apple cider vinegar, essential oils, and on and on. The question is what treatment works best to “cure” this very common condition?
Assuming you’re already familiar with this undesirable fungus, you know the many symptoms athlete’s foot can spur on – pain, itchy, smelly, cracking between the toes, etc. And you’re certainly not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 15 to 25 percent of Americans are likely to suffer from athlete’s foot fungus at some time in their life.
About half of athlete’s foot sufferers will have recurring symptoms, largely due to the fungus being able to survive in the cracks between your toes. This makes the condition very contagious, easily passing between members of a household.
The good thing is, there are healthy, 100% organic treatments out there that can help! Whether it’s a mild or more severe case of athlete’s foot, try out our favorite natural remedies for relieving your athlete’s foot symptoms.
Using apple cider vinegar for athlete’s foot
Apple cider vinegar can provide relief for both pain and inflammation, while eliminating the fungus that prompts the athlete’s foot condition. While this may be a given, remember to avoid sharing socks, shoes, or towels with anyone else as to not spread the fungus or get it from someone else.
So without further ado, follow these six steps for treating athlete’s foot with apple cider vinegar
- Purchase 5%, cloud vinegar. Note that the brown film you see in some apple cider vinegar products is a good sign, as they comprise additional healing nutrients that provide greater benefits.
- Pour about three cups of the vinegar into a large bowl, enough that you’ll be able to stick both feet in. If there is not enough volume, you can add some warm water. But try to avoid diluting the vinegar too much.
- Before soaking your feet into the solution, be sure to wash them thoroughly. After scrubbing your feet clean, air dry your feet or dry them off with a towel (if you use a towel, wash it right away to avoid spreading the fungus to other areas of your body).
- Soak the affected foot or feet by placing it (or them) in the vinegar mixture. The acid of the vinegar works to eliminate the fungus, while softening the calluses that often surface from athlete’s foot. You can also lightly scrub the infected area while your foot is soaking.
- Soak your foot for around 15 to 20 minutes. After the time has passed, feel free to remove your foot from the bowl and dry it off.
- The acid in the mixture can impact the skin, so to protect it, you can apply a layer of moisturizer after treatment.
Another option – essential oils
In addition to using the apple cider vinegar treatment method as a natural remedy, essential oils offer a host of benefits for curbing your athlete’s foot symptoms. There are three oils we recommend for helping athlete’s foot:
- Lavender: Anti-fungal and anti-microbial, lavender is well known for its floral scent and rejuvenating properties.
- Peppermint: Helps fight fungal infections, stimulate blood circulation, relieve itchiness, and deal with the odor that accompanies athlete’s foot.
- Lemon: With anti-microbial properties, lemon helps cleanse infected areas of the body while acting as a great odor eliminator.
Many people find essential oils to work as a replacement for other home remedy treatments (such as apple cider vinegar).
So how do you apply them? Combine these three oils together in equal amounts and apply to the infected area two to four times a day. The lavender, peppermint, and lemon can be mixed with olive oil or some other carrier oil, and then massaged into your foot. Be sure to rub really good between the toes. Your symptoms should clear up within a week or so, depending on the severity of the outbreak.