Athleteâ€™s foot has nothing to do with athletes. It is a fungal infection located at the feet, also known scientifically as tinea pedis. The trichophyton fungus that causes the itching hot redness, cracking and scaling of athleteâ€™s foot can also affect the scalp and the groin. Athleteâ€™s foot is the most common fungal infection of the skin which affects most men than women. Men typically wear airtight shoes and fungus loves the dark, hot and moist environment. Please read on for the most common alternative cures for athlete's foot and how to enhance your immune system to fight the fungus.
ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ATHLETEâ€™S FOOT AND YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
No one oneâ€™s to live between your toes. The space is too small, too dark and damp, too unaired. But to the fungus that causes tinea pedis or athleteâ€™s foot which usually camp out in the locker room floors, shower stalls, poolâ€™s deck, your toes are superior residence. They are the perfect abode to settle down, multiply and cause the hot, red burning itch, flaking, peeling skin that is this hard-headed tenantâ€™s earmark.
Eviction is not that easy. The beings can penetrate the skin, burrowing too deep for topical fungus-killing medicines to work quickly and easily but not deep enough for prescription oral fungicide to clean house. And even after weeks and months of daily treatment, when you think that the fungus is gone for good, it can suddenly revive.
It youâ€™re prone to athleteâ€™s foot, you should never wear the same pair of shoes two days successively and you should change socks during the day if your feet sweat.
Here are some alternative remedies to help you get back on your feet.
Yogurt: A little swab will do
Swab regularly. Plain yogurt on the infected areas can help reduce the symptoms of athleteâ€™s foot, a former podiatrist in Stamford, Connecticut, Morton Walker, D.P.M, stated. Yogurt is soothing to the skin, he mentioned, and you can apply it as often as you need to for relief.
Garlic: Rub out fungus with oil
Rub two to three drops of garlic oil on the affected areas of your feet, according to Stephanie Tourles, a licensed esthetician, reflexologist and herbalist in West Hyannisport, Massachusetts.
â€œThis treatment works extremely well to kill athleteâ€™s foot fungus,â€ she says. â€œIn my experience, it is absorbed underneath the skin, where the fungus penetrated.â€ The oil is absorbed into the bloodstream, so youâ€™ll have garlic smell on your breath approximately 30 minutes after you apply the oil, Tourles says.
She recommends using the oil before bedtime: Pierce two or three garlic capsules, squeeze the oil onto the fungus, rub it on the skin, put a pair of socks and go to bed. The socks protect the oil from getting into the sheets. You can use this treatment for each night for 2 weeks to 4 weeks.
Garlic: The raw thing
Garlic is considered as one of the potent antifungal herbs. The raw form is most effective because none of the fungus killing allicin (the most active ingredient of garlic) has been remove by processing.
Stephanie Tourles recommends eating four small gloves of garlic once a day and drinking lot of water, with the garlic to reduce stomach upset. Garlic odor will permeates your entire, so be aware that treating yourself with garlic may disturb others because of the strong smell.
If you or your closest canâ€™t handle raw garlic cloves, take the herb in capsule form, using four to eight capsules a day in three divided doses (3 for breakfast, 3 for lunch and 2 for dinner). Continue for 4 to 6 months, as long as like to abort the infection.
She recommends the brand Kyolic which has a standard and reliable amount of allicin. Be sure to take it with plenty of glasses of water (8-ounce) to avoid intestinal upset.
Astragalus: The herbal fungus killer
Take astragalus, a potent antifungal herb, three times a day for maximum effectiveness, recommends Steven Subotnick, D.P.M., N.D., a podiatrist and naturopathic doctor in Berkely and San Leandro, California.
Divide the dosage recommendation on the label by three and take the herb with each meal. If the label recommends four capsules a day, for example, take two breakfast, one with lunch and one with dinner. Take this dose until your immune system is up to par, which should be in about 6 to 8 weeks.
Take note that tea tree oil can also help fight tinea pedis and donâ€™t forget apple cider vinegar.
If you have recurring athleteâ€™s foot, it may be because your immunity system isnâ€™t strong enough to beat it once and for all, say podiatrist who specialize in alternative medicine. â€œChronic athleteâ€™s foot indicates that the fungus-fighting T-cells of your immunity system are weak,â€ Dr. Subotnick mentioned
Here are natural techniques to boost your immune systemâ€™s fungus-fighting power.
REFINED SUGAR: A must to avoid
Refined sugar is a toxin for the immune system, and eating too many sweets and other sugar-rich foods allows athleteâ€™s foot fungus to flourish, as stated by Gregory Spencer, D.P.M., and a podiatrist in Renton, Washington. Thus if you have a case of athleteâ€™s foot that canâ€™t kick, he recommends cutting way back on your intake of refine sugar.
ECHINACEA: Not too much
Echinacea is one of the best herbs for invigorating your immune system, says Dr. Subotnick. But if you take it everyday, it can actually weaken immunity. Following carefully the dosage in the label, take it a least for 3 weeks in a row, then take a week off.
VITAMIN C: For supplemental strength
Vitamin C is one of the best nutrients for strengthening the immune system. To defeat athleteâ€™s foot, though you need to keep the blood levels constant, this is why those doctors recommend Vitamin C nutrient 5 to six times a day.
Start with natural capsules with 250-milligram capsules for the first week (for a total of 1500 milligrams daily), increase to 500-milligrams dosages the second week then 1000-milligrams per dose the third week.
If you develop diarrhea or loose vowel at either the 3000 or 6000-milligrams level, go back to the level which you didnâ€™t have the problem.
You can also enhance the supplemental strength by eating foods rich with Vitamin C.
Note: This series is only intended as a reference only, not as a medical journal series. The information given is projected to help you make informed decisions about your health. This is not intended as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your doctor. If you suspect that you have medical difficulties, I advice you to seek professional medical help.
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