Apple Cider Vinegar and Athlete’s Foot

 

The Health Benefits of Apples

 

Tinea pedis is commonly known athlete’s foot. Even if you do not actively participate in sports, you can catch athlete’s foot especially if you have sweaty feet and wear tight shoes, Normally starting between the toes, this fungal infection can easily spread. “Signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot include a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning” (mayoclinic.org). In a majority of cases of athlete’s foot, the skin becomes raw and cracked.

It can easily be spread to other people if you walk around barefoot on the floor, by sharing towels and other clothes. The infection can even spread to other parts of your body. There are many over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays at your local pharmacy that you can buy. However, a cheaper alternative is to purchase a bottle of apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar contains anti-fungal properties. Therefore applying it directly to your feet with a cotton ball not only assists in destroying the fungus, the acetic acid of apple cider vinegar helps relive the itching.

To make a foot bath, fill a foot bath with one cup of warm water and a half a cup with apple cider vinegar. {You can purchase these foot baths at many pharmacies; however, you can use a bowl if you are in a hurry. It is best not to use the bowl for food and throw it out when you are finished treating your athlete’s foot.) Soak your feet for twenty minutes, two times a day.

After a few days you will notice that your feet do not itch as much and may even be gone. Keep treating your feet for at least a week when you notice the symptoms are gone. This is to make sure that the fungus has actually been destroyed.

The best remedy for athlete’s foot is to take preventative actions so you do not catch it.  Never go barefoot around the house.  Make sure you either have a pair of socks on or a pair of slippers.  Do not think you are saving on electricity by wearing the same pair of socks several days in a row.  Not only can this cause athletes feet, you may repel people away with your foot odor.  If you need to, change your socks several times a day.  Keep your feet dry; feet that are moist may get infected.  Last, but not least, never share towels with other people.

Remember that you do not need to be actively involved with sports or exercising to catch athlete’s foot.  If you feel that itching in your foot, try the above apple cider vinegar remedies to treat it.  If your athlete’s foot does not clear up or if the symptoms worsen, see you doctor. He may need to prescribe something stronger for your condition.

Reference

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