You are enjoying swimming in the pool, suddenly an itching sensation appears between your toes. It turns out that humidity and bare feet don't mix well, as a result you get athlete's foot in the summer. To get rid of mold quickly, try the following steps. While treating it, take steps to prevent this disease from appearing and keep your feet in top condition.
Method 1 of 2: Treating Athlete's Foot
Step 1. Use an anti-fungal cream or spray
Because this is a relatively common type of disease, there are many over-the-counter antifungal medications. Immediately go to your local pharmacy or drug store and buy a spray or cream that specifically kills the annoying fungus. Apply daily for 3-6 weeks, even after the symptoms have disappeared to ensure a thorough clearing of the fungus.
Step 2. Make use of the bleach bath
Effective enough for most types of fungus, a little bleach will get rid of your athlete's foot quickly. Add a quart of warm water with a tablespoon of bleach to a bowl and soak your feet for ten minutes. Be careful if you want to add more than a tablespoon of bleach because too much can be harmful instead of healing. Make this method a routine at night until this condition goes away quickly!
Step 3. Soak the feet with betadine
Similar to using a bleach bath, using betadine to soak your toes will kill the fungus that causes itching and burning. Buy betadine at the nearest pharmacy and mix two caps of liquid betadine with one liter of warm water. Soak your feet in the solution for 20 minutes every day, until the symptoms go away.
Step 4. Using the vinegar bath
If you don't want to use chemicals and don't want to go to the pharmacy - don't worry! You can make your own foot bath using ordinary vinegar at home. Add one cup of plain vinegar or apple cider to two liters of water and let your feet absorb the benefits. Do this for 20-30 minutes every day.
Step 5. Use a small amount of black tea
Tannic acid is one of the best benefits of black tea; Its sedative qualities are beneficial for fighting fungus and curing this disease. Brew 6 black tea bags into one liter of warm water. Soak the feet in the tea solution or apply several times a day with a cotton swab.
Step 6. Treat the feet with cinnamon
Whether you want to create an autumn scent at home in addition to getting rid of mildew, or you don't have any other ingredients for a foot soak, making a cinnamon soak is another natural method to kill mold. Soak 4-5 cinnamon sticks in a liter of hot water to make a solution. Then, let your feet relax while the cinnamon dislodges the fungus from the toes.
Step 7. Make use of a pinch of salt
Although not as comfortable as cinnamon or tea soaks, soaking your feet in salt water is also beneficial for treating athlete's foot. Mix 1 teaspoon of table salt in 1 cup of warm water. Let the salt dissolve, and soak your feet in this solution for 10-15 minutes.
Step 8. Dust the legs with cornstarch
This powder works wonders to absorb moisture. Sprinkle cornstarch on your feet and between your toes to absorb the excess moisture that the fungus likes. This process can be continued even after the symptoms have disappeared to keep the feet healthy, dry and fungus free.
Step 9. Make a paste of garlic
Despite its strong aroma and taste, garlic's antibacterial and antifungal properties make it a great choice for cleaning the feet of irritating athlete's foot. Chop 1-2 cloves of garlic and mix with a teaspoon of olive oil to form a paste (you can add more garlic or less olive oil if your paste is not thick enough). Apply the paste to the affected area and along the edges of the toenails for 15-20 minutes. Once done, rinse off the paste with warm water and dry your feet completely.
Step 10. Add a little lemon juice
Not only does the acid content in lemon kill bacteria and fungi on the feet, the sweet citrus scent will make your toes smell fresh and clean. Mix lemon juice with 60 ml of water. Apply this solution to the affected area with a cotton swab several times a day.
Step 11. Eat yogurt
The live cultures in yogurt are beneficial not only for digestion, but also for treating athlete's foot! Look for yogurt that contains live cultures, specifically acidophilus bacteria. Eat this bacteria-filled yogurt at least once a day for best results.
Method 2 of 2: Preventing Athlete's Foot
Step 1. Continue treatment
Mushrooms have a bad habit of sticking to our bodies long term after their appearance on the surface of the skin. Continue the chosen method of treatment for a total of 3-6 weeks, even after all external signs of the disease have disappeared. This will ensure that the fungus has completely left your body and prevent a backlash from the skin disease.
Step 2. Let your feet breathe freely
But not too much. The amount of exposure that the feet need requires the right balance, too much will bring the fungus back. Exposure to too little, will cause moisture as a result athlete's foot can reappear. Try to wear sandals and shoes that allow your feet to breathe but avoid walking barefoot. When you walk in damp areas (such as in the pool or in the bathroom), wear flip-flops or other footwear that prevents your feet from touching the mold-infested floor.
Step 3. Get rid of germs on shoes
The shoes you wear when you have athlete's foot will inevitably become contaminated with mold. Buy an antifungal powder that can solve this problem, and sprinkle it on your shoes every week.
Step 4. Keep your feet dry at all times
Fungi thrive in humid areas, making sweaty feet a prime habitat. Keeping your feet dry, use a towel to absorb excess moisture between your toes and soles after showering, sweating a lot, or swimming. Do this regularly to create an inhospitable environment for the fungus that causes athlete's foot.
Step 5. Put on cotton socks
Socks that retain moisture should be avoided if you have athelete's foot. Wear cotton socks that allow your feet to breathe, which are easy to wash and can be easily cleaned with bleach. Also, wash socks regularly and wear a pair of socks for one time use.
Step 6. Clean the bathroom
You've cleaned your shoes, socks, and the one place that remains and is responsible for mold growth is the bathroom. Clean your bathroom floor with bleach every week. Any sponge or brush you use to clean your feet in the shower should be disposed of and replaced or properly disinfected.
Step 7. Avoid sharing personal equipment with others
Anything that comes into contact with moldy or sweaty feet should be avoided unless your own. Use your own towels, shoes and socks, avoid borrowing other people's things.
- If you scratch your feet, make sure to wash your hands immediately with soap and water.
- Avoid picking at dry, flaky skin caused by athlete's foot as this can make the disease worse and spread the fungus.
- Consult a doctor. Seeking medical advice is wise.
- Athlete's Foot is a contagious disease.
- If the fungus doesn't go away or gets worse quickly, seek medical help immediately.