Herbs For Athlete’s Foot

By | April 3, 2014

Herbal Remedies For Athlete’s Foot

Athletes Foot is not a condition which solely affects athletes.

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This is an uncomfortable condition on your feet caused by a fungal infection just below the skin which thrives in moist environments.

It can be recognized by an initial scaling of the skin between the toes, this skin then becomes moist or soggy. The skin may then flake and peel and small blisters may appear. The new skin underneath infected areas may look red, sore and inflamed.

One can catch a fungal infection by coming in contact with another person currently infected. Some fungi live on damp surfaces, like the floors in public showers or locker rooms. This is an easy place to catch a fungus infection. One can even catch a fungal infection from pets. Dogs and cats, as well as farm animals can be infected with a fungus.

Fungal infections are named for the part of the body they infect.

Tinea pedis is usually called “athlete’s foot.” (“Pedis” is the Latin word for foot.) The moist skin between your toes is an ideal place for a fungus to grow. The skin may become itchy and red, with a white, wet surface.

The infection may spread to the toenails. Here it causes the toenails to become thick and crumbly and may create an unpleasant odor. Toenail infections are difficult to eradicate, because the infection is deep within the nail bed, and the delivery of medicine to this region is difficult. The fungus can also spread to your hands and fingernails.

Herbal Remedies For Athlete’s Foot

Black Walnut Tincture or tea used for oozing skin.

Calendula Cream is applied topically to help skin heal.

Goldenseal contains anti fungal and antibacterial properties. Tincture is used internally and the powdered herb is made into a poultice and applied topically.

Olive Leaf Extract is a powerful anti fungal which helps to heal microbial infections.

Pau d’ Arco, an antibacterial herb that is taken internally as a tea, infusion or tincture.

Tea Tree Oil applied topically to relieve burning & itching. May need to be diluted in a carrier oil first.

Thyme Oil is a powerful anti-fungal which fights fungus infections and provides protection from staph infection.