This skin infection is known to be caused by the ringworm fungus known as trichophyton. Even the name of that little worm sounds creepy! Here's another creepy term - tinea pedis. This lovely descriptive term is the medical speak for athlete's foot.
So you've got athlete's foot! Yuck! Oh, well, we better get down to the business of treatment.
Irritating, frustrating and unbelievably itch provoking, athlete's foot is a basic fungal infection. It is most often found to be infecting the feet.
The soles of your feet, when bothered with athlete's foot, are assaulted with intense itching, burning and stinging. And don't think that just because you practice superb foot hygiene that you are safe from the foot fungus. Oh, no, athlete's foot affects more than seven out of ten people. Well, that about covers all of us.
Have you ever heard of athlete's foot of the groin or the palms of the hands or of the arm pits? Well, my friend, it can definitely happen. All you have to do is scratch your infected and affected foot and then scratch another part of your body. Get the picture now? Yes, it itches, but don't scratch it and then move on to other scratching areas.
So, do you have to be an athlete to get athlete's foot?
Well, that is a good question but the straight forward answer is no. When all the planets align, anyone can get athlete's foot.
The bugs of athlete's foot love the damp dark places. Well that sounds a little evil, doesn't it? But the truth is that the athlete's foot fungus thrives in places like a dark, moist gym locker floor or shower or the wet deck area around the swimming pool or even in your favorite gym shoes ... well just think about how dark and damp those little puppies can be!
Athlete's foot is easily transmitted from person to person by basic contact. But as bad as that sounds, remember that without the proper growing environment, this little ringworm fungus is a dead worm! Not the right environment, well no growing can happen.
If you are unfortunate enough to have an athlete's foot attack, then you can expect to see flaky skin, blistered skin, cracking skin and yes, even peeling skin. Disgusting? Yes! But unfortunately those are the facts.
Home Remedies for Tinea or Athletes Foot
1/ First keep the infected foot or feet uncovered and at constant rest even if you have to stay home from work.
Try soaking your feet in a mixture of 2 teaspoons salt per pint of warm water.
Apply a baking soda paste. Take a tablespoon of baking soda and add some lukewarm water. Rub that on the site of your fungus, rinse and dry thoroughly and dust on cornstarch or powder.
2/ Apply Listerine to a sterile cotton pad and rub onto feet twice daily. No need to rinse.
3/ Tee Tree oil is good for cureing athlete's tinea. For best results it should be applied directly to the affected area three times per day.
4/ Soak your feet in a solution of one part vinegar and four parts warm water for half an hour twice daily.
5/ Apply some Vagisil, a yeast infection cream, on your feet, not only will it soothe the pain but it will cure the tinea in a couple of days.
6/ Rub a raw garlic clove on the infected foot or feet and let sit for 5 minutes. Wash it off and dry thoroughly.
7/ Urinating on your feet will kill the fungus.
8/ If you live near the sea walk in the surf for twenty minutes twice a day.
9/ Dissolve 4 aspirin in 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol and rub over your feet after showering, the aspirin will soak into the skin due to the alcohol mixture. This will kill fungus that causes odor and dry up athlete's foot.
10/ Take fresh garlic slices and put it in your shoes, wear it all day.
Avoid Getting Tinea in the first place by:
Avoid tight and/or closed toed shoes.
Never go barefoot in public places.
Use a foot powder to keep your feet dry.
Always wash your socks in hot water.
Keeping your feet as dry as possible, particularly between the toes.
Always wear cotton socks, and change them daily.