Wednesday, 12 February 2014

How to Get Rid Of Foot Fungus

Foot fungus, in its various forms, is among the most common of foot conditions. Unfortunately, because of the amount of misinformation floating around about the condition and how to cure it, people often suffer more than they have to. In some cases, these home remedies can actually make the infection worse. Follow these tested tips to get rid of foot fungus. If the condition persists, then it would be better to consult a podiatrist for specialized treatment.
  • Wear the right kind of shoes. Poorly ventilated and damp parts of the body invite the growth of fungus. Wearing light shoes that allow the feet to breathe will help to prevent the feet becoming moist. Avoid wearing the same shoes for 2 days in a row – give shoes time to air out and dry. If your feet sweat a lot, change your socks twice a day (or more if required) to keep them dry. Socks made of natural fiber like cotton wool are the best.
  • A weak immune system increases the risk of getting athlete’s foot and other fungal infection. Build up your immune system.
  • Because they are so far from the heart the feet have comparatively lower levels of blood flow. This makes it harder for the body to fight fungus and other infections. Exercise like walking will help to increase the flow and improve the resistance to these opportunistic infections. Remember to wear shoes that allow the feet to breathe and stay dry.
  • Tea tree oil can help. A topical application of tea tree oil has been proven to fight fungal infection as well as many prescription medications. A 10% solution is normally enough but as high as 25% to 50% can be used for more severe cases. A 100% application is known to help in clearing up toenail fungus. Tea tree oil is in no way similar with beverage of the same name and should never be taken internally.
  • Use Garlic. The antifungal compound ajoene is present in garlic and tests have found it to be very effective in fighting a number of different types of fungal infections. In one study, using a 1% solution of ajoene over a period of 2 months was found to provide a 100% cure rate for athlete’s foot (as compared to a 94% cure rate for a well-known fungal medication). As ajoene solutions are not sold commercially, a home made one can be prepared by finely crushing about 6 garlic cloves, adding them to a foot bath and soaking the feet for 30 minutes. An alternative would be to mix minced garlic with olive oil to make a paste and rub it on the infected area with a piece of cotton.
  • If you prefer to use over the counter medications there are many that contain butenafine, clotrimazole, miconazole, terbinafine and tolnaftate which are very effective in fighting these infections.
  • For severe infections prescription medications may be required. These include topical medications that contain clotrimazole and miconazole and oral medications including itraconazole, fluconazole and terbinafine
Once the infection has gone, care must be taken to prevent a recurrence. Do not share shoes, towels etc. with other people. Avoid using bath mats that other have stepped on. Do not walk barefoot in public places like locker rooms and swimming pools – wear flip flops instead.

Remember that although Athlete’s Foot and other fungal infections are very common and can, in most cases, be treated and cured at home, this is not always the case. If the condition persists, increase in severity or if the remedies being tried cause unwanted side effects, a podiatrist should be consulted without delay.

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