As you may very well know, the name athlete’s foot is quite misleading. Even if you do not play any sport and just sit all day watching television, you can still get this common skin infection. Tinea pedis, the medical term for athlete’s foot, is caused by fungi. These fungi eat dead skin cells found on the surface of your skin. You have a lot of old skin cells all over your body, including your feet, which gives the fungi an eat-all-you-can feast.
No one is safe from athlete’s foot, even children and women. Those who have sweaty feet are at a higher risk because fungi thrive in damp environments. If you do not observe proper care for your feet, do not be surprised if you are suffering from athlete’s foot. Failing to wash your feet and keep them clean allows the fungi to grow and spread to other parts of your body. So before you infect other body parts, read on and learn how to get rid of athlete’s foot.
How to Get Rid of Athlete's Foot
1. Try vinegar.
If you are looking for home remedies for athlete’s foot that offers fast relief, you can try using vinegar. Just put equal parts vinegar and water in a bowl. Soak your feet for 15 minutes then dry your feet thoroughly. The acidity of the vinegar kills the fungi and helps soothe itching.
2. Sprinkle baking soda inside your shoes.
Your shoes take a lot longer to dry than you might think. So putting your shoes straight to the closet after taking them off is not a good idea. Wet shoes make for an environment that is loved by fungi. This means that even if your feet are dry but your shoes aren’t, you can still introduce fungi to your feet. One way to keep your shoes dry is to sprinkle baking soda inside them to soak up the remaining moisture.
3. Use antifungal medication.
One of the most common treatments for athlete’s foot and often the first to be recommended by your doctor is antifungal medication. You have different options here as it comes in different forms including powder, sprays, and creams. Antifungal medication works by killing the fungi and preventing them from coming back. Make sure to clean the infected area first and pat it dry before applying the medication. Also follow the instructions on the product label very carefully for the best way to get rid of athlete’s foot.
4. Keep your feet dry.
As said earlier, fungi love moist places. After taking a shower, dry your feet thoroughly, especially the areas between your toes. Do not put on sock or shoes if your feet are still wet. Also wear socks made from natural materials such as cotton, especially if you have sweaty feet.
5. Wash your feet every day.
This one should be common sense and is a must for everyone. If you do not take care of your feet, you allow bacteria, fungi, and other unwelcomed guests to set up camp on your feet. Wash your feet twice daily. If you have sweaty feet, it may have to be more often than that. Clean the areas between your toes and your toenails as well. Remember that if your feet are clean, they become less attractive to fungi.
6. Protect your feet.
Often times, people neglect wearing the right protection for their feet when they are in public places. The poolside, communal showers, and other common areas are the places where one is most likely to get the fungi that cause athlete’s foot. Wear flip flops or waterproof shoes to protect your feet and prevent athlete’s foot.
7. Keep your bathroom clean.
Guess what? Your very own bathroom might be home to fungi, too. It is imperative that you keep your bathroom clean, and all parts of your house for that matter. This is an effective, but usually neglected way to get rid of athlete’s foot.
Around the web:
- What Is Athlete's Foot? What Causes Athlete's Foot?
- Athlete's Foot - Kid's Health
- Athlete's foot - MayoClinic.com
Vickie on May 13, 2017:
I don't have it, but my son does really bad. I hate to see my kids or anyone suffer. How do you do the treatment with vinegar?
saeed on November 28, 2013:
thanks for home tips
Emaly on March 13, 2013:
thanks for the tip it really works
Cliff Mendrez (author) from Philippines on January 09, 2013:
That's great to know, cali. Thanks for reading.
cali on January 09, 2013:
it actually works. thanks
Cliff Mendrez (author) from Philippines on May 03, 2012:
I hope you don't catch those fungi, alocsin. Thanks for reading and I hope this will be of help to you.
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 02, 2012:
Fortunately, I have yet to encounter athlete's foot but in case it does happen, your hub is the first thing I'll consult. Voting this Up and Useful.
Cliff Mendrez (author) from Philippines on April 29, 2012:
Right on! Vinegar has many uses! Thanks for reading!
P. Thorpe Christiansen from Pacific Northwest, USA on April 28, 2012:
Very helpful. I had not idea about the vinegar. That stuff is good for everything. Well done.
Cliff Mendrez (author) from Philippines on April 28, 2012:
Hope it works for you. Thanks for reading!
avantitexan on April 28, 2012:
Had never heard of the vinegar idea, will have to try that one in the future! Thanks for the info!