What is Athletes Foot?
Athlete's foot is a very common fungal infection. It affects mostly men and young people attacking the area between the toes, soles of feet fingernails and toenails.
This infection is caused by a fungus called tinea pedis. It lives off the dead skin cells, and thrives in moist, warm places, such as gyms, locker rooms, and swimming pools. The fungus itself is called Trichophyton or ringworm fungus. In fact, it is by far the most common fungal infection of the skin.
The fungus is very contagious and is transmitted by coming into contact with wet floors, or by touching infected shoes or socks. The skin on our feet is constantly being shed, little bits dropping off all the time. If the dead skin is infected with the athlete's foot fungus and someone else walks along the area where this dead skin is, it could stick to their feet and consequently infect the person with the fungus.
It affects mostly men of all ages as well as young people and appears in the area between the toes, on the soles of feet as well as in the fingernails and toenails. This infection, once it takes hold, grows and multiplies particularly in a dark, moist and warm environment. In chronic athlete's foot, the skin of the sides and sole of the foot is pink and scaly and there is no itchiness.
Athlete's foot is very contagious and may easily be picked up when walking barefoot in public places. Up to 70 percent of the population will have athlete's foot at some time during their lives.
Our skin is constantly being shed and this dead skin drops off in small pieces all the time. If such skin contains the athlete's foot fungus, then it can be picked up on the bare feet of others and they in turn can become infected. The infection can be spread to other areas of the body, such as the armpits, knees, elbows and the groin. It is usually called by a different name once it spreads (such as jock itch or tinea cruris for an infection of the skin of the groin).
Don't be confused. Athletes foot can sometimes be confused with dyshydrotic dermatitis, contact or atopic dermatitis, erythrasma and psoriasis.
Symptoms of Athlete's Foot
Athlete's Foot is a rash which appears on the foot but does not always have the same appearance.
Other signs and symptoms include:
- burning sensation on the feet
- bumps on the feet
- cracked, blistered or peeling areas often between the toes and especially the two smaller toes where the rash starts to peel and crack.
- redness and scaling on the soles of the feet
- skin between the toes may look ‘cheesy' and have an unpleasant odor
- a rash that spreads to the instep
- blisters and sometimes there are single, small patches of extremely itchy blisters
- raw skin from scratching (but please try not to scratch!)
Managing Athlete's Foot
Prevention is key so it is important to take the following steps to prevent infection:
- Good hygiene is vital. Keep your feet clean. Wash your feet twice a day with soap and water, and dry them thoroughly. Wash your hands with soap and water after coming into contact with the infected area. After bathing, wash out the tub or shower with an antiseptic cleaner such as Lysol.
- Keep your feet thoroughly dry, especially between your toes. Use a foot powder to keep feet dry. Simple corn starch makes a good foot dusting powder.
- Wear cotton socks, and change your socks daily. Wash socks in the hot water setting of a washing machine. Be sure to rinse the socks thoroughly during laundering, because detergent residue can aggravate your skin problem.
- Don't wear tight, closed-toe shoes. Moisture and heat cause athlete's foot fungus to thrive. Natural materials such as cotton and leather create the best environment for feet, while rubber and even wool may induce sweating and hold moisture.
- Whenever possible, such as during the summer, wear airy shoes such as sandals. Don't go barefoot in public places. Wear slippers or flip-flops.
- Don't share towels, and keep your linens and towels clean.
- To further keep your feet dry, allow them to air-dry for 5 or 10 minutes after a shower.
- Freshen your shoes once a week and keep them clean.
- Remove dead skin as the initial stage of athlete's foot has seemed to settle down, remove any dead skin. This skin contains living fungi that can reinfect you. In the bath tub, vigorously work the entire foot with a bristle scrub brush. Pay special attention to spaces between the toes. Use a small bottle brush or clean toothbrush. If you scrub your feet in the bathtub, shower afterward to wash away any bits of skin that could attack to other parts of the body and start an infection.
- Toenails are favorite breeding spots for the fungi. Scrape the undersides of your toenails clean at least every second or third day. Be sure to use a wooden stick, toothpick, or wooden match instead of a metal nail file, which could scratch the nails and provide niches for the fungus to grow in. The goal in treating athlete's foot is to kill the fungus.
The tinea fungus is contagious and once it takes hold, it can be quite tenacious to get rid of. If you are dealing with athlete's foot now, here are some of the best natural remedies for athlete's foot.
Aromatherapy Remedies for Athletes Foot Treatment
Aromatherapy offers some of the best remedies for Athlete's Foot Treatment and they are in the form of essential oils!
Helpful are essential oils of eucalyptus, lavender, myrrh, patchouli and tea tree and thyme oils and are all beneficial for destroying fungal infection. In fact, they seem to work as well if not better than pharmaceutical anti-fungal products.
Melaleuca alternifolia is the most common natural treatment for athlete's foot. Tea tree oil has anti-fungal properties. Tea tree oil can be applied directly to the skin three times a day, covering the affected area. About 4 to 10 drops is sufficient. Continue for two weeks after the fungal infection seems to have disappeared to ensure that it is eradicated. Tea tree oil also helps with fungal infections of the nails.
Studies have found tea tree oil is an antiseptic and has the ability to kill many bacteria and fungi. Two clinical trials suggest it may help people with athletes foot and be an effective Athlete's Foot Natural Remedy. One study examined the effectiveness of 10 percent tea tree oil cream compared with 1 percent tolnaftate (a medicated topical anti-fungal) and placebo creams in 104 people with athlete's foot.
The tea tree oil and tolnaftate groups showed improvement in scaling, inflammation, itching, and burning compared to the placebo group, however, only the tolnaftate eradicated the fungi more effectively than a placebo.
Tea tree oil can also be mixed with aloe vera gel. About 4 ounces of aloe vera gel to 1/2 teaspoon of tea tree oil can be combined in a spray bottle and applied twice daily. Allow the feet to dry before putting on footwear.
reduces pain, spasms and inflammation, stimulating local blood circulation and the removal of waste products and toxins from the tissues. Eucalyptus helps new tissue to form. This oil has strong anti-fungal, anti-viral and immune stimulating properties.
Caution: do not use along with homeopathic remedies, use only for a week at a time and do not use on babies or young children.
Myrrh is a wonderful pain killer. This antiseptic oil works miracles on cracked skin. Myrrh can speed the healing of eczema. The anti-fungal properties make it just right for a foot bath for athlete's foot, as a vaginal wash for thrush and a very good remedy for pain in Chinese medicine.
This rich, spicy oil so often used for nausea also helps normalize blood pressure either by raises blood pressure by restricting external blood flow, or lowers it by dilating surface blood vessels. This oil is warming and an antiseptic. Patchouli is one of the best for fungal infections on the skin. Especially for athletes foot, chapped, dry skin, acne, eczema and dermatitis.
is one of the most useful medicinal herbs in natural healing. This oil is an antiseptic, disinfectant, antibiotic and strong germicide. Thyme is extremely valuable for fighting infections.
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Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Treatments for Athlete's Foot
Traditional Chinese medicine considers athletes' foot as wind, heat and/or damp patterns. The protocol is to clear heat and damp, and to bring yeast cells under control by decreasing the source that is encouraging them to grow, and strengthen the immune system to prevent their recurrence.
Athlete's foot can be differentiated into three additional patterns: blistering, erosive, and keratinized. All these three patterns have itching and smell.
Blistering is indicated by raised or fluid filled sacks. The erosive pattern is whitish with exudate, generally between the toes, and turns red after scratching.
Keratinized generally is dry and characterized by peeling skin. These types may be present all at the same time or occur one after another.
Healing Athlete's Foot Naturally
Our specially formulated Heal Athletes Foot treatment is 100 percent natural, produced from the highest quality pure natural essential oils extracted from plants. The formula is organic at the source, free from pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers. The effectiveness of our remedy to treat “tinea pedis” – athletes feet – as well as nail fungus is unsurpassed.
How do I use the product?
Heal Athletes Foot is applied topically onto the condition, usually the feet, using a q-tip.
The specially formulated essential oils in our Heal Athletes Foot product has been proven to counteract athlete's foot gently and effectively. The formula is extremely concentrated, with only a few drops per application, athlete's foot or nail fungus will be eliminated.
Complete instructions for use will be included with your product.
Heal Athlete's Foot FAQ
Q. Will your product eliminate athlete's foot permanently?
A. Heal Athletes Foot will completely eliminate the condition. However, the fungus reproduces itself by spores which are kept in ideal conditions. Dead skin is constantly being shed and some of that dead skin will be present in the socks you have worn and washing does not get rid of them. It is advisable to get rid of your socks. We also suggest that you wrap your shoes in a plastic bag and place them in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
Q. How soon will I see results?
A. Results vary from person to person, it may take anywhere from one week to a few weeks to eliminate the condition. However, most people experience instant relief using Heal Athlete's Foot.
Q. Will I need more than one bottle of your formula?
A. This depends on your condition. It is important that you do not run out of formula and interrupt the program. There is 11ml of Heal Athletes Foot product in one bottle, sufficient for over 100 applications. If you have the condition in numerous places on your feet and elsewhere, we suggest you get at least two bottles of formula.
Q. How do I apply the product?
A. Place a few drops on a Q-Tip or use your fingers to apply topically.
Q. Can I use your formula for nail fungus.
A. Heal Athlete's Foot is formulated specifically for nail, toenail and foot fungus
Q. Can I apply the formula to my groin area?
A. In severe cases of athlete's foot the fungus may find it's way to the groin area. Our formula is natural and applied topically, it is formulated to apply to this area.
Q. Is athlete's foot contagious?
A. The fungus is very contagious. We shed skin all the time which usually ends up on the floor. If someone walks on the dead skin, they could be infected with the fungus.
How long does it take to work?
The healing process varies from person to person depending on the severity of the condition.
Heal Athletes Foot will counteract the tinea pedis fungus with no burning or skin irritation. The flaking will stop and the skin will return to normal, leaving no scarring.
Heal Athletes Foot is gentle. It is topically applied three times per day. The product may be used for children from the age of 6 years.
Heal Athletes Foot Testimonials
Guys, you have a great product!
I have been suffering with this damn fungus for a few years and I gotta tell you, I have used all the creams and medicines and all they have done is take bucks out of my pocket.
My wife did some searches on the net looking for information on athlete's foot and found amoils. I must admit, I was skeptic about ordering something I could not see with my own eyes but decided, what the heck, I have tried everything, I got nothing to lose.
The good news, which still amazes me, is that the oils worked. I noticed a huge difference within the first week and within 3 weeks my feet looked like they belonged to me again. 🙂
I followed your advice and sent my socks to the garbage and the athlete's foot has not come back. Never new why they called it “athlete's foot”, I am not an athlete. 🙂
Thanks for a great product and thanks for the great service. You replied to my emails quicker than I could send them.
Paul R – Bohemia, NY.
My son has suffered from athlete's foot for the past year. As he does a lot of sport it has been impossible to get rid of. His shoes were always damp inside and as much as I tried to dry them in the sun, he would grab them and rush off to another practice, they never get a chance to dry.
After reading your information I ordered your Heal Athlete's Foot product and I am happy to report that his problem is over.
In a very short time the itchiness went away and he no longer has this problem. Your instructions were great and worked just the way you said they would.
Thank you for your fantastic oil.
Patricia K. – Miami, Florida.
Our product will eliminate your athlete's foot, as well as nail and toenail fungus, with no skin irritation or scarring.
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