If you’ve got an itch on your foot that
you can’t help scratching, then you might have a dreaded case of athlete’s foot. But there’s no need to worry
because here are five ways that you can treat yourself—no doctor and no prescriptions
Head over to the
Your best cure for athlete’s foot might
be available at your local grocery mart or drug store. Look for creams and ointments that contain clotrimazole
or miconazole as their active ingredient. These are topical creams that can be directly applied to the
All you need to do is reapply the cream
after you shower to clean, dry feet, and then cover with a pair of cotton socks. The cream should be reapplied
two to three times a day after that for about two to three weeks.
Going the natural
Another great way to treat athlete’s
foot is like the store method, but with a more natural oil. Tea tree oil is known for its antifungal properties
and works to destroy the fungus on the feet.
You’ll need to start with clean and dry
feet and then apply the oil to the affected areas. You can do this several times a day for as long as it takes
to cure the symptoms.
And it makes your feet smell
Cures from the
When you want to get rid of your
athlete’s foot, you may just have to open up a few cupboards. Both baking soda and vinegar have been shown to
help with treating this fungal condition—though not at the same time.
For the baking soda, you can soak the
feet in a mixture of the powder and warm water. And if you have apple cider vinegar around, use that instead of
the baking soda.
Getting your feet clean of
Some will tell you that soaking your
feet in bleach is also a good alternative for treating athlete’s foot. However, this must be done carefully or
you might injure your feet. You should only use two tablespoons of regular laundry bleach in a gallon of warm
Soak your feet for ten minutes and you
can see results within a week’s time.
Scaring away the itchiness and
And while garlic is great for vampires,
it’s even better for athlete’s foot. This is because the antibiotic ingredients in the garlic help to cure the
infection. Just rub a clove of garlic (one that’s been cut in half) over the affected area a few times per
But with all these ways of treating
athlete’s foot, the best advice is to avoid getting it in the first place. Make sure that your feet are kept dry
and avoid walking on your bare feet in conditions that are likely to harbour the fungus—public showers and shoe
stores where you try on the shoes without a barrier.
And of course, good hygiene will always
keep your feet clean and happy, and hopefully free from itching.