Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a common fungus that thrives in warm, humid conditions. It is called athlete’s foot because it is a common ailment in locker rooms or public swimming areas, and is often spread by going barefoot in damp places. That being said, it is highly contagious and can also thrive in your own home in the shower or bathrooms tiles.
The symptoms of athlete’s foot are characterized by itchy or burning toes/feet, excessive peeling skin on the feet/toes, scaling, and pink or raw skin on the feet. When the blisters burst, this can become quite painful. These symptoms most commonly occur between the toes and on the soles of the feet.
There are, of course, a number of over-the-counter ointments or sprays that you can turn to when your feet start to burn, but tea tree oil is an all-natural solution that works just as well (or better – and faster) than the typical anti-fungal medicines.
To treat athlete’s foot with tea tree oil:
- Place 5 drops of the carrier oil of choice on a cotton ball – almond oil is a good one.
- Add 5 drops of tea tree oil.
- Rub the cotton ball on the affected areas of your feet.
- To protect your feet and help the tea tree oil work its magic, put on a pair of clean cotton socks.
- For best results, repeat the process a few times a day, using a clean pair of socks each time.
To make a batch for easy use, mix equal parts carrier oil and tea tree oil in a dark or amber-coloured glass bottle (to help ensure a long life). When ready to use, shake well and apply as above. Store it in a cool, dark place, such as your bathroom cabinet.
A tea tree oil foot soak is also a good way to not only prevent the fungus but also to speed up the healing process. Fill your foot bath or bathtub (partially) and add 10 drops each of tea tree oil and lavender oil, then soak your feet. Remember to dry your feet well, especially between your toes. Repeat this once daily to speed up healing.
To help prevent athlete’s foot from taking hold, be sure to clean feet well after visiting a public pool, and make sure feet are dry. Also make sure feet are dry before putting on socks, especially during the warm summer months. Consider wearing flip-flops when using public showers. Disinfect any shoes that you think may have come in contact with the fungus.
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