Tinea pedis, more regularly known as athlete’s foot, is a common skin condition caused by the spread of fungus on the feet. The infection is typically caused when the feet come into contact with fungus growing on a damp surface, such as that of a locker room or shower floor. Because fungus thrives in moist, warm places, the area between the toes is especially susceptible to athlete’s foot; however, the fungus may also spread to the rest of the foot. When the fungal infection is given a chance to grow, it may result in an itchy red rash; more severe cases may exhibit blisters, peeling skin and an unpleasant odor.
Although there are many remedies to combat athlete’s foot, many come with undesirable side effects, so it is beneficial to a natural remedy to fight the bacteria and return your skin to a healthy state. Many natural remedies are also cost effective and do not contain harsh chemicals and unnecessary additives. One of the most common natural remedies for athlete’s foot is myrrh.
Myrrh is a mixture of volatile oil, gum and resin and originated in Ethiopia, Somalia, and the Arabian Peninsula. It has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for a host of ailments. Myrrh can be found in the contemporary market in commercial mouthwashes, soaps, and cosmetics.
Myrrh is a bitter, pungent herb known for its stimulating effect on the senses. Often it is used to rejuvenate and invigorate tired bodies and minds. It has been used on cuts, scrapes, and other minor skin wounds and irritations because of it’s effectiveness as a fighter of infection. Myrrh increases circulation, supports the immune system, and supports respiratory health. Not only does myrrh lessen the chance of infection and speed healing, it also resists fungus.
Myrrh can make a substantial difference in the overall health of skin that is infected with tinea pedis. Because it is not soluble in water, a tincture made from myrrh is the most effective against athlete’s foot. Simply rub the infected area of the foot with myrrh and not only will it work to destroy the fungus that has caused the athlete’s foot, it also has a slight anesthetizing effect, which serves to relieve the painful itching that often accompanies the condition. Please note that it is wise to maintain clean skin by gently cleansing the skin twice daily with at mild soap, especially prior to using myrrh. Do not scrub or vigorously rub the skin as this typically irritates the afflicted area and may spread the infection. It is always recommended that the infected skin be thoroughly dried after cleansing to discourage new fungal growth.
There are no known adverse side effects associated with myrrh. It may be ingested; however a topical remedy is preferred for this condition. Although myrrh is much gentler than many chemical options for athlete’s foot, it may irritate sensitive skin, especially around the eyes and vaginal area. Before using this product it is wise to do an allergy test by swabbing some of the myrrh on the inner arm. If the skin becomes red, swollen, or itchy, do not use on other parts of the body.
Being proactive against athlete’s foot is typically much easier than getting rid of it, it is sensible to take some precautions to lessen your exposure to the fungus. It is important to reduce the risk of exposure by wearing waterproof sandals or shoes in public showers, locker rooms, and any other warm damp place that may host tinea pedis. The most vital step you can take is to keep the feet dry, especially between the toes. Ensure that the environment in your socks is inhospitable to fungal growth by making sure that there is no moisture present. Socks that are made of cotton, wool, or other natural materials allow feet to breathe and remain dry. If your feet commonly sweat, see that your socks remain clean and dry, even if this means changing socks during the day. Choose shoes that are well ventilated and give them a chance to dry out before wearing them again. It is also vital to immediately fight any case of athlete’s foot at the first sign to reduce both the discomfort and the healing time. Addressing existing cases of athlete’s foot with myrrh and following these general rules to maintain dry, healthy feet is a sure way to eliminate the fungus that causes athlete’s foot.