Picked up in warm, damp places such as public pools, showers, or locker rooms the tinea pedis fungus, is known most commonly as “athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is a highly contagious, persistent ailment caused by fungal growth on the feet. Often the most affected area is between the toes, where it is especially warm and moist; however, the infection may spread to all areas of the foot.
An itchy red section between the toes is the first sign of athlete’s foot, typically beginning between the fourth and fifth toe. The skin may become very sensitive to the touch if the infection is allowed to spread and worsen. In the most severe cases, the edges of the infected area will become white and the skin can produce peel away. Large cracks may develop in the skin as the athlete’s foot infection advances, making the body vulnerable to additional bacterial infections. It is possible for the infection to be transmitted to other parts of the body by excessive scratching or tainted bedding, socks or shoes.
Athlete’s foot is usually addressed with a variety of prescription medications, either oral or topical. These medications can be often be costly and may come with side effects. Some people prefer to use natural remedies known to fight the problem instead. Because the single most important thing you can do to rid the body of athlete’s foot is to control the moisture of the feet, one option is to use a natural mixture of powders that both dry the feet and combat the infection.
A great herbal powder used to fight athlete’s foot fungal infection is made with a clay powder base. This substance is naturally absorbs moisture and provides a beneficial coating on the foot. Added to the clay is pau d’arco bark powder.
Because being proactive against athlete’s foot it typically much easier than eradicating it it, it is wise to take some common sense precautions to lessen your exposure to the fungus. The most important 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. 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 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. These significant precautions along with gentle, natural remedies should end the redness, itching, and burning that are common symptoms of athlete’s foot.