Athlete’s foot is a common ailment caused by a fungal growth on the feet. This infection mostly occurs when highly contagious fungus Tinea Pedis develops in a skin. The most common area that is infected by this infection is the foot between the toes that mostly remains warm and moist, but it can also spread to the rest of the feet. When this infection develops, it may cause an itchy red rash that begins between fourth and fifth toe. If not treated in its initial stages, skin may become soft and sensitive to touch. In severe cases, the edges of affected area becomes white and even skill may peel away leading to a milky discharge.
Apple cider vinegar can be your savior!
In order to combat this condition, many people have turned to apple cider vinegar. It is the oldest and trusted home remedies for athlete’s foot. Millions of people have been successful in getting rid of this infection throughout the ages. It is made from juice of crushed apples. Yeast and sugar is added to speed up fermentation, which turns sugars in the juice to alcohol. In second fermentation process, acetic acid forming bacteria transforms the alcohol into apple cider vinegar. This vinegar is an highly effective remedy for athlete’s foot. Apple cider vinegar helps in alkalizing the body, and being rich in potassium, it also supports cell growth.
Aside from athlete’s foot, apple cider vinegar is also helpful in treating infections, ear aches, digestion and arthritis. It is also helpful in treating feet damaged by fungus that is responsible for athlete’s foot. It also helps in the detoxification of organs. It is quite inexpensive, so you won’t have to spend huge money for buying apple cider vinegar for treating your athlete’s foot.
The reason why apple cider vinegar is so useful in treating athlete foot is its ability to destroy fungal infection responsible for athlete’s foot from its roots. Apple cider vinegar may have strong odor but it starts acting immediately and reduces itching caused by athlete’s foot. Best thing about this treatment is that this vinegar is available in most of the households.
How to use apple cider vinegar for treating athlete’s foot?
A foot soak of apple cider vinegar is the best and the easiest way to get relief and remove the athlete’s foot fungus. You can make this soak by mixing one part of pure apple cider vinegar in one part of water. Now mix it nicely and soak your feet for about half an hour. Remember to clean your feet with soap and water both before and after this treatment. You should thoroughly dry your feet after the treatment to prevent the growth of fungus because it thrives in moist environment. You can repeat this treatment thrice a day for first week, and then twice a day till you get complete relief.
Depending upon the severity of the infection, you can get rid of this fungus within two or three weeks of this treatment. For less severe cases, you can use a cotton ball or washcloth soaked in apple cider vinegar and rub it all over your affected areas. This treatment works well for kids who may not be interested in sitting for a foot soak. This will also provide instant relief from itchiness. Best thing about this treatment is that it comes without any side effects.
You should take adequate precautions to lessen the exposure of your feet to this virus, because it is much easier to prevent it than curing it. The best way to start is by keeping your feet dry, especially the areas between your toes. Aside from that, you must also ensure that environment in your socks is not conducive for the growth of virus. You should use socks made using wool, cotton, or other natural materials that allow feet to remain dry, and also breathe.
In case your feet sweat, you should continue changing your socks several times throughout the day as this will keep your feet dry and free of fungus. Aside from this, you should also choose shoes that are properly ventilated and remain dry throughout the day. You can also reduce risk of exposure to fungus by wearing waterproof shoes or sandals in bathroom, locker rooms or other damp areas that may host fungus Tinea Pedis.