How to Get Rid of Foot Fungus with Home Remedies
The feet are a body part that many people neglect. However, they are an important part of our body and that is why we must care for them and keep them healthy. Feet aesthetics are also important: just imagine a beautiful pair of sandals being worn by ugly neglected feet!. Some oversights cause fungi to grow on on our feet. Fungi can be quite uncomfortable as they produce itching, excessive sweating, odour, etc. So, if you have neglected your feet do not worry, as OneHowTo.com will show you how to get rid of foot fungus with home remedies.
Thoroughly wash your feet
When you take your daily bath make sure to wash your feet very well to remove all the dirt and bacteria. This will stop fungus formation and that bad smell. Brush the soles, sides, nails and in between toes, then rinse with water to remove all traces of soap. You should also take into account that it's better to use anti-bacterial soap for this area.
Thoroughly dry your feet
No matter how rushed you are, after washing your feet take some time to dry them properly and especially between the toes. Avoid leaving them damp as this favors fungi growth, creating the ideal environment for these unsightly hosts.
Place your feet in water mixed with bleach
Mix in a bowl of warm water a capful of bleach and submerge your feet for 30 minutes, then dry them well. Repeat the procedure for two weeks every two days and then once a week to avoid the fungus returning. Chlorine dries out the skin so you will need to moisturize them at night, even though this is a simple way to kill fungus and improve your feet's health.
Apple cider vinegar
You can also try to eliminate foot fungus soaking a cotton wool ball in apple cider vinegar and pressing it gently on the affected area for 20 minutes. As with chlorine, vinegar has the ability to reduce fungus and avoid their proliferation.
Use adequate socks
Use cotton socks and change them every day. If your feet sweat a lot change them several times a day. It's important that the material your socks are made of allows your feet to breathe properly, preventing excess sweat. Remember humidity and heat are ideal for fungus to grow.
If you have foot fungus it is more than likely that they also spread in the shoes, so change them or wash them thoroughly to remove bacteria, then apply some talc powder in them. Moreover, it's important to take into account that the best shoes to prevent fungus are those made out of leather, as they allow transpiration of your feet. Plastic and synthetic material increase sweating.
This is known as an onychomycosis invasion of nail fungus, a condition that causes the feet to appear unpleasant and brings out yellow spots. This commonly occurs in the toenails, although fungi may also appear on the hands. If this is your case, take a look at our article on how to treat fungal nail infections.
Once your feet are cured and fungus-free you must take some methods into account in order to avoid the fungus' reappearance with the bacteria that caused your previous infection. Next, we give you some tips to avoid these fungus, so take note:
- Use proper shoes: Avoid plastic footwear or made of synthetic fabric and choose those with natural material.
- Dry your feet: After every shower you should dry your feet with towels to avoid humidity from accumulating in a certain area; remember that fungus appears due to humidity so make sure you care for your feet when you wash them.
- Talcum powder: To avoid seating and the appearance of humidity, add some talcum powder to your feet after every shower.
- Don't walk bare-footed: Try not to go bare-footed, especially in public areas such as public showers or swimming pools. Fungus are highly contagious and if someone has some you could also catch them.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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