Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that should be seen by a foot doctor. While contagious, Athlete’s foot is very curable and can even be eased with home remedies made from easy-to-find ingredients that many people have in their pantry. One of the simplest cures for Athlete’s foot is a salt water soak.
Allow your feet to soak for 10-15 minutes in a mixture that contains about two cups water and two teaspoons of salt. This can be repeated at regular intervals until the skin no longer peels. Another option is a green tea soak.
Dip about five or six tea bags in boiling water. When the water is lukewarm, soak the feet in the tea water for about 30 minutes and then pat dry. Water can also be mixed with baking soda or mustard oil to create other mixtures that can treat Athlete’s foot.
For more information about how to treat and prevent Athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Bryant A. Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.
Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story
Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.
Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal products
- Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop
Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.