What is athlete's foot?
Athlete's foot is a very common skin infection of the foot caused by fungus. It is often found between the toes, although it can spread to the rest of the foot, and sometimes to other parts of the body.
- Cracked, flaking and peeling skin between the toes may occur
- An itchy, red rash, which can burn and sting, which often starts between the toes
- Blisters can occur. If these burst, they can cause pain and swelling.
- If left untreated, the infection can spread to the rest of the foot and in some cases to other parts of the body.
What causes athlete's foot?
The fungus that causes athlete's foot can be picked up from floors in gyms, locker rooms, swimming pools, nail salons, and in socks and clothing. The fungus can also be spread directly from person to person or by contact with these objects. In some cases it can be related to a fungi infection in the digestive system called Candida. If a person has an overgrowth of Candida in the digestive system it can often spread to exterior parts of the body. Candida overgrowth is extremely harmful to the body and should be corrected straight away.
We all have one or more of the fungi which cause athlete's foot living on our bodies. These fungi survive on dead skin cells found on the skin, nails and hair. They grow best in dark, damp places with poor ventilation. They are usually harmless, and don't cause athlete's foot unless conditions are right. These conditions include having sweaty feet, wearing tight shoes, and wearing socks that don't absorb moisture. It is also extremely important to dry your feet properly after swimming or washing.
Tea Tree Oil: The very effective natural way to help heal athlete's foot
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and is excellent when treating bacterial and fungal infections all over the body. It is very effective as an anti-fungal lotion for topical use for athlete's foot or nail infections if used regularly. Tea tree oil is used in many commercial preparations for acne, skin breakouts, cuts, wounds, dandruff, lice and scabies infections, bad breath, and thrush. Make it into a balm and use it for mild to moderate acne. It will help to reduces pulsates and inflammations without the drying and flaky effect caused by many over the counter preparations.
Is athlete's foot contagious?
In a lot of cases of athlete's foot can be contagious and can be spread from person to person. However, many people, often husband and wife using the same showers and bathrooms year after year have not transmitted the fungi between them. Some people seem to be more prone to fungi skin infections than others.
How to prevent athlete's foot.
Avoid wearing nylon socks as the feet are unable to breathe properly in nylon, making the feet sweat and creating the perfect, warm moist conditions that fungi thrive in. The same goes for shoes. Make sure that you wear breathable shoes. Wash your feet at least daily and dry them well. If you keep your feet dry, the fungi from athlete's foot will have a hard time enjoying you. In public swimming pools and shower etc. wear flip flops.
Tea tree oil is readily available as an essential oil.
Note: Do not use full strength tea tree oil on skin as it can cause contact dermatitis.
Do not take tea tree oil internally and out of the reach of children.
For athlete’s foot or any of the above complaints: Add five to seven drops of tea tree oil to about 15ml (one tablespoon) mixing oil (olive oil) and apply to infected area. Apply twice a day consecutively for several days.