Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a persistent and annoying
fungal infection of the foot. It commonly occurs between the toes and the
toenails but can also occur on other areas of the foot. The skin between
the toes can appear red, cracked, and scaly. Sores and blisters can form on
the soles of the feet and between the toes. The infected areas may burn or
itch. Moisture and warmth provide an environment for this fungus to thrive.
Public or private showers, locker rooms, gym floors, and hotel bathrooms
are common places for a child to contract this fungus. People with sweaty
feet are more susceptible to getting athlete's foot. Some have a natural
resistance to athlete's foot, while others must be more careful with
hygiene. Changing into clean socks reduces the risk of re-infection.
We find that in many cases of chronic athlete's foot, there is an
underlying systemic problem with candidiasis. For more effective therapy in
these cases, it is important to have systemic treatment to eradicate the
fungus. Most cases of athlete's foot can be treated at home. However,
complications can arise when a bacterial infection sets in, along with the
existing fungal infection. If your athlete's foot does not improve with
natural treatment or gets worse, see a doctor for evaluation.
Prescription for Natural Cures
James F. Balch
Super Prescription #1
Tea Tree Oil
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Apply tea tree oil liquid directly to the fungal
infection. For toenail fungus, trim the nails, wash the
feet with soap (tea tree oil soap is a good choice),
and apply as far under the nail as possible. Repeat
daily for six to eight weeks or until the infection is
Super Prescription #2
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Take a 500 mg capsule or the liquid form (as directed
on the container) orally, three times daily with meals.
The tincture variety can also be applied topically.
Oregano oil has a powerful antifungal effect,
internally and externally.
Super Prescription #3
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Take 500 to 1,000 mg of garlic twice daily. Garlic
fights fungal infections and also boosts immune
Super Prescription #4 Grapefruit seed extract
Take 200 mg two to three times daily. Practitioners
rely on this herb for its antifungal properties.
Super Prescription #5
Take 1,000 mg three times daily. This type of fatty
acid has been shown in studies to have antifungal
Super Prescription # 6
Echinacea and Goldenseal
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Take 500 mg or 2 to 4 ml of tincture three times daily.
Both herbs enhance immune function. Echinacea has been
shown to have anti-fungal effects.
Super Prescription #7
Probiotics / Dophilus
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Take a product containing 4 billion active organisms,
twice daily, thirty minutes after a meal. It supplies
friendly bacteria that fight fungus and prevent its
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- Burning, itching, and cracking between the toes and on other places of
- Patches of dry skin
- Yellowish-brown toenails
- Prolonged or frequent use of antibiotics or corticosteroids, leading to a
depletion of good bacteria that normally keep fungus in check
- Poor digestion and elimination
- Depressed immune system (e.g., diabetes)
- A high-sugar diet
- Poor hygiene (feet in a damp environment
For high-density nutrition and immune support, base your meals around fresh
vegetables, whole grains, and quality sources of lean protein, such as
beans, lentils, fish, and organic poultry. To replace friendly bacteria,
eat unsweetened yogurt daily. Make sure the brand you're using has live
yogurt cultures. Sauerkraut and miso are other examples of foods that
contain friendly bacteria.
Vegetable and green drinks will improve your resistance. Drink 8 glasses of
pure water a day to help flush out yeast toxins. Consume 1 to 2 tablespoons
of ground flaxseeds daily. Flaxseeds have antifungal properties.
Foods to Avoid
Fungus feeds on sugar and yeast, so reduce or eliminate obvious sugars in
the diet, such as refined foods, which are likely to be loaded with sugars.
Avoid or reduce the use of fruits and fruit juices during the initial phase
(first month) of treatment. It is especially important to avoid these foods
Calendula tincture or gel can be applied to the affected area in-between
treatments of tea tree oil. This herb has an antiseptic effect and promotes
skin healing. A high-potency multivitamin provides the many nutrients
needed to support immune function. Take as directed on the container.
Vitamin C is used to enhance immune function. Take 1,000 mg two to three
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