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 by James F. Balch and Mark Stengler
Super Prescription #1 Tea Tree Oil - LifeSource Product
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 cleared.
Super Prescription #2 Oregano Oil - LifeSource Product
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 Garlic - LifeSource Product
Take 500 to 1,000 mg of garlic twice daily. Garlic fights fungal infections and also boosts immune strength.
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 Caprylic acid
Take 1,000 mg three times daily. This type of fatty acid has been shown in studies to have antifungal properties.
Super Prescription # 6 Echinacea and Goldenseal - LifeSource Products - See All of our Echinacea/Goldenseal
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 - LifeSource Product
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 overgrowth.
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Burning, itching, and cracking between
the toes and on other places of the foot
Patches of dry skin
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
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 between meals.
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 times daily.
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