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Goodbye to athlete's foot

How to avoid and treat this common disorder

Foot fungus or athlete's foot lurks in periods of greater heat and humidity. With a few precautions plus the use of home remedies, this disorder can be avoided and reversed. The heat not only exhausts our energy and makes our mood feverish, but the weather is also conducive to foot fungal infections, which are more common these days due to the increase in sweating and humidity that helps bacteria spread. reproduce, a factor added to the greater number of visits to spaces such as swimming pools, beaches or gyms where barefoot people encourage the spread of these discomforts.

One of the most important symptoms that warns us of a possible case of fungus is the variation in the texture and color of the nails. Although the fungus usually appears on the nails (they appear gnawed), they are also present between the fingers and other parts of the foot, making the skin look drier (it even cracks) and tends to itch, notes the naturopath and acupuncturist. José Vicente Arnau.

If you have the slightest suspicion, you should always go to the podiatrist or specialist since the sooner you start treatment, the easier it will be to combat foot fungus. Likewise, the specialist comments, the treatments or natural remedies for foot fungus should be followed for several months since it must be taken into account that the growth of the nail is very slow and therefore the changes will take months to be observed ( however long it takes to completely change the nail).


To solve this annoying condition, it is essential to understand that fungi need heat, humidity and darkness to reproduce. Given this, the consulted specialist suggests:

• Wear footwear that allows your feet to breathe well; Made with natural and freshest materials possible (cotton, linen, etc.). Many people notice that during hot periods their feet sweat less with short socks.

• It is vital to walk barefoot whenever possible so that the feet can air out; however, this must be done on clean floors that have been properly sanitized with cleaning products.

• Bathing your feet in the sea or with water and salt helps. However, be very careful with sunbathing directly on the beach sand as this represents a “nest” of fungi (dry and hot on top and humid on the bottom). It is suggested that we stretch out on a towel or mat and dry ourselves very well first.

• Periodically putting your shoes in the sun helps combat humidity and darkness (factors that reproduce fungi).

• Dry your feet very well after bathing.

• Always use the same towel and do not share it with third parties since foot fungus has a high level of contagion.

• In gyms or community showers it is essential to wear sandals.

• Avoid shoes that squeeze the feet too much, preventing blood circulation and normal ventilation of the foot. We have to avoid excess sweating accumulated in this area. Also, rubber shoes are not recommended. The use of sports shoes should only be used for sports.

• Wear clean, cotton socks so that they absorb moisture well. Change them often in case you are prone to this problem.

• Put talcum powder between your fingers to keep them dry.

• For this area, use a soap based on sulfur or tea tree, rich in fungicidal properties.

• To avoid infecting the rest of the family, after bathing, pour very hot water or chlorine in the shower.


Although diet normally has little relationship with foot fungus or athlete's foot, it is worth following the general guidelines to avoid fungus in the body and therefore it is advisable not to abuse foods rich in yeast (vinegar, beer, bread, etc.) or with a lot of sugar since it also favors the growth of fungi.

Likewise, it is recommended to add ginger to meals because its contribution of caprylic acid helps combat foot fungus or athlete's foot; We can also take it as an infusion twice a day. It is also suggested to add garlic to meals or take it in the form of drops, capsules or tablets, which helps our body get rid of fungi and parasites. Its antifungal effect is very powerful. Finally, we can take a multivitamin and mineral (without yeast) to nourish the nails.


• Soak your feet in warm water (1 liter) with about 300 milliliters of mouthwash for approximately 20 minutes.

• Another home remedy is to use warm water, vinegar and baking soda, and soak your feet for 20 minutes.

• If the fungi resist, you can increase the amount of vinegar and the temperature of the water, and add about four drops of chlorine, but remember to be constant and keep the socks clean so as not to become contaminated again.

• After bathing, dry your feet well and put on a little Vick Vaporub cream, which our grandmothers placed on our chests for coughs.

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