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Medically known as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot is an annoying and persistent skin problem. It is also among the most common of fungal infections. Typically, the symptoms begin with small, water filled blisters that soon become moist, inflamed patches that burn and itch. The affected skin sometimes also appears as softened white patches that peel off easily. Painful tears in the skin follow. This particular fungus thrives on the dead skin cells of the calloused foot. Flourishing in a damp environment, athlete’s foot tends to settle between the toes, around the toenails and upon calloused areas of the sole.
This could also be a symptom of CANDIDA which is an imbalance of good/bad bacteria in the bowel. This can be a serious condition and must be addressed immediately as other symptoms are severe
Highly contagious when a person’s infection resistance is poor, this fungus is caught from public showers and wet floors used by other athlete’s foot sufferers. Reinfection is common from the use of socks harboring fungal spores. A susceptibility to infection must exist for the fungus to thrive, and this often results from a changed intestinal flora after a dose of antibiotics. Poor hygiene and sweaty feet also produce and environment favorable for the growth of this fungus. Socks and shoes made of synthetic materials hinder air circulation and promote dampness.
A diet rich in the vitamins and minerals needed to support the immune system is important. Eat whole grains and raw fruits and vegetables while avoiding excess sugars and refined food. Eat natural unsweetened yogurt, keifer and other lactic acid fermented foods, such as raw sauerkraut to inhibit the spread of the fungal infection. Garlic is a potent anti fungal agent.
Fungal infections are more likely to occur when the bodys resistance to infection is low. Natural bacteria like Lactobacilllus Acidophilus supplements are essential in the treatment of any candida infection. Taken internally these bacteria combat the growth of fungi everywhere in the body.
Vitamins that increase resistance to skin fungal infections are vitamins A, B Complex and vitamin C. B Vitamins supplements help resolve stubborn fungal infections, while vitamin C strengthens the immune system and Vitamin A supports the health of the skin. Zinc further increases resistance. Add garlic capsules to the diet as garlic has strong anti fungal properties.
Acidophilus – 1 – 3 capsules Zinc with Copper, Garlic – 1 capsule three times a day Vitamin C – 1000 mg three times a day.
Soak feet regularly for thirty minutes in a strong infusion of black walnut or goldenseal root. Medicinal plants have strong antifungal and anti bacterial properties which are effective for alleviating athletes foot.
Tea Tree Oil is also an excellent anti fungal. Add a few drops to water before washing feet.
External Physical Therapies
Fungus thrives in damp, moist conditions. Thoroughly dry the feet, especially between the toes, after showering or swimming. Use a new towel after each bath. A hair dryer is very useful in drying cracks between the toes.
Avoid wearing socks made from synthetic materials, and shoes that hinder air circulation, as these promote dampness.
Walk barefoot wherever possible, get rid of bathmats and wooden shower grids they are breeding grounds for fungus and bacteria.
Be careful not to spread the infection to the groin area which causes jock itch. Put on your socks before your underwear.
Take 4 tablets 4 times daily under the tongue for 1 week. If the tissue salts seem to be working but has not resolved the condition continue using at the same dosage frequently.
Kali Sulph is the principal tissue salt for athletes foot, as well as for many different types of skin conditions. The skin eruptions are watery, yellow and foul, or dry, scaly and peeling. Heat aggravates.
Silicea will often help persistent fungal eruptions that itch, accompanied by perspiration on the feet and hands, and brittle nails. Cold aggravates and warmth improves the condition.
Calc Sulph should be used for thick, yellow discharges when the skin is unhealthy and refuses to heal.