How to Treat and Cure Athlete's Foot Fungus

There are many possible ways to treat athlete's foot fungus. Some of the cures are natural home remedies. Some treatments use over-the-counter medications. And some require seeing a physician. Whether you use a traditional or natural remedy, the most important thing is to start treatment as soon as the first symptoms of foot fungus appear.

For traditional treatment of athlete's foot:

At the first sign of the itching or burning of athlete's foot, start using an anti-fungal athlete’s foot powder in your shoes and socks. At night use one of the many anti-fungal creams that are available over-the-counter.

Some names for nonprescription antifungals are Medline and Tinactin. They are available in many forms such as spray, ointments and/or powder. All are topical medicines in that they are applied to the skin. And you may find that one works better for you than another as they all have different active ingredients.

Use these treatments for at least 4 weeks. Even if the symptoms go away, there could still be some athlete's foot fungus remaining.

If you are not sure which to use, ask your pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment with nonprescription antifungals will usually cure mild athlete's foot that is caught early.

If the symptoms do not go away after 4 weeks see a health care professional. However, if the symptom worsen or there is redness or swelling, do not wait. See a health care professional immediately.

For natural treatment of athlete's foot:

For a natural anti-fungal powder, you can use boric acid powder. Boric acid powder is a strong antifungal agent and the powder serves a dual purpose of killing the fungus and keeping your feet dry.

White vinegar is also used as a natural cure for foot fungus. You’ll need something large enough to hold a gallon of water and your feet. To the water, add half a cup of white vinegar. Soak your feet for about 10-15 minutes and do that twice a day. Let your feet air dry.

Tea tree oil is a natural remedy for athlete's foot fungus. Wet a q-tip with the oil and thoroughly saturate the affected skin. Then let your feet air dry. Repeat daily for up to a week. Use care with the tea tree oil, if you have sensitive skin, as people have been known to develop a rash from it.

After any of the natural treatments, use the boric acid powder to keep your feet dry.

Whether you use a traditional or natural remedy for your foot fungus, if the area becomes worse, if it becomes painful, bleeds, red, or infected, see a health care professional for treatment. The skin affected by athlete's foot can leave your body open to infection to the point where an antibiotic might be required.

Also, more serious athlete's foot infections, including the moccasin type, are usually treated with an oral antifungal medication. Since all oral antifungal medications can affect the liver, your doctor will probably perform monthly blood tests to evaluate liver function.

Never ignore the symptoms of athlete's foot fungus. They will not go away by itself.

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