A warm, damp environment such as sweaty feet in running shoes is an ideal place for fungus to grow. Get into the habit of changing your socks mid-workout. Keeping the area dry in order to prevent problems later is a good start.
Dr.Weil M.D suggests for a natural treatment to Athlete’s Foot is “Tea-tree oil will also clear up fungal infections of the toenails or fingernails, conditions that are usually difficult to cure, even with strong systemic antifungals.” He also recommends the following self-care protocols.
- At home, take off your shoes and expose your feet to the air.
- Wear all cotton socks, and change them daily.
- Dry your feet carefully (especially between the toes) after using a locker room or public shower.
- Avoid walking barefoot in public areas. Instead, wear “flip-flops,” sandals or water shoes.
- Throw away worn-out exercise shoes. Never borrow other people’s shoes.
If Athlete’s foot presents itself simply apply 1-3 drops of Melaleuca (tea tree) on a hot compress and place over top affected area.
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