Here’s how to treat athlete’s foot at home and prevent it from happening again

Athlete’s foot is the common name for a fungal infection that can form between toes and leave your feet dry, itchy, scaly, cracked, and red. Athlete’s foot is very contagious. The infection usually starts in moist, damp environments, such as public showers, swimming pools, or locker rooms. Once you’ve acquired athlete’s foot, it can be very tough to get rid of—but don’t be discouraged. There are plenty of remedies you can use to help clear the infection and stop that annoying itch. Over-the-counter sprays and creams are always an option, but it’s a good possibility you have a few cures already in your cabinets at home, too.

 Tea Tree Oil

Applied topically to the affected areas, tea tree oil works to eliminate fungal infections. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of olive oil, and apply to the affected area twice a day for two to three weeks or until the infection goes away.

Lemon Water

Lemon is a natural disinfectant with anti-fungal properties. To treat athlete’s foot, simply rinse your feet with lemon water two to three times per day. Not only will a lemon water rinse help keep your feet free of fungus and bacteria, as a bonus, it will make them smell better as well.


A warm cinnamon water soak is another soothing remedy that will lightly scent your feet while fighting off infection. Boil enough water to allow you to comfortably submerge your feet in a large pot. Add a few whole cinnamon sticks or a couple of bags of cinnamon tea. Let the water cool until it’s pleasant to the touch, and then soak your feet in the cinnamon water for a few minutes every night.



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