How to Get Rid of This Common and Incredibly Itchy Fungal Infection
(By Sixwise) Athlete's foot is one of the most common skin infections around, and usually attacks your feet in the dark, damp areas between your toes. Feet fungus, of course, love moist environments of all kinds, including showers, swimming pools and locker rooms, the latter of which is why this infection got the name "athlete's foot."
Top Symptoms of Athlete's Foot
Itching, stinging or burning between your toes or on the soles of your feet Itchy blisters
Cracking and peeling skin between your toes and on the soles of your feet Excessively dry skin on the bottoms or sides of your feet Thick, crumbly toenails that are discoloured or pulling away from the nail bed Not all skin irritations on your feet are athlete's foot, however. Eczema, psoriasis or even a reaction to dyes or adhesives in your shoes can cause similar symptoms. Causes of Athlete's Foot Athlete's foot is contagious and spreads easily from person to person. You can catch it by skin-to-skin contact with an infected person (it's possible to carry the fungus that causes athlete's foot and not have any symptoms) or by touching an object that carries the fungus. You may also be at a higher risk of getting athlete's foot if you are a man, have a weakened immune system or wear damp socks (which encourage the fungus to grow). Further, once you've had athlete's foot, you're more likely to get it again. Treating Athlete's Foot Naturally Athlete's foot can be incredibly uncomfortable and even painful in serious cases, so you will want a treatment that works fast as well as effectively, and for this Sixwise.com highly recommends Kolorex® Foot & Toe Care Cream. Kolorex is a natural formula made with Horopito, a powerful anti-fungal herb that grows only in New Zealand and has been used since ancient times to relieve skin diseases. Kolorex contains the strongest HoropitoTMextract (kolorXtract-50TM) for rapid relief of problems associated with foot and toe fungi. In addition, this formulation contains lemon tea tree oil for deep down cleansing, Apricot kernel oil to soothe, Aloe extract to replenish and natural source Vitamin E to condition problem skin. Plus, Kolorex® Foot & Toe Care Cream is free from synthetic preservatives, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, parabens and animal products -- it is completely natural! Eight More Natural Tips for Treating and Preventing Athlete's Foot Although the fungus that causes athlete's foot is very easy to pick up, a bit of good foot hygiene can go a long way toward preventing this infection: 1. Wash your feet with soap and water daily 2. Dry your feet carefully, especially between your toes 3. Change your socks regularly to decrease moisture, especially if you perspire a lot 4. Wear socks made from natural materials like cotton or wool, or those made from a synthetic material that is designed to wick moisture from your fee 5. Try a daily foot powder to keep your feet dry 6. Wear light, airy, well-ventilated shoes, and alternate your shoes often so they have time to dry thoroughly 7. Avoid walking barefoot in communal showers, pools, fitness centers and locker rooms 8. Don't borrow shoes as you could pick up a fungal infection
If you suspect you have athlete's foot and it does not improve within two weeks of self-care, see a podiatrist to find out if a fungus is really the source of your problem