ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — As many as 15 percent of Americans suffer from athlete’s foot, a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes.
Red … Itchy … And irritated. We’re talking about athlete’s foot and you don’t need to be an athlete to get it!
In fact, this common fungal infection can affect anyone. So how do you get rid of it? First try an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream, lotion, powder, or spray. If you’re looking to go the natural route soak your feet in a Listerine and vinegar 50/50 solution. The thymol in the Listerine has anti-fungal properties. Tea tree oil is another popular home treatment for fungus infections. Rub it into your skin twice a day but never drink it. And Vick’s Vapor Rub contains eucalyptus oil and menthol which can fight fungi. One study showed Vick’s reduced athlete’s foot symptoms in more than half of people who applied it.
To prevent the infection, keep feet dry, especially between your toes. Change your socks often, sometimes twice a day. Wear light, well-ventilated shoes. Don’t share shoes. And don’t walk barefoot in public showers, pools, or locker rooms. With ways to keep your feet fungus-free.
Be sure to talk to your doctor before trying any home remedies for athlete’s foot. Some severe cases might require a prescription strength medicine.
Contributor(s) to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; Roque Correa, Videographer and Editor.
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