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Do You Suffer From Athlete’s Foot or Smelly Feet? Read on for Natural Remedies that can help

Athlete’s Foot 

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes of your feet and causes the skin to become dry, sensitive, and itchy. It commonly occurs in people whose feet have become very sweaty whilst in tight-fitting shoes.  Damp sweaty socks and shoes and warm, humid conditions help the bacteria to grow.

It can also be picked up by being barefoot in public places, such as in gyms or swimming pools via contaminated floors, towels or clothing.


Symptoms of athlete’s foot include :-

  • Itchy white patches between your toes
  • Red, sore and flaky patches on your feet
  • Skin that may crack and bleed

It can also affect your soles or sides of your feet. If it’s not treated, it can spread to your toenails and cause a fungal nail infection.  You also need to be careful if you touch your feet with your hands and wash them straight away as it can spread to your hands or other areas of your body.

Natural Remedies for Athlete’s Foot

  • Soak your feet in a water and tea tree oil solution 1 or 2 a day for 2 weeks (do not use tea tree neat on your skin, add a couple of drops to a bowl containing warm water.  Disinfect bowl in between uses)
  • Treat all shoes with tea tree oil and leave to dry in fresh air
  • After washing feet, make sure areas in between toes are dry and then spray with Avon’s Skin So Soft  (green version) for 2 weeks before putting on clean socks.  Spray shoes with Skin So Soft too and allow to dry in fresh air.  Skin So Soft is also a fab mosquito and bug deterrent that I have used during many holiday trips – highly recommended!
  • Soak feet every day in Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (containing the “mother”) solution (1 part vinegar to 2 parts warm water) for at least 20 mins. Ensure feet are dry and massage in coconut oil
  • After washing your feet using soap and water, dry feet well.  Then rub Vicks VapoRub on the affected areas, cover with clean socks and leave overnight before rinsing off the next morning.  Repeat for 7-10 days for minor infections.  Vicks VapoRub contains menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oils which make it an effective remedy to fungal infections.
  • Protect your feet in public places such as pools or changing rooms using waterproof sandels or flip-flops 

Smelly Feet

Smelly feet aren’t nice for anyone and whilst personal hygiene is key, the bad odour can occur when you wear the same shoes on a daily basis without changing them.  Feet sweat when they are in a confined area and your shoes and socks will become damp.  If you do not allow you shoes to dry out before you wear them again, it can cause a nasty smell.

Natural Remedies for Smelly Feet

  • Wash your feet regularly and make sure they are dry especially in between toes.
  • Soak feet every day in Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (containing the “mother”) solution (1 part vinegar to 2 parts warm water) for at least 20mins.  Vinegar can disinfect the feet and helps to eliminate or reduce foot odour by getting rid of the bacteria that makes them smell.
  • Change shoes daily, allowing them to dry out completely in between wears.  Look for leather or canvas shoes which are more breathable than those made from synthetic materials.
  • Change your socks at least once a day.  Choose cotton or wool socks if possible to allow your feet to breathe.

* Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash

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