Guys…give your feet a summer makeover and banish those infections!

Guys…give your feet a summer makeover and banish those infections!

Feet are a real indicator of our general health.

At one point or another, most of us will be afflicted with a nail or foot infection, which can be painful and embarrassing, but very common.

 

Fungal nail infections are very easy to catch. Mostly they are caused by different types of yeast, that live in the surrounding nature, which can usually enter the body through small cracks in your nail or the surrounding skin. Public bathrooms and showers, going to the gym or using the swimming pool are the perfect breeding grounds for this, as the infection loves a moist environment.

If you notice white or yellow spots under your toenails, you may have toenail fungus and if it runs deeper, nail fungus could thicken, discolour and even destroy your nail, with large sections of the nail sometimes falling off. The skin around the nail can also become infected, causing the skin to become itchy, cracked, red or swollen.

Please think twice before you grab prescription medications. The risks involved in taking oral tablets could be devastating. Fungal nail infections can sometimes be difficult to treat, with complete recovery often taking over a year. Also many of the commercially available fungal nail treatments can contain very harsh ingredients, which may kill the fungi but will also damage the new cells instead; so why not try a natural remedy to get rid your toenail fungus?

Most of you may have a useful ingredient in your kitchen cupboard right now…

>> Take equal parts of water and Apple cider vinegar and soak your infected nail in it for half an hour every day. After soaking, completely dry the nails and foot.

>> Mix a few drops of pure tea tree oil with coconut or olive oil. Apply the mixture with a cotton ball on the affected nail. Wait for 10mins and gently scrub the nail with a toothbrush. To get best results, repeat this 2-3 times a day.

Fungal nail infections, are usually caused by the same fungi that cause Athlete’s foot. This type of infection is characterised by a scaly, red rash on the soles and sides of the feet that often itches. Another form of athlete’s foot affects the spaces between the toes and results in skin that appears white due to excess moisture retention. It can be spread to other parts of the body, often the groin and underarms, usually by scratching the infection and touching these areas.

Here are some very common home remedies for treating Athletes foot…

>> Salt – A warm salt-water soak can help get rid of the symptoms of athlete’s foot, including pain, inflammation and itchiness that accompany the condition. This will help keep your feet clean, prevent calluses on your feet and treat Athletes foot in no time.

>> Soak your feet in equal parts of Apple Cider Vinegar and water or a few drops of Tea Tree Oil in a bowl with lukewarm water.

>> Lavender Oil – This oil has more going for it than just a sweet smell. Lavender contains powerful anti-fungal properties that can help treat the infection and its symptoms easily. It helps to keep the skin hydrated, heals the cracked skin on your feet and cures Athletes Foot issues as well.

There are a number of simple steps that you can take to help to prevent contracting a fungal nail or foot infection:

Wear 100% cotton socks and change them whenever they’re damp. Dry your feet properly after a shower, remembering to include between your toes. Make sure your shoes have plenty of room for your feet to move, so that your toes have space to breathe, rather than causing them to get hot and sweaty. Take off your shoes and socks when you’re at home to let your feet air out. Avoid walking barefoot in places where fungal infections can spread easily, such as communal showers, locker rooms and gyms.

 

Desi Petkova