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Home Remedies for Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot, known medically as tinea pedis, is a contagious fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. It can also spread to the toenails and the hands. The fungal infection is called athlete’s foot because it’s commonly seen in athletes. It is as also known as tinea pedi and ringworm of the foot. The fungus that causes athlete's foot is called Trichophyton and is commonly found on floors and in clothing.

Athlete’s foot isn’t serious, but sometimes it’s hard to cure. If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system and suspect you have athlete’s foot, you should call your doctor right away.However, up to 70 percent of people will, at some point, develop athlete's foot.

Common Signs and Symptoms

There are many possible symptoms of athlete’s foot, which include:

  •   Blisters on your feet that itch
  •   Itching, stinging, and burning between your toes or on soles of your feet
  •   Dry skin on your soles or sides of your feet
  •   Cracking and peeling skin on your feet, most commonly between your toes and on your soles
  •   Raw skin on your feet
  •   Discolored, thick, and crumbly toenails
  •   Toenails that pull away from the nail bed

Home Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar, with its anti-inflammatory properties, can prove to be quite useful in reducing the inflammation and pain. It also helps in destroying the fungal infection responsible for causing athlete’s foot with its antifungal properties.

How to used it:
  1.   Take two cups of warm water in a bowl and add half a cup of apple cider vinegar to it.
  2.   Soak your feet in this solution for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3.   Pat your feet dry.


Garlic contains compounds like ajoene and allicin, which impart antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties to it. This is why its topical application works wonders in getting rid of athlete’s food and its painful symptoms.

How to used it:
  1.   Take two cloves of peeled garlic and mince them to form a thick paste.
  2.   Add two to three drops of olive oil to this paste and mix well.
  3.   Apply this paste to the affected areas.
  4.   Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes, after which you can wash it off with water.


Ginger is another herb that can be used to treat athlete’s foot. It exhibits antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help to get rid of the inflammation and bad odor associated with the condition.

How to used it:
  1.   Add some cut ginger to a cup of water.
  2.   Allow it to boil and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes.
  3.   Strain and let it cool for a while.
  4.   Apply a few drops of this solution to the affected area.


Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which possesses remarkable antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat athlete’s foot.

How to used it:
  1.   Take a teaspoon of turmeric powder and add a few drops of water to it to make a paste.
  2.   Apply the paste to the affected foot.
  3.   Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and wash it off with water.

Useful Tips

  •   Wash your feet with soap and water daily (the temperature of the water should be 60ºC or higher to kill the fungus).
  •   Dry your feet after every wash.
  •   Apply the antifungal powder prescribed by your doctor on your feet daily.
  •   Do not share your shoes, socks, and towels with others.
  •   Wear socks made of breathable fibers like cotton.
  •   Change your socks daily, especially if your feet tend to get sweaty easily.
  •   Alternate between two pairs of shoes. This is to give each pair ample time to dry before it is used again.