The fungal infection affects toenails more commonly than fingernails. This infection is most common in professional athletes, due to excessive sweating during long and hard workouts, hence the name athlete’s foot. Although the athletes are the first to think about when it comes to the athlete’s foot, it is a more widespread phenomenon, which affects a large part of the population. Fungal infection can be very uncomfortable and can have a negative impact on your daily activities. It is not just an instant discomfort and inconvenience, but can cause a very uncomfortable pain in the affected area.
Solutions for this kind of problem certainly exist. There is a variety of expensive pharmaceutical preparations as well as natural products that you can prepare on your own, at home. Besides garlic, which is considered to be the best antiseptic, many herbs like sage and also numerous kitchen spices can help you fight these types of infections. We suggest that you stay with us, because we have prepared some great recipes.
What are the first symptoms of fungal infection?
The fungal infection usually affects the soles, toenails and the space between the toes. The very first symptoms of the athlete’s foot are unpleasant itching, tingling sensation and peeling of the skin, as well as an unpleasant foot odor. It is believed that athletes are most susceptible to this type of infection because their feet sweat more often and their locker rooms are an excellent basis for the infection development. Moisture is actually a true paradise for occurrence and further development of the fungus on the feet, which are very easily transmitted.
It all starts with itching and irritation in the place between the little toe and the ring toe, where the fungal infection is further transferred to the toenails and soles of the feet. Cracked skin with accompanying small blisters may occur rarely and if the blisters burst, they cause far greater problems – the sores that do not heal easily and quickly.
So, keep in mind that it is enough to catch the fungal infection if you just walk barefoot in the room after the infected person, or get in direct contact with his/her skin and get yourself infected. For this reason, be sure to always wear slippers while walking along the pool edge if you are looking for refreshment during hot summer days there. The fungal foot infection can be transmitted from animals to humans as well, so be especially careful if you live in the countryside and if you are in touch with the farm animals on a daily basis.
The fungal infection does not affect feet only
Although this infection is usually associated with feet, it can also affect other body parts – it causes hair loss and if it attacks the groin area, there is a possibility to cause skin thickening, redness and intense itching. A particular problem may be the spread of the infection to the toenails. Whilst the fungal skin infection is relatively easy to treat, the one affecting toenails is significantly more persistent and more difficult to treat and get rid of.
How to prevent fungal infections from spreading
• Wash your hands with soap and water regularly, every time right after you have touched an area that may be infected.
• After showering clean the shower thoroughly and clean the bathtub with strong antiseptic.
• Make sure you don’t use linens or towels used by other family members, so they don’t become infected.
• Your feet should always be clean and dry, since moist environment is suitable for fungus propagation.
• Use only cotton socks, but never wear the same pair for several days in a row.
• Also, it is not recommended to wear the same pair of shoes for more than a couple of days in a row. Leave them in the fresh air overnight, so that air can ventilate and dry your shoes.
Natural home remedies for toe fungus
Homemade calendula cream
Calendula is an outstanding antiseptic due to the very high content of iodine. It is one of the best natural remedies for skin.
• Combine 300 grams of fresh flowers with 1 kg of pork lard.
• Cook over low heat for about 60 minutes and leave to stand overnight.
• In the morning heat it up then strain it. You can also add 50 g of beeswax.
• Apply the cream to the affected area every morning and evening, but only if you don’t have any open wounds.
• Put it in a preheated oven for a few minutes, until it takes on a light brownish color.
• Apply it to your feet and leave it on for about 15 minutes, then brush it off with a clean towel.
• Mix 1 cup of wine vinegar with 2 liters of water.
• Keep your feet in the mixture for about 15-20 minutes before bedtime.
For a more severe infection:
• Mix 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water.
• Dip a cotton pad into the mixture and gently apply the liquid to all affected areas.
• Make a mixture by adding 1 teaspoon of himalayan salt to each cup of water.
• Soak your feet in the mixture for at least 10 minutes.
• Wipe your feet with a clean towel and wash your hands after the treatment.
• Put 8-10 crumbled cinnamon sticks into 4 cups of boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
• Then remove from heat and let sit for about 45 minutes.
• Mix this tea with water and soak your feet in it for 15 to 30 minutes.
Garlic and olive oil
• Take 1 crushed garlic clove and mix it with a few drops of olive oil.
• Apply the mixture to the infected area and leave it for 15 to 30 minutes.
Rosemary, chamomile and sage
• Mix equal amounts of chamomile, rosemary and sage.
• Pour 1 l boiling water over 4 to 5 tablespoons of herbs.
• Mix the tea with warm water and soak your feet in it for about 30 minutes before bedtime.