Soaking the affected foot in one of the following solutions will help cure athlete’s foot. You need to be persistent and follow preventive measures for the treatment to be effective.
Gently wash and dry the feet before doing these. Repeat daily for effectiveness and continue for a couple of weeks after any sign of the infection has gone.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon sticks are expensive, so rather than use 8 or10 of these at a time, you could also use 8 teaspoons of cinnamon powder tied in a piece of muslin. Boil this or the cinnamon sticks—whichever you prefer—in two pints of water. Simmer the mixture for around five minutes and then turn off the heat. Leave the mixture to infuse for about 45 minutes before soaking your foot for up to half an hour.
Vinegar: Vinegar makes a very effective foot soak and you can use either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. The proportions are one cup of vinegar to two quarts of water, which you can warm for comfort. Soak your feet each night before bed for around thirty minutes. You can also make a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water and dab this onto affected areas and leave to dry. Bear in mind that vinegar is acidic and will sting if you have any broken skin.
Tea Bags: Make up a strong pot of tea, using six tea bags in a pint of boiling water. Allow to brew for ten minutes or so to get the maximum benefit from the tannic acid in the tea which will help to soothe the skin irritation and kill the fungus. Pour the tea into a suitable bowl in which you have put one pint of cold water. Soak your foot for at least fifteen minutes.
Salt Water: Use normal table salt or sea salt in proportions of one teaspoon of salt to half a pint of warm water. Make sufficient to cover your foot. Soak for around ten minutes before drying your foot carefully.
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