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How To Cure Athletes Foot In 1 Minute

November 8, 2019


So called because it often affects those who
wear sweaty, smelly shoes for long hours, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that
develops on the skin between toes (and looks and feels itchy and even slimy). While it isn’t difficult to treat, it definitely
isn’t pleasant. People who get athlete’s foot also tend
to frequent the warm, moist places where the contagious fungus abounds — like locker
and shower rooms or pools — which is why Florida-based dermatologist Todd Minars suggests
drying the toe webs thoroughly post-shower and not walking barefoot in those shared spaces. In this video we share our top tips for curing
athletes foot, we’ve also included links in the description to any remedies mentioned,
so make sure you check those out. At number 1 is Lamisil Athlete’s Foot Antifungal
Cream. Across the board, Lamisil was recommended
by almost all the experts I spoke to as the best topical product for treating athlete’s
foot. Available in cream and gel form, it’s a
powerful, broad-spectrum antifungal that Maral K. Skelsey — the director of the Dermatologic
Surgery Center of Washington — says is helpful because it does double duty in killing fungus
and stopping its growth. “It is well-absorbed into the outer layer
of the skin, which is where athlete’s foot lives. A cream formulation is good for someone with
dry skin, whereas the gel or spray is preferable for anyone whose feet perspire a lot.” At number 2 is Lotrimin AF Athlete’s Foot
Deodorant Antifungal Powder Spray. Anything containing the antifungal miconazole
can be helpful, too, like Lotrimin’s popular foot products, which come in both spray and
powder form. Dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse of the Dermatology
Institute & Skin Care Center says miconazole is most effective at killing both yeast and
fungus, and can be used twice a day for two to three weeks for the best results. At number 3 is Zeasorb Antifungal Treatment
Powder. Zeasorb antifungal powder was another popular
recommendation, since experts tell me that its drier, powdery finish is ideal for treating
athlete’s foot, rather than something that will make your feet wetter and swampier. Skelsey suggests applying this between your
toes and right inside your shoes for the best results. At number 4 is Tinactin Athlete’s Foot Super
Absorbent Powder. Podiatrist Dana Canuso likes something similar
— the antifungal Tinactin powder — which she says will dry out the fungus that often
lives in sweaty shoes and can be used everyday. Shainhouse also suggested it, and says it
works on most foot fungus. At number 5 is Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Dermatologist Paul Dean of Grossmont Dermatology
Medical Clinic says even an at-home baking-soda mixture will work because baking soda has
been shown to have antifungal properties. He recommends soaking your feet in warm water
in a large bucket or basin mixed with about a half-cup of baking soda, for about 15 minutes
twice a day. At number 6 is Vicks VapoRub Ointment. It seems unconventional, but Skelsey even
recommends Vicks VapoRub — yes, the cough suppressant — because she says it has a
mild antifungal effect and can also allow antifungals to be better absorbed into the
skin. At number 7 is Gold Mountain Beauty Fungal
Nail Eliminator. And because athlete’s foot is often linked
to toenail fungus — podiatrist Paul I. Belitz explains that bacteria, fungus, and viral
pathogens from one part of the foot can easily contaminate and reinfect another area if left
untreated — it’s helpful to use a two-pronged approach that will treat toe fungus, as well. He says that anyone who isn’t willing to
see a specialist should at least try something like Gold Mountain Beauty’s Total Foot Care
line — which sells a fungal nail eliminator — especially if you’re diabetic and more
prone to serious foot problems. At number 8 is 20% White Vinegar — 200 Grain
Vinegar Concentrate. Minars says he doesn’t typically recommend
household items for dealing with a fungal skin problem like this that can involve bacteria,
but he does find white vinegar helpful because it kills gram-negative bacteria. “You could do a 1:1 white-vinegar-to-water
solution and use it to soak your feet and then dry them thoroughly.” The drying thoroughly part is key: Canuso
says that soaking your feet might help the fungus temporarily, but can risk keeping the
area moist (and make things worse). At number 9 is Domeboro Soothing Soak Rash
Relief Powder. Another rinse solution Minars recommends is
Domeboro, which is used to calm skin irritations and rashes, so it will be useful for curbing
the itch. And at number 10 is ArtNaturals 100% Pure
Tea Tree Essential Oil. For a more natural option, Canuso and Katie
Stage — a naturopathic physician at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
and Medical Center — both like tea-tree oil because it has some antifungal and antiseptic
properties. Stage says she sees limited results with its
use alone, which is why she suggests trying a few drops of the stuff after applying something
to dry the feet first, such as arrowroot powder, and combining it with other essential oils
(a mix of oregano, thyme, and lavender). So that sums up our top tips for curing athletes
foot we hope we helped. If you have any tips of your own leave them
in the comments and drop a like on the video. Until next time have a great day.

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