May 28, 2017

Athletes’ Foot

Athlete-foot-e1288351465976Don’t blame Athletes

Athletes’ Foot and Foot Nail Fungus are common problems that can be easily eradicated.  Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus called tinea pedis. This intruder, which targets the nails, skin and hair, causes skin to redden, crack, burn, scale and itch. When the fungus invades the area between the toes, the classic symptom is itchy, flaking skin. Sometimes the fungus stays between the toes, but it may also appear on the soles and sides of the feet and even spread to the toenails. Severe cases of athlete’s foot can be accompanied by oozing blisters. Warm damp floors are a common breeding ground for tinea, but it loves any warm, moist places. So the feet, often confined in sweaty shoes and socks, make an ideal breeding ground.

The tinea fungus that causes athlete’s foot can also cause uncomfortable itching in the groin. So, when you have athlete’s foot, be careful not to infect your groin area. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching your feet. And don’t pull your underwear on over your bare feet. Put on your socks first. If you wear tights, put on a pair of socks, don your knickers, take the socks off and then put on your tights.

Now for the good news; you do not have to suffer with th discomfort and embarasssment of Athletes’ Foot. Most parts of  The Neem Tree are antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal and The Neem People’s Neem Oil, which is cold pressed pharmaceutical grade, has proven to be the quickest and most efficient way to rid yourself of this problem. Put warm water – just enough to cover your toes – in a shallow bowl and add about 15 drops of Neem Oil to it. Also add just enough shampoo or washing up liquid to breakdown and emulsify the oil. Soak your feet for about ten minutes, using an old toothbrush brush around the edges of your toe nails and gently between the toes. Towel dry your feet and between the toes and rub our Neem Skin Cream in these areas. If possible, do this twice daily and continue for a week after the condition has cleared.

Prevention 

  • After a bath or shower, dry your feet thoroughly. You could also try using a hair dryer on a low setting particularly between your toes.Wear clean cotton socks. Natural fibres absorb moisture best. If your feet  sweat a lot, then change your socks two or three times during the day to keep your feet sweat-free.
  • Be sure to wash them in very hot water to kill any tinea fungus spores. The 60º setting on the washing machine will do the trick.
  • Wear shoes made of canvas or leather, which allow your feet to breathe. Avoid rubber and plastic, which hold moisture in and can cause feet to sweat.
  • Don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row. It takes at least a day for shoes to dry out. If your feet sweat heavily, change your shoes twice a day.
  • The fungus loves warm dark places so place your shoes in sunlight when not in use.
  • Wear flip-flops in places where other people go barefoot, such as gyms, health clubs, changing rooms and around swimming pools.
  • Do not wear other peoples shoes
  • Air you feet as often as you can

Happy feet