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Natural Remedies For Jock Itch & Athletes Foot

A fungal infection isn't the worst thing in the world, but it can be very irritating, and uncomfortable and may leave your feet exposed to a more serious infection. Fungal infections are very common, particularly on the feet (and groin) of very active people, and they can be treated with a range of different methods.

While there are very many anti-fungal creams to buy online, they are actually pretty expensive, they come in small tubes (which don't last long at all) and are sometimes hit or miss. Often a routine of self-care can soothe the itching and naturally reduce the fungal infection, without needing to use chemicals or medical intervention.

 

What is Athlete's Foot and Jock Itch?

Athletes Foot

Very simply, athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a common fungal infection of the toes (or feet) which can cause red, itchy blisters which dry out into sometimes painful scaley skin. The infection usually lives between your toes where it is often warm, moist and a perfect environment for the fungus to flourish. Those who are active, and wear sweaty shoes and socks are key sufferers of the condition and it is often made worse by exercise!

It should be horrible but it is closely linked to other skin infections like 'ring-worm' and 'jock-itch'

 

Jock Itch

When mentioning Athlete's foot, it is very commonly joined with Jock Itch. Much like Athlete's Foot, Jock Itch is a fungal infection of the groinal area. The infection usually affects sufferers where it is warm and hard to dry, leaving a rather uncomfortable and itchy rash. It is very common for males to suffer from jock itch and is particularly hard to cure - it is also apparently very uncomfortable.

Many people in hot and humid climates suffer from this kind of infection as it is difficult to stay dry!

 

Natural Athletes Foot & Jock Itch Remedies

First of all, I'd like to point out that you should never forgo medical intervention for a 100% natural alternative. Sometimes, we need medicine to treat the condition - particularly if the condition is getting worse or has become infected.

But, here are some great ways to naturally reduce the itching, reduce the infection and get back to living your life itch-free

 

Make a Routine

A lot of the time, your body is able to deal with the fungal infection on its own. All you need to do is make it much harder for the fungus to survive. There are a few things you should be doing as a standard to help naturally reduce your symptoms.

  • Dry your feet/ groin carefully to ensure it is completely dry.
  • Use a separate towel for the affected area - you don't want fungus armpits too.
  • Air your feet regularly by taking off your shoes and socks.
  • Wear clean loose-fitting underwear.

Secondly, it is possible to naturally reduce the itchiness (and potentially cure) a fungal infection by changing your lifestyle. Fungal infections can be made worse by your diet, general well-being and you lifestyle. Make sure to keep up a good hygiene routine, and swap out fatty, high-sugar foods, for vegetables for a little bit.

 

Coconut Oil & Tea Tree

One of the surprising remedies I found to work quite well for soothing the itching was Coconut oil.

Coconut itself has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and bacterial properties and (anecdotally) soothes the itching significantly. Coconut oil is used for Athlete's Food in many places around the world as part of a 'traditional' health routine.

Another natural oil that I have found to work is Tea Tree. It has a wonderful soothing property and reduced the rash significantly.

After some research, I learned that Tea, Tree, Eucalyptus and Lavender oil all have powerful anti-fungal properties that can help naturally reduce the infection.

They smell great too. You can pick some natural athlete's foot balm on amazon very easily - the reviews look good too.

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Garlic

You'll want to avoid seeing people for a while, but there are studies that show Garlic to be beneficial as a treatment for athletes' food.

Garlic can be rubbed onto the affected area, or crushed into a paste and used as a balm. It was shown to completely cure 79% of patients in a controlled study.

I have tried this once before, but the garlic smell was way too much for me. I'd rather smell like tea tree than garlic any day.

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Vix VapoRub

If you have a spare pot of Vicks' famous Vaporub then you're in luck. Thanks to the potent essential oils in the balm, it has been reported as being beneficial for treating a fungal infection naturally.

I'd imagine that applying VapoRub to your groin is not advised however, it may be less painful than the constant itching of the fungal infection.

 

Vicks Vaporub

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