Athlete’s Foot and Candida: Natural Remedies & Prevention

Besides the mouth and intestinal tract, another very common place humans tend to have problems with candida yeast overgrowth is on their feet. ‘Athlete’s foot‘ is a fungus-related infection that is caused by the same candida yeast bacteria that causes vaginal yeast infections, oral thrush, and a variety of intestinal tract problems among other things. Since candida yeast bacteria thrive in warm, moist, dark environments, the feet fit the bill because most people wear tight fitting shoes for hours on end every single day.

Now, athlete’s foot gets its name because it is seen more in athletic people than anywhere else. Anyone can get athletes foot though. If you wear closed shoes which fit very tightly for instance, you’re more prone to having this type of yeast infection. The closed environment of a shoe allows your feet to sweat more, and that moisture appeals to the candida yeast bacteria. When your shoes are too tight fitting as well, they will rub against your toes and cause tiny, micro-abrasions that allow the yeast to get in under your skin. This is often the primary cause of both athlete’s foot and toe nail fungus too.

Like all types of yeast infections and fungal growths, athlete’s foot is highly contagious. It is often passed from one person to another at swimming pools, in gym locker rooms, and community shower stalls. Sharing towels can cause it to be transferred from one person to another too, and reusing the same towel without washing it will cause you to be reinfected as well.

Herbal Remedies For Athlete’s Foot

There are many herbal remedies which work quite well in killing the fungus growth with athlete’s foot. The top three are:

✼ garlic
✼ tea tree oil
✼ black walnut tincture

Rub any of these onto the affected areas of the toes and feet at least twice each day until the fungus growth is completely gone.

Recurring Athlete’s Foot Fungus

To help prevent recurring problems with athlete’s foot though, there are several things you should do:

1. Keep your feet dry. Try to air your feet out frequently when exercising or working in moist environments. Change your socks frequently, and wear socks which are made of material such as cotton which allows air to flow better.

2. Keep your feet clean and groomed. Don’t allow dirt and germs to build up on your feet or the toes, and be sure to trim your toenails properly regularly.

3. Don’t share grooming items. Things such as towels and toe nail clippers can cause the fungus to be transfered from one person to another.

4. Wear some kind of foot gear in communal areas. If you frequently use gyms, public showers, and swimming pools, wear a pair of sandals or thongs while walking around those areas, to prevent your feet from coming in contact with the fungus bacteria.

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