Athlete's Foot - Is there a natural cure, supplement, or even herb for athlete's foot?
ZHION.COM - June 21, 2011
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Athlete’s Foot (tinea pedis)

Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, is an infection of the skin and feet that can be caused by a variety
of different fungi. Although tinea pedis can affect any portion of the foot, the infection most
often affects the space between the toes. Athlete’s foot is typically characterized by skin
fissures or scales that can be red and itchy.

Tinea pedis is spread through contact with infected skin scales or contact with fungi in damp
areas (for example, showers, locker rooms, swimming pools). Tinea pedis can be a chronic
infection that recurs frequently.

Natural Therapy
Lactoferrin supplements, tea tree oil cream and low sugar diet have been suggested, but it is
not sure if these treatments will work. Lactoferrin is a natural forming iron-binding glycoprotein
with antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic effects. It is produced in exocrine glands
and is secreted in many external fluids as a first line of defence. Lactoferrin also has the
capacity to induce apoptosis and inhibit proliferation in cancer cells as well as restore white
and red blood cell levels after chemotherapy. [Gibbons JA, Front Biosci (Schol Ed). 2011 Jun
1;3:1080-8.]

Treatment
Treatment may include topical creams (applied to the surface of the skin) or oral medications.

Over-the-counter antifungal powders or creams contain miconazole, clotrimazole, or tolnaftate.
Continue using the medicine for 1 - 2 weeks after the infection has cleared from your feet to
prevent the infection from returning.

Severe and frequently recurring athlete's foot, may require stronger prescription medications,
like ketoconazole or terbinafine, or even oral pills. Antibiotics may be necessary to treat
secondary bacterial infections.

Appropriate hygiene techniques may help to prevent or control tinea pedis. The following
hygiene techniques should be followed:

Prevention of athlete’s foot
* Nails should be clipped short and kept clean. Nails can house and spread the infection.
* Avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms or public showers (wear sandals).

For control of athlete’s foot infection, persons with active tinea pedis infection should:

* Keep feet clean, dry, and cool.
* Avoid using swimming pools, public showers, or foot baths.
* Wear sandals when possible or air shoes out by alternating them every 2-3 days.
* Avoid wearing closed shoes and wearing socks made from fabric that doesn’t dry easily
(for example, nylon).
* Treat the infection with recommended medication.

SOURCE: CDC.GOV, RESEARCH ARTICLES