HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR ATHLETE'S FOOT
Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. It commonly occurs in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tightfitting shoes.
Signs and symptoms of athlete's foot include a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning. Athlete's foot is contagious and can be spread via contaminated floors, towels or clothing.
Causes--Athlete's foot is caused by the same type of fungus that causes ringworm and jock itch. Damp socks and shoes and warm, humid conditions favour the organisms' growth.
Athlete's foot is contagious and can be spread by contact with an infected person or from contact with contaminated surfaces, such as towels, floors and shoes.
Symptoms--Athlete's foot usually causes a scaly red rash. The rash typically begins in between the toes. Itching is often the worst right after you take off your shoes and socks.
Some types of athlete's foot feature blisters or ulcers. The moccasin variety of athlete's foot causes chronic dryness and scaling on the soles that extends up the side of the foot. It can be mistaken for eczema or even as dry skin.
The infection can affect one or both feet and can spread to your hand — especially if you scratch or pick at the infected parts of your feet.
Risk factors--You are at higher risk of athlete's foot if you:
· Are a man
· Frequently wear damp socks or tightfitting shoes
· Walk barefoot in public areas where the infection can spread, such as locker rooms, saunas, swimming pools, communal baths and showers
Complications--Your athlete's foot infection can spread to other parts of your body, including:
Your hand. People who scratch or pick at the infected parts of their feet may develop a similar infection in one of their hands.
Your nails. The fungi associated with athlete's foot can also infect your toenails, a location that tends to be more resistant to treatment.
Your groin. Jock itch is often caused by the same fungus that results in athlete's foot. It's common for the infection to spread from the feet to the groin as the fungus can travel on your hands or on a towel.
Homoeopathic medicines are found to be very effective for Athelet’s foot. Some of the top remedies are given below.
GRAPHITES 30-Graphites is one of the top Homoeopathic medicines for athlete’s foot with cracks. It is prescribed when there is dry, rough skin along with cracks between the toes.Another leading symptom is moist and crusty eruptions which ooze out a sticky exudation. The eruptions in the folds break easily and are very slow to heal.
THUJA OCCIDENTALIS 200-Thuja is another effective Homeopathic medicine for athlete’s foot with eruptions only on the covered parts. The person has dry skin, which is very sensitive to the touch. The eruptions are accompanied by violent itching or burning. Scratching and cold bathing makes the condition worse. Athlete’s foot with needle pricking sensation will also respond well to Thuja occidentalis
SILICEA 200-Silicea is prescribed when athelet’s foot is associated with boils. Silicea acts well on boils coming out in crops along with foul pus on the feet and toes.There is intense itching, especially during the daytime and evening.Silicea is a
BARYTA CARBONICUM 30-Baryta carb. is prescribed when athelet’s foot occurs with intolerable itching. The person feels a peculiar burning sensation and needle-like pricks with violent itching. Excoriating and oozing athlete’s foot cases with difficulty in healing are also treated best with Homeopathic medicine Baryta Carbonica.
NITRIC ACID 30-Nitric acid is another effective medicine for athlete’s foot with splinter-like pains. Nitric acid is prescribed when there are unhealthy skin with pus formation where crusts form and fall, along with severe pain. The person may have dry skin, eroded and cracked at every angle. Another prominent symptom is violent itching, especially on undressing.
PETROLEUM 30-Petroleum is prescribed when the skin is cracked and rough. The person complains of deep cracks in the skin folds, especially in the toes. The skin gets hard and raw, and the cracks bleed easily. Thick greenish crusts with marked burning, itching and bleeding are usually seen .
ARSENICUM IODATUM 30-Arsenicum iodatum is best for athelets foot and is prescribed prescribed when there is scaly, flaking erythematous and dryness of the affected part.