There are effective over-the-counter medications available for the treatment of athlete's foot, but if you are allergic to these medications or prefer not to use manufactured drugs, then you'll need another treatment option. Luckily, there are several safe, all-natural treatments that can kill the fungus that causes athlete's foot, leaving you itch-free.
Tea Tree Oil
Australians have long used tea tree oil as a treatment for fungal infections. It contains potent antifungal compounds that will kill the athlete's foot fungus and prevent it from replicating. This treatment usually works rather quickly, with some patients reporting results in as little as three days.
To use tea tree oil to treat your athlete's foot, combine five drops of tea tree oil with five drops of a carrier oil such as almond oil or olive oil. Rub this mixture into the infected area, using a cotton ball. Then, put on clean socks. Repeat this process twice per day, using clean socks after each application.
Oregano, a common herb, is also known for its antifungal properties. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help soothe some of the irritation your athlete's foot infection is causing. Fresh sprigs of oregano are generally available in the produce sections of grocery stores.
To use oregano to treat your athlete's foot, brew an oregano tea by pouring a few cups of boiling water over a generous bunch of fresh oregano leaves. (It is fine to include the stems, too). Let the tea steep for about fifteen minutes. During this time, it should come to a comfortable temperature. Put your feet in, and let them soak for thirty minutes. Repeat this process daily.
Sesame oil has a number of healing uses, and one of these is for fighting athlete's foot fungus. It has both antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. For this purpose, make sure you are buying cold-pressed, all natural sesame oil. The toasted sesame oil often sold for cooking won't have the same effects.
After cleaning and drying your foot, simply apply a dab of sesame oil to a cotton ball, and wipe it over the infected portion of your foot. Cover your foot with a clean sock. Repeat this process twice per day. You can also add sesame oil to your cooked dishes for an enhanced effect.
If your athlete's foot does not improve with the remedies above, speak to a podiatrist, such as Center for Foot Care, to learn about other safe treatment options.