ATHLETE’S FOOT AND OTHER SKIN INFECTIONS

This condition can be persistent and annoying. It is characterized by moist,weepy, red patches on the body (feet and groin are most common areas). A major cause of fungal infections is long courses of antibiotic therapy that kill friendly digestive flora, which in turn lowers immunity and allows fungal infections to take hold. Strengthening the immune system will help to curb future occurrences.

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection in which the skin between the toes cracks, blisters, and peels.

Symptoms
Symptoms include moist, weepy, or dry scaly patches that are cracked,tender, or bleeding.

Causes
Athlete’s foot or toenail fungus can be caused by poorly fitting shoes that are nonporous, not allowing perspiration to evaporate. This results in candida albicans/yeast overgrowth.

Dietary considerations for athlete’s foot
Follow the eating plan as outlined on the section on candidiasis. Avoid sugar, soft drinks, red meats, dairy, and wheat. Reduce all carbohydrates.Eat plenty of cultured foods to promote healthy bowel flora. Keep the diet simple with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. Eat enough protein each day from poultry, whey protein, eggs, soy foods, and seafood to boost immunity.

Supplement support for fungal infections
• Olive leaf extract capsules
• Oregano oil capsules
• Garlic capsules: three capsules daily
• Evening primrose capsules
• Acidophilus: take before meals
• Protease (digestive enzyme)
• Zinc: 30 mg daily
• Lysine: 1,000 mg daily

Lifestyle choices
Try one or both of the following foot soaks:
• Athlete’s foot soak: A sea-salt soak—if possible, go to the beach and soak in the ocean.
• Tea tree oil soak: Use a basin with twenty-five drops of tea tree oil in warm water. Soak for twenty minutes. Towel dry.

Apply baking soda and put clean socks on before bed each night.In the morning, dab tea tree oil between the toes with a cotton ball. Soak feet in apple cider vinegar and water on alternate days.