The Truth About Athlete's Foot Remedies
Everyone seems to have a home remedy for athlete’s foot, but do any of them work?
There are a lot of different options for treating athlete’s foot. You might have even heard of some pretty unconventional home remedies to sooth the cracking, itching, and burning of the condition. But which of these homemade concoctions are the real deal, and which ones are just old wives’ tales? Before you go slathering your feet in a seasoning blend that would be better left for your next backyard BBQ, check out our breakdown of which options are practical and could really help.
Garlic – If You Like What Garlic Does for Your Breath…
Studies have shown that ajoene, a compound found in garlic, is effective at treating the fungus that causes athlete’s foot1. But unless there’s a very short vampire living in your house, we can’t think of too many convenient reasons to rub your feet with garlic.
Oregano Oil – Better on Food than on Feet
Oregano oil has long been used as a home remedy for athlete’s foot. While oregano is generally proven to be great on pizza, the verdict is still very much out on if it’s good for treating athlete’s foot. Simply put, the evidence isn’t there to support oregano oil as a viable treatment for foot fungus2.
Ozonized Sunflower Oil - If You Feel Like Taking the Long Route
One home remedy that has proven to work in the treatment of athlete’s foot is ozonized sunflower oil. A study has shown that applying ozonized sunflower oil twice a day for six weeks can help cure athlete’s foot and prevent it from coming back3. Sound good? Sure! But there are much faster options.
Tea Tree Oil – The Itch May Go, But the Fungus Won't
Tea tree oil is one of the most well-known homeopathic treatments for athlete’s foot. A home remedy passed down through generations like a family recipe, studies show that tea tree oil does about as much good curing athlete’s foot as nanna’s meat sauce. While it may be useful in relieving the symptoms of foot fungus, it does nothing to treat it4.
Go With What Really Works
When it comes down to it, if you have athlete’s foot, you just want it gone, and as fast as possible. While some homeopathic treatment options could be useful, your best bet is to stick with LamisilAT® products that are formulated to treat the fungus directly and send it packing. Your feet and nanna’s meat sauce will thank you.
1. Ledezma, E., Marcano, K., Jorquera, A., De Sousa, L., Padilla, M., Pulgar, M., & Apitz-Castro, R. (2000, November). Efficacy of ajoene in the treatment of tinea pedis: A double-blind and comparative study with terbinafine. Retrieved December 1, 2016, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11050588?itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=1
2. Oregano: Overview of the Literature on Health Benefits : Nutrition Today. (n.d.). Retrieved December 01, 2016, from http://journals.lww.com/nutritiontodayonline/Abstract/2010/05000/Oregano__Overview_of_the_Literature_on_Health.9.aspx
3. Efficacy of ozonized sunflower oil in the treatment of tinea pedis. (n.d.). Retrieved December 01, 2016, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12572723
4. Tea tree oil in the treatment of tinea pedis. (n.d.). Retrieved December 01, 2016, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1303075