Fungal infection is one of the common skin diseases seen in the body and is also known as mycosis. There are many different species of fungi present in the plants, dirt and even in our house which could lead to skin problems. One of the fungal infections includes Athletes foot which is also known as Tinea Pedis. This infection is highly contagious, most commonly affecting the hands and toenails as well. It is most commonly seen in the regions of Southeast Asia and also some parts of Africa. In this article we are going to discuss Athletes Foot in detail and along with that its herbal medicine.
What is an Athlete’s Foot
It is a type of fungal infection which is commonly seen in toes and spreading towards the other parts surrounding it. It is commonly seen when the environmental condition is favorable that the surrounding is sweaty, warm and moist as well and it’s easy for the fungus to grow. The fungus responsible for Athlete’s foot is Trichophyton found easily on the clothes, shoes, showers, locker rooms etc. It is commonly seen in Athletes who have to wear shoes that are tight, making the feet sweaty and increasing the growth. People that are diabetic or have low immunity are easily affected with Tinea pedis.
What are the signs and symptoms of Athlete’s foot?
The commonly seen clinical features are peeling of the skin with appearance of blisters and itching, burning as well. The symptoms might different depending on the type and this includes:
- Moccasin:- This type causes dryness, itching, irritation on skin along with a scaly appearance. The skin can become thick and after sometime it might start to crack up. This can cover the entire sole and extend to the other sides of the foot.
- Interdigital:- This is commonly known as toe web infection and one of the commonly seen types. It is commonly seen between the smallest toes spreading towards the sole of the foot.
- Vesicular:- It is one of the rare types which begins with blisters filled with fluid. They can easily be seen between the heels, toes and feet as well.
If not treated properly it can spread to other parts of the body. It then extends from the feet to the groin making it painful and lasting for a very long time.
How Athletes Foot are Caused
It is caused due to the fungus called Trichophyton rubrum and can remain in the skin for a long time without any signs. When the skin comes in contact with the damp or warm weather it starts to spread under favorable conditions. One of the main causes seen in Athletes are wearing tight shoes resulting in sweating and its ideal environment for the growth of Tinea pedis. Being contagious it can easily spread from one patient to the other. Other Risk Factors for the Tinea pedis could be:
- Wearing footwear that is tight on a daily basis.
- Sweating profusely.
- Sharing mats, clothes, rugs and shoes with someone who already had the fungal infection.
- Walking barefoot in the public and infection can spread easily.
How Athletes Foot Can be Diagnosed
It can be diagnosed easily as it has very common as well as peculiar symptoms but it is important to rule out. But the only diagnosis that can be done for Tinea Pedis is Skin lesion potassium hydroxide helping in confirming the disease.
Treatment For Athlete’s Foot
In most of the cases Athlete’s Foot is very mild and does not require any kind of treatment. Commonly Allopaths provide antifungal creams and medications including ketoconazole, clotrimazole which can affect the organs. But these medications might cause a lot of side effects and there are the chances of recurrence of the disease.
Where in Ayurveda it is caused due to the imbalance of Kapha as well as Rakta Dosha. Ayurvedic medicine helps in naturally balancing the Dosha and removing the root cause of the disease.
Herbal Medicine of Planet Ayurveda for Athlete’s Foot
Planet Ayurveda provides herbal medicine that is 100 percent pure, natural and vegetarian as well. Planet Ayurveda not only provides medicine in India but also other parts of the world. All the herbal medicines are made under the supervision of an MD Ayurvedic Doctor. They are all free from adverse- effects, making them easy to consume for a long time. Below are the list of herbal medicine:-
- Gandhak Rasayan
- Curcumin Capsules
- Kaishore Guggul
- Neem Capsules
- Nirgundi Oil with Recumin Gel
1. Gandhak Rasayan
It is made from one single mineral herb that is Shuddha Gandhak (Sulfur) and is especially used for skin related problems. It is packed with antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in providing nourishment to the body not only outside but also inside as well by improving the immunity. It is effective in detoxifying the body and removing fungal infection as well.
Dosage:- Two tablets twice daily after meals with water.
2. Curcumin Capsules
These capsules are filled with an herb called Haridra (Curcumin longa) which is best known for reducing any kind of inflammation. It helps in balancing all the dosha including Vata, Pitta and Kapha as well. It is very good for all kinds of skin infections and makes it healthy as well as clear. It is wonderful for people who suffer from Athlete’s foot as it naturally removes the root cause of disease.
Dosage:- One capsule twice daily with water after meals.
3. Kaishore Guggul
It is the perfect combination of herbs like Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia),Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale) etc. It is effective in removing all kinds of toxins from the body and relieving the infection. Along with that it is also very helpful in other skin disorders like acne or pimple.
Dosage:- Two capsules with plain water after meals twice daily.
4. Neem Capsules
It is best for clearing out any kind of skin disorder and clearing the skin making it glow naturally. It is filled with one single herb known as Neem (Azadirachta indica) and is effective in reducing scaling as well as lesions on the body. They are naturally filled with antiviral, antifungal as well as antiinflammatory properties which makes it perfect for Athlete’s foot.
Dosage:- One capsule daily with water after meals.
5. Nirgundi Oil with Recumin Gel
Nirgundi oil is filled with a herb known as Nirgumdi (Vitex negundo) whereas Recumin gel is made from Haridra (Curcuma longa), Guggul (Commiphora mukul) etc. Both of them are filled with antimicrobial and antiinflammatory properties which helps in treating the ailments like itching, burning and redness as well. Along with that it will help in reducing dryness and restoring the good health of skin.
Dosage:- Mix both Nirgundi oil and Recumin gel with each other. Then apply it topically on the skin after washing carefully. Apply it twice daily.
Here are the tips to include in the daily life in order to prevent the infection from further spreading:
- Taking the feet out in the air in order to dry them and try to clean them daily.
- Washing the feet with warm water especially in between the toes.
- Changing shocks on a regular basis and wearing ones that are made from cotton. It will help in making the feet drier as compared to other clothes.
- Protecting the feet in public places by wearing sandals.
- Not wearing shoes of other people increases the risk of spreading the infection.
Athletes Foot or Tinea pedis might cause compilations at the later stages but are easy to treat at early stages. As above mentioned herbal medicine will help in treating the disease and ailments by removing the root cause of the disease. By following the easy steps one can easily reduce the risk of developing an athlete’s foot. In case of any query kindly visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com. For more queries, you can send your queries to our email id firstname.lastname@example.org.