Approximately 70% of the population of the world are affected at least once from athlete’s foot during their lifetime. This fact is not surprising, because this harmful fungus lies almost everywhere mainly in public places such as swimming pools.
After you get a foot fungus infection, you should treat this as quickly as possible. An extraordinary natural home remedy for treating athlete’s foot is the tea tree oil. In this guide, I will explain how tea tree oil helps to fight against athlete’s foot.
What is tea tree oil, and what is it made?
Tea tree oil is considered a precious essential oil and comes from the Australian tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia).
This essential oil extracted through gentle steam distillation from the leaves and twigs of the tree.
Tea tree oil consists of about 100 substances. The main ingredients are:
- Terpinene-4-ol (ca. 40%)
- a-Terpinen (ca. 20%)
- Terpinolene (ca. 4%)
- Terpineol (ca. 3%)
Is there any scientific explanation for how tea tree oil in theory effective against athlete’s foot?
When it comes to home remedies for athlete’s foot, there are many legends and generally – as with other home remedies also – many myths and things that really cannot work or maybe even counter-productive or dangerous.
We want to clarify here and look at whether there is an explanation as to whether tea tree oil can theoretically help each athlete’s foot.
If you look at the ingredients of tea tree oil, you can see a variety of substances. Many of the contents have been shown to be antibacterial. Some of the substances (e.g., terpinene-4-ol) even act antifungal, so fungus-killing.
Since Athlete’s foot is an actual inflammation and is caused by a fungal pathogen, the antibacterial and antifungal ingredients of tea tree oil are also active against acute inflammation of athlete’s foot. Furthermore, there was already in experimental studies evidence that the tea tree oil make skin fungi harmless.
Conclusion: The fungicidal (antifungal) and antibacterial properties of the ingredients of tea tree oil can suggest that tea tree oil can kill the athlete’s foot germs. So there is a theoretical/scientific explanation for why and how tea tree oil athlete’s foot can be useful.
Does tea tree oil really work against athlete’s foot in practice?
As with so many home remedies we have no study found, showing that tea tree oil helps against athlete’s foot. That does not mean that it does not help, but only that one has invested the high cost no pharmaceutical company or other scientists in giving a study.
If we have overlooked a study, please report them to us. We therefore evaluated the forums and self-help blogs and tested in our circle of people who suffered from this infection.
Our conclusion: Yes, in practice tea tree oil worked for many people to cure athlete’s foot. However, it takes a long time for some users until an existing athlete’s foot disappears with prolonged usage of tea tree oil.
The best results can be achieved with the usage of an insole made of cedar.
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Application of tea tree oil for athlete’s foot
In general, the earlier recognized the athlete’s foot infection and treated, the faster they can be eliminated. You will also prevent the spread of the fungus on the nails and thus the development of nail fungus.
There are two ways of application. Most often enough one of the two types if you want to be sure you can also do both:
1. Rub tea tree oil to the affected area for athlete’s foot
The pure tea tree oil should be taken daily with a cotton swab or cotton pad and applied to the affected area. If in case the infection is in the early stages of an athlete’s foot, it can be eliminated as early as in 3 days.
It not recommended for people who have sensitive skin, Others also should not use pure tea tree oil directly as it is very reactive in nature. So for that, it needs to be diluted with any good carrier oil such as sesame oil.
2. Foot bath with tea tree oil for athlete’s foot
A warm foot bath with about 15 drops of tea tree should be taken once a day and about 20 minutes. It is very important that the feet are then dried thoroughly so that the fungi have no chance to grow or survive.
Possible side effects with the use of tea tree oil for athlete’s foot
Sometimes, especially for sensitive skin, skin irritation or allergic reactions are caused due to the application of tea tree oil. Therefore, it is recommended that this potent essential oil is diluted with a suitable carrier oil.
Just mix a few drops of tea tree oil with 1 ml of sesame oil. It is important that tea tree oil is stored in dark places at temperatures below 25 °C.
Because the terpenes and hydrocarbons present in the oil can oxidize under light supply with oxygen to form peroxides, which can result in skin allergic reactions.
Tea tree oil is a good home remedy for athlete’s foot. There is both a plausible theoretical/scientific explanation as tea tree oil works effectively against acute athlete’s foot.
In addition to the use of tea tree oil for athlete’s foot, you should ensure that your feet stay dry. For athlete’s foot pathogens just feel in a warm, humid air shoe well and thrive there faster.
For example, use insoles of cedar to keep your feet dry. The antibacterial insoles absorb excess sweat and make odor and fungus forming corneal bacteria.
This is the most important prevention measure against reinfection with athlete’s foot. For healthy and dry feet are the best protection against athlete’s foot.