If you’ve got an itch on your foot that you can’t help scratching, then you might have a dreaded case of athlete’s foot. But there’s no need to worry because here are five ways that you can get athlete’s foot treatment by yourself — no doctor and no prescriptions needed.
Head over to the store
Your best cure for athlete’s foot in Kenya might be available at your local grocery mart or pharmacy. Look for creams and ointments that contain clotrimazole or miconazole as their active ingredient. These are topical creams that can be directly applied to the feet. The most common in Kenya is Glenmark’s candid cream or powder or Daktarin cream for Miconazole.
All you need to do is reapply the cream or powder after you shower to clean, dry feet and then cover with a pair of cotton socks. The cream should be reapplied two to three times a day after that for about two to three weeks. Since the cream might be uncomfortable when applied and shoes are worn, you can use the powder if you intend to wear shoes, then apply the cream at night.
Going the natural route
Another great way to athlete’s foot treatment in Kenya is similar to the store method, but with a more natural oil. Tea tree oil is known for its antifungal properties and works to destroy the fungus on the feet. You’ll need to start with clean and dry feet and then apply the oil to the affected areas. You can do this several times a day for as long as it takes to cure the symptoms. And it makes your feet smell great.
Cures from the kitchen
When you want to get rid of your athlete’s foot and smelly feet in Kenya, you may just have to open up a few cupboards. Both baking soda and vinegar have been shown to help with treating this fungal condition – though not at the same time.
For the baking soda, you can soak the feet in a mixture of the powder and warm water. And if you have apple cider vinegar around, use that instead of the baking soda.
Getting your feet clean of fungus
Some will tell you that soaking your feet in bleach is also a good alternative for treating smelly feet in Kenya. However, this has to be done carefully or you might injure your feet. You should only use two tablespoons of regular laundry bleach in a gallon of warm water. Soak your feet for ten minutes and you can see results within a week’s time.
Scaring away the itchiness and redness
And while garlic is great for vampires, it’s even better for athlete’s foot and smelly feet. This is because the antibiotic ingredients in the garlic help to cure the infection. Just rub a clove of garlic (one that’s been cut in half) over the affected area a few times per day. The problem with garlic is it’s unpleasant persistent odor. If you must use it in athlete’s foot treatment, then be aware that most people will know you have used garlic.
But with all of these ways athlete’s foot treatment and smelly feet in Kenya, the best advice is to avoid getting it in the first place. Make sure that your feet are kept dry and avoid walking on your bare feet in conditions that are likely to harbor the fungus — public showers and shoe stores where you try on the shoes without a barrier. And of course, good hygiene will always keep your feet clean, dry and happy, and hopefully free from itching.