Athlete’s Health Care Tips – Does vinegar help against an athlete’s foot?
Many home and kitchen remedies, such as vinegar and baking soda, are said to help fight athlete’s foot, but scientific evidence is lacking.
How can you prevent athlete’s foot?
Once you’ve had athlete’s foot, it often comes back. So prevention is better than cure. You can do this to prevent athlete’s foot:
- Wash your feet with a pH-neutral soap or (even better) without soap.
- Rinse your feet well after showering or bathing, so that no soap remains between your toes.
- Dry your feet well after showering or bathing. Also, between your toes!
- Do not scratch! Breaking the skin can lead to a bacterial infection. In addition, scratching can cause wet eczema, where the fungus can grow back on.
- Put on clean socks every day and wear socks made of ventilating material, such as cotton or wool. Do you suffer from sweaty feet? Change your socks halfway through the day.
- Wash your socks at a minimum of 60 degrees to kill mold spores.
- Wear well-ventilated shoes that are not too tight. In the summer, wear open shoes as much as possible so that your feet can air.
- Do not wear the same shoes every day, but alternate. This gives your shoes the opportunity to dry.
- Do not wear shoes made of rubber or plastic.
- Wear slippers in public washrooms, such as swimming pools and public showers.
When should you see a doctor?
Contact your doctor if the fungus does not pass or if the fungus keeps coming back.