Tinea Pedis or food ringworm is a fungal infection that usually occurs between the toes, commonly due to sweaty feet, or when confined to tight-fitting footwear for long hours. The word Tinea is used by doctors to describe a series of contagious infections and Pedis in Latin means foot.
The infection is also known as Athlete’s Foot as it is quite commonly found among athletes.
Causes of Tinea Pedis
In order to take measures to treat and heal any infection, one must understand the root cause behind any condition and then identify its symptoms. Let us take a look at the Causes of Tinea Pedis:-
Tinea Pedis is caused by the dermatophyte fungus, which thrives in damp and warm environments.
- Since the fungi also spreads over moist surfaces, one might also catch it in public places such as shower areas, locker rooms, etc.
- Tinea infections are contagious and might also spread while coming in contact with an infected person.
- Excessive sweating may be one of the major reasons behind the development of this infection.
- Wearing too tightly fitted footwear may also be one of the causes.
- Walking barefoot, sharing shoes and socks, bed linens, mats or clothes also leads to the development of this fungal skin infection.
Symptoms of Tinea Pedis
Symptoms of Tinea Pedis typically include:
- Circular, ring-shaped blisters, patches or sores, which gives the infection its name ringworm.
- The sores are commonly mild red in color and have scales on the border, which grows about an inch in diameter.
- Uncomfortable and itchy sensations.
- Burning and stinging sensations between the toes and sole of the feet.
- Dry skin around the infected area and foot sole.
- Foul smell from the feet.
- Oozing blisters.
- Inflammation of the skin that begins to appear either reddish, greyish, or purplish.
Having learned about the possible reasons and symptoms of Tinea Pedis, let’s now move forward to focus on some preventive measures to abstain from such fungal infections.
- Allow your feet to breathe as often as possible.
- Maintain feet hygiene by ensuring that you wash them with warm soapy water every once in a while.
- Thoroughly dry your feet before and after wearing your shoes.
- Change your socks regularly.
- Never wear moist or damp socks; immediately remove socks if you feel sweat in your feet.
- Use an alternate pair of shoes to allow them to dry after wearing them.
- Avoid sharing clothes, linen, towels, socks, and shoes.
- Do not walk barefoot in public places, especially locker rooms or shower areas.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Tinea Pedis
The infection tends to spread to the other parts of the body if not treated in the initial stages. Its contagious tendency makes it even more necessary to take proper treatment. Heal Tinea Pedis in Ayurveda by following simple herbal and Home remedies.
- Predominant Vitiation of Kapha and Rakta causes this inflammation. Therefore, measures must be taken to fix these doshas by carrying out Vaman Panchkarma.
- Dadrughna lepa must be applied over the affected area for external healing.
- Gandhake Rasaayana is another traditional ayurvedic medicine, which is used to treat the infection.
- Mahaa Marichyaadi Tailam is an ayurvedic oil that has antifungal and anti-itching properties. It is made from black pepper, and applying it over the infection 3-4 times for about 5 weeks’ yields guaranteed results.
- Ajoene, a compound found in garlic, has strong anti-fungal properties. Rub a garlic clove on the fungus-infected area and then wash it with water. Repeat this procedure every day for results.
- Wash your feet in Tankana Bhasma (a mild solution of boric acid and soda).
- To maintain the acid-base relation of your feet to control sweating and keep it dry, soak the feet in a solution of swajikaa – kshaara (baking soda) for about 30 minutes daily.
- Boil 25-30 neem leaves in water and wash Tinea Lesions with the same every day.
- Sidharthaka snan using ayurvedic medicinal powders is also a great remedy to treat the infection externally.
- Apply turmeric over the infected area, wash in half an hour’s time and repeat the process at least thrice every day.
Lifestyle and Diet
- Do not scrub while bathing as it spreads the infection.
- Avoid excessively sour, spicy, oily, and sweet foods.
- Foods made up with white flours such as cookies, pastries, breads, etc. must be avoided when suffering from Tinea Pedis.
- Artificial and packaged food and drinks must not be consumed.
- Completely avoid non-vegetarian food.
- Tea, coffee, alcohol, and dairy products must be strictly avoided.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables must necessarily be included in the diet.
Infections are easy to treat in the initial stages thereby treating them right when they begin must not be overlooked. Following the above-mentioned measures and remedies can surely make a remarkable difference in controlling the infection. For further assistance and personal ayurvedic consultancy contact us at IAFA. We provide expert Ayurvedic guidance and treatment to provide you with organic and healthy results.