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Everything You Need to Know about Prostate Cancer

 

Prostate cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells develop in prostrates, and multiply uncontrollably. This causes the disease to spread into nearby areas or even distant body parts depending on the severity.

Prostate cancer can either be low grade or high grade. In the former case, the disease grows slowly and the symptoms aren’t apparent in the early stages. Low grade cancer isn’t lethal. However high grade prostate cancer is fatal and spreads quickly through the body. It can only be treated and cure when managed appropriately.

Here are some key facts which you should know about prostate cancer.

The Organ

Prostate cancer initiates from your prostate, which is a part of male reproductive system. Resembling a walnut, this gland has a small size but it plays an important role in regulating your urine flow and semen production.

Survival Chances

Prostate cancer was the fourth most common cancer type in Australia in 2017. In 2018, 17,729 new cases of prostate cancer are expected to show up, which equal to around 23.8% of all new cases. But also keep in mind that the chances of survival are as high as 95%.

Early Detection

Some symptoms do exist for prostate cancer like urgent urination needs, discomfort when doing so, blood in the semen or urine and pain in the lower part of your body. But all these can also be symptoms of other diseases. So visit your doctor and take their advice if you experience any one of them.

Generally, treatment for prostate cancer is most effective if the disease is detected at an early stage.  The survival rate increases up to 99% in this case.

Diagnosis

Targetingcancer.com.au detects prostate cancer through a blood test or a digital rectal examination or DRE. The first of these tests shows if levels of a specific protein have increased. Accordingly, further investigation is carried out. Higher values don’t always mean that you may be suffering from prostate cancer. DRE involves the doctor assessing the size of your prostate and checking for abnormalities.

Biopsy is performed after the above two tests have been carried out.  Only then can your doctor confirm whether or not you’re suffering from prostate cancer.

Risk Factors

Generally one out of 7 men is diagnosed with prostate cancer. Common risk factors include increasing age, family history and even your ethnicity to a certain extent.

While increasing age does increase chances, it doesn’t mean that only old men are expected to suffer from prostate cancer. Younger men can also be diagnosed, and as per the numbers, 1 of 325 men will be diagnosed with this disease before they cross 50.

Risk Reduction

You can reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer if you lead a healthy lifestyle. Work out regularly, eat right, drink lots of water and keep a check on your weight. Also quit smoking and drinking.  In general, anything that you do to keep your heart healthy also reduces your risk of prostate cancer and helps you fight the disease.

 

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Posted by - May 1, 2018 at 12:15 pm

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When You Should Get Help For Mental Health Issues

ID-10076342Many people who have mental health issues don’t realize that they do or are in denial. As a result, they do not get the help they need. They settle for a lesser quality of life—not feeling happy, not having good relationships, not enjoying life. This is unfortunate because no one has to live that way.

If you suspect you might have a mental health issue, care about yourself enough to seek help. It might feel scary, but getting help is the key to helping you become healthy.

Some signs you might want to seek help include:

·  Feeling like you are on an emotional roller coaster

·  Use of recreational drugs or alcohol to assuage your troubles

·  Having suicidal thoughts or feeling hopeless

·  Feeling anxious or worrying all the time

·  Having trouble going to sleep or staying asleep

·  Feeling depressed

·  A change in appetite, or rapid weight loss or gain

·  Being overly emotional or experiencing big mood swings

·  Having difficulty concentrating

You can also complete an anonymous online survey here to screen yourself for potential disorders. Your friends or family, people who love and care about you, may have suggested that you get some help. If these are people you trust you should consider their concerns and that something may be wrong. Read more…

Posted by - April 18, 2013 at 11:48 am

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Management of peptic ulcer

The aim of treatment:

The main aim of treatment of peptic ulcer is to provide symptomatic relief to the patient in the short term, induce ulcer healing and to prevent relapse in the long run. If H. pylori are found, attempt should be made to eradicate with appropriate antibiotic therapy

General measures:

 General measures for management of peptic ulcer are avoidance of smoking as it has a causative role in peptic ulcer and also smoking cause delay in ulcer healing. So smoking should be strongly discouraged. Aspirin and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) should be avoided as far as possible because of the injurious effect they have on gastric and duodenal mucosa. If NSAIDs are required for pain relief of some other pain like toothache, a selective COX2-inhibitor NSAID (e.g. valdecoxib, celecoxib etc.) should be given or they can be given with proton pump inhibitor drugs (e.g. omeprazole, pantoprazole etc.) or with prostaglandin analogues like misoprostol. Alcohol should be avoided (although alcohol in moderation does no harm) as well as excess tea and coffee.

Medical Management:

Short term management of peptic ulcer is done with H2-receptor antagonist (e.g. ranitidine, famotidine etc.), proton pump inhibitor drugs (e.g. omeprazole, pantoprazole, rabeprazole, etc.), sucralfate, and prostaglandin analogues (e.g. misoprostol) or with antacids. All the above mentioned medications are equally effective in treatment of peptic ulcer.

Maintenance therapy is done with proton pump inhibitor drugs (e.g. omeprazole) or with H2-receptor antagonist like ranitidine (either of the group of drugs is safe and effective in long term maintenance).

Eradication of H. pylori is important if found in biopsy. For eradication of H. pylori 14 day treatment is given with omeprazole 20 mg, metronidazole (or tinidazole) 400 mg and clarithromycine 250 mg (available as kit which contains all 3 medicines). One kit is to be taken 2 times a day for 14 days. Other combination kits are also available where clarithromycine is replaced with amoxicillin 750 mg.

Surgical treatment:

If none of the above mentioned treatment regimens including eradication of H. pylori fails, surgical treatment should be considered. Indication of surgical intervention is strengthened by the younger age of the patient, complications like hemorrhage or perforation of intestine, strong family history of peptic ulcer, frequent relapses, if ulcer is causing obstruction to gastric outflow or produced an hour glass stomach due to fibrosis. There are also patients who do not comply with prolonged medical management, can be treated with elective surgical intervention. But in case of elderly patients surgical operation should be avoided.

Finally every ulcer should be viewed with seriousness, especially long standing gastric ulcer as it can turn malignant although rarely. As peptic ulcer is a common problem in the modern life, it should be appropriately treated and doctor’s advice followed strictly.   

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Posted by - May 21, 2009 at 12:59 am

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What You Need to Know About Ovarian Cancer

Every 23 minutes, a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States. Ovarian
cancer kills 14,000 women a year, and yet, what could you tell me about ovarian cancer? What
does the majority of the population know about ovarian cancer? Not enough. Ovarian cancer is
cancer that begins in the ovaries; it can also spread to other areas of the body. It ranks 5th in
cancer deaths amongst women. Clearly, it’s time that we educated ourselves on the symptoms
of ovarian cancer and the preventative measures that we can take today to protect ourselves
and our loved ones for the future.
Let’s start with the symptoms. Bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full
quickly, feeling the need to urinate more frequently, fatigue, upset stomach, back pain, pain
during sex, constipation, and changes in your menstrual cycle are all common symptoms of
ovarian cancer. Now think back to your last period; how many of these symptoms did you
experience? Only 15% of ovarian cancers are diagnosed at stage 1, in good portion because
many women assume these symptoms are connected to their menstrual cycle. Even if they are
experiencing common menstrual symptoms irregular to their own cycle, they rarely report these
changes to their doctor.
So what can you do to reduce your risk of ovarian cancer?
1. Be conscious of your menstrual cycle and the symptoms that typically accompany your
period every month. If a major change occurs in your menstrual cycle or you start to
experience new symptoms, don’t be afraid to consult your doctor. You know your body
best, and therefore, you are the one who will be able to spot these symptoms earlier.
2. Pregnancy and breastfeeding also reduce your risk of ovarian cancer. Please note,
however, that becoming pregnant in order to reduce your risk of ovarian cancer is not
recommended. Taking oral contraceptive (birth control) actually reduces your risk of
developing ovarian cancer. The longer you take birth control consistently, the less at risk
you will be. Use of oral contraceptives for 5 years or more can reduce your risk by 50%.
Talk to your doctor today about your options for oral contraceptives.
3. Do not use products containing talcum powder on or near your genitals. Studies have
found a link between ovarian cancer and the use of talcum powder that is causing a
great deal of concern. For more information, check out this page on talcum powder and
ovarian cancer.
4. Know your family’s history of both breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Genetic mutations
such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 increase your risk for both cancers. A Pap test does not
detect ovarian cancer, so if you feel that you are likely to develop ovarian cancer due to
your family’s medical history, ask your doctor to test for these genetic mutations.
September 1st marks the beginning of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Make it a priority to
see your doctor if you have concerns about your family’s medical history and the possibility of
developing ovarian cancer. Share this important information with your mother, daughters,
sisters, and friends so that they too will understand the dangers of ovarian cancer and
implement these preventative actions in their lives. Awareness is key in protecting yourself and
loved ones against the dangers of ovarian cancer!

About the author of this post: 

Caitlin Hoff uses her background in Industrial Design and her passion for health and wellness to educate consumers on a great number of health products and topics. As a Health & Safety Investigator for ConsumerSafety.org, Caitlin strives to embolden consumers with the knowledge to make smart decisions affecting their personal health and that of their families.

Posted by - August 3, 2017 at 8:05 am

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The Addiction Of Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is a pain reliever that has become a highly addictive drug across the country. When someone becomes addicted to the drug, hydrocodone detox is sometimes required in order to get back on track with living a normal life and dealing with the issues that led to the addiction in the first place. Detox occurs in a safe environment with doctors, nurses and other professionals who are ready to help with any kind of physical or mental issues that might be making the person rely on the drug instead of using other methods of treatment.

The intended use of the drug is for pain relief, usually after surgery or an illness. Doctors will also prescribe the drug to people who are in chronic pain. Sometimes, the doctor will require that the person is monitored so that an addition doesn’t begin. Hydrocodone is sometimes taken in larger doses than prescribed or for longer periods of time, which is why people tend to get addicted. After the prescription can no longer be refilled, those who are addicted will turn to friends or others who have the drug in order to satisfy the need and desire that they have for the relief of pain. The addiction is sometimes worse for those who have a history of substance abuse because they know how a drug can make them feel.

When people abuse hydrocodone and similar narcotics, they do it to get a feeling of euphoria. They don’t necessarily use the drug to continue relieving pain although some people do use the drug in this manner. Those who take the drug for its intended purpose are the people who usually suffer because of the decisions of others as some pharmacies and doctors are becoming strict with prescribing hydrocodone and making it harder to get refills. Some people will take the drug to relieve negative feelings in life, such as issues with a relationship or if they feel as though they aren’t wanted.

Because hydrocodone changes the way that the brain functions, it makes the drug that much more addictive. Some people don’t realize that they are addicted to the drug until they can’t function without it in the body. The cravings for the drug are usually hard to get over without going to a detox facility or getting some other kind of professional assistance. There are sober stories of people who have overcome the addiction. They defeat the demons that take over their lives and are able to function as normally as possible in a healthy manner instead of relying on the drug.

Being addicted to hydrocodone usually doesn’t reflect on the person using the drug. It’s more of a tale about the drug itself and how severely it can alter the chemical structure of the brain and the rest of the body. It’s important to take part in all of the requirements set forth by a detox facility as this will help the person defeat the addiction. There are usually counselors who can talk to the person about life in general and why the person believes a drug can help. A doctor can often prescribe other medications that aren’t addictive and that help deal with anxiety, depression and other issues that the person might be experiencing. There are drugs like methadone that can help with the withdrawal symptoms of hydrocodone. Sometimes, these drugs can give the person a high as well, so it’s important that they be administered in a professional setting where nurses or a doctor can monitor how much is given and whether the person really takes the drug or hides it so that it can be sold later.

The length of time that it takes to completely withdraw from hydrocodone will depend on the person. Those who take the drug for longer periods of time will find that it’s harder to overcome the addiction and that it will take longer to get back to a normal life. There are a few signs that someone might be addicted to the drug. One is neglecting family and friends. Another is always staying broke with nothing physically to show for the lack of money. Sometimes, the person might have an abundance of energy for no apparent reason. Family members and friends who believe someone is addicted to hydrocodone should seek help as soon as possible.

Posted by - July 24, 2017 at 11:46 pm

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Therapy Culture and Practice with Older Adults

The increasing number of people living longer lives is a cause of worldwide debate over how to enable those senior citizens aging with dignity. Instead of seeing them as looming social and economic burden, it is important to provide them care and understanding. How we care for our elderly citizens is a reflection of who we are as a society.

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In a not so distant past, people took it upon themselves to take care of their aging parents, and this custom continues in some of the traditional societies. Today, not only that people do not have enough time to do so, but they are also aware that senior citizens require much more knowledge and a professional approach and treatment.

 

General Knowledge about Aging

To be able to provide appropriate care to elderly citizens, it is important to be aware of how aging influences them, both physically and mentally. It is inevitable that aging brings with it the need to accommodate to numerous physical changes and functional limitations. Furthermore, different development of social and psychological changes, have a significant impact on how will the person accept the aging process.

Some of the normal biological changes accompanying aging are the ones impacting sensory acuity, body composition, performance capacity, immunological responses, etc.

 

Clinical Issues Accompanying Older People

Practitioners and therapists must realize that most of the older adults do not face any clinical issues and generally have good mental health. Still, certain percentage (20-22%) meets criteria for mental disorder. Whether they already have a history of mental illness or they develop certain condition as they are growing old, it is crucial to give an appropriate therapeutic response to all of the symptoms.

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 Some psychological issues tend to present with an emphasis on somatic rather than emotional symptoms (late-life depression, anxiety, etc.), so it is essential to keep a close eye for those clues. Senior citizens living with dementia may experience coexisting psychological symptoms (anxiety, depression, paranoia, etc.). The best way to respond to them is being familiar with symptoms presentations and prevailing mental disorders in late life.

 

Communicating with Older Adults

Sometimes, we have a tendency of stereotyping older people, and we rely on those stereotypes to reduce any uncertainties regarding communication with them. However, if that is the only thing we rely on then we are risking of being misunderstood or even thoughtless. What to do then?

First, you must recognize your own stereotypes, and then acknowledge that they do not have to be accurate. Ask thoughtful questions, but avoid patronizing with your speech. This kind of speech is viewed negatively by most of the elderly people, because it is disrespectful and reminds of “baby talk”. Pay attention to your nonverbal communication signals too.

 

Caring for Older People

Taking care of the elderly people requires a lot of patience and respect, but it is also something that should be thought. Medical practitioners are a valuable asset for training and educating new professionals, volunteers, and other team members and persons who are nursing seniors. They can also convey their knowledge to family members who have taken upon themselves to care for their senior family member.

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There is also a possibility of attending aged care course designed to achieve the same goals. As for the professional caregivers, they are encouraged to pursue continuous education and improvement in order to enhance their competence and keep up with the ongoing changes in medicine and psychology. It is up to us, as a society, to produce more and more professionals to do so and provide them with all the necessary knowledge to be the best they can be in their jobs.

Posted by Sophia Smith - March 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm

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Athlete’s Foot-Natural Cures and Remedies

Athlete’s Foot-Prevalence in General Population

Why write an article about curing athlete’s foot? Well, for many good reasons. To start with, it’s not an exclusive club limited to just athletes, or feet for that matter. It is the most common fungal infection of the skin. Athlete’s foot effects about 15%-25% of all people at any given time. UK findings suggest that athlete’s foot is present in about 15% of the general population. Dermatology clinics in Italy found prevalence’s of 25%. In China it came in at about 27% and in Israel the prevalence among children clocks in at around 30%. Secondly, over 70% of all people worldwide will contract the condition during some point in their lives. That’s a lot of fungus!

Before we investigate some of these miraculous cures, let’s first take a look at just what athlete’s foot is all about.

 

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot, scientifically known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection of the upper layers of dead skin on the foot. There are several subspecies of fungus found in Africa and Europe, however, the two types of fungus that most commonly cause athlete’s foot are Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. T. rubrum usually effects the area between the toes and is easily treated. T. mentagrophytes can effect the entire foot, causing what is known as “moccasin foot” and would be considered a chronic condition that is much harder to treat and eradicate. The fungus is a parasite and feeds on keratin which is a protein found in dead skin, hair and nails. They do not attack or feed on living tissue and prefers dark, moist, warm conditions to thrive, and the foot in our shoe is the ideal habitat for the fungus to grow and multiply.

 

Symptoms

The symptoms which might present themselves, depending on which type of fungus you have been affected with, are many. Some of the more common symptoms are itching, burning and stinging between the toes, usually between the last two smaller ones. You may also experience these symptoms on the soles of your feet. The skin may become red and raw and the sweat may seem to be sticky or tacky with a foul smell akin to vinegar and/or yeast. Cracking, peeling and dry skin anywhere on the foot are less common and may indicate a more invasive chronic infection. The infected areas may also show signs of swelling and small blisters may appear on the surface of the skin.

 

How Do You Get It?

Athlete’s foot is a contagious disease and can be contracted in a number of ways. It can be transmitted through direct or indirect contact. Direct contraction can occur when an individual comes into direct contact with the skin of another individual who is infected. Indirect contact can occur when an individual comes into contact with the fungus on inanimate objects such as towels, locker room floors, shared showers in the home, gym, pool or workout center. Sharing socks and footwear with an infected individual can also lead to a cross infection. Pets who are allowed to roam outdoors can also carry the fungus and transmit it into the dwelling where it may infect the entire family or household.

The spores, or “seeds”, of the fungus can survive for years in a dormant state, without food or moisture, when conditions are less than favorable for it to thrive. As soon as an unsuspecting host, a foot we’ll say, comes walking along and comes into contact with these spores, they soon emerge from this dormant state and begin to proliferate.

 

Susceptibility

Some people are more susceptible in contracting athlete’s foot. Certain individuals may come into contact with the fungus and never develop the condition at all or even know that they are carrying it. They are, however, able to act as carriers and in turn infect other people. The reported prevalence of athlete’s foot in men is higher than in women. Susceptibility also increases with age. If you have a history of being susceptible to fungal infections, you stand more of a chance of contracting athlete’s foot. Certain medications such as antibiotics, birth control pills and corticosteroids also increase your chances of contracting the condition. If your immune system is impaired or compromised due to conditions such as diabetes, HIV or cancer, you may contract the disease more readily than others. If your immune system is weakened due to stress, poor diet, smoking or the over consumption of alcohol, you also may be at risk of contracting athlete’s foot. You may also be more susceptible in contracting it if you live in a climate that is warm and humid most of the time.

 

Just For Feet?

Not many people are aware of the fact that the same fungi that causes athlete’s foot can spread to other parts of the body. It is confusing to many due to the fact that the fungus that causes athlete’s foot is most usually termed a different name when it affects other parts of the body. It is called jock itch when it affects the area of the groin, ringworm when it affects areas of the skin other than the feet, Tinea capitus when it affects the scalp, Tinea barbae when found within the beard, Tinea faciei when it grows on the face and Tinea manuum when it infests the palms of hands. It can also infect the underarms, legs nails and virtually any other part of the body. All of these conditions are caused by the identical organism. The fungus can spread to these other areas simply by touching an affected area with your fingers and transmitting it to another part of the body or by spreading the fungus around with a towel. If you have athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you dry your feet first with a separate towel other than the one you will be using to dry off the rest of your body.

 

Complications

Normally, athlete’s foot is a fairly common condition that, with a little effort and diligence, can be effectively treated and eliminated. However, there are several things to watch out for if you are suffering from athlete’s foot. The main concern is secondary bacterial infection. This can occur when the skin becomes broken due to scratching which can be an open invitation to pathogens. If left untreated, the bacteria can migrate to the deeper tissues of the body and can cause septicemia (blood poisoning), which can be a life threatening condition. Patients who are considered obese, or have HIV, diabetes or cancer pose a higher risk of contracting a bacterial infection than do the average populace due to the fact of them having a lowered immune system. Diabetics in particular need to take certain precautions to prevent any bacterial infections of the feet from becoming dangerous foot ulcerations.

 

Prevention

The first and foremost tactic in preventing an infection by athlete’s foot fungus is to keep your body healthy. When your body is experiencing optimal health, your immune system also tends to be operating and functioning at its maximum efficiency thus has the ability to fend off undesirable pathogenic invaders. A diet rich in fresh, whole food while avoiding denatured processed food is a must. This aspect will be further addressed in a future article.

 

  • Ensure that your feet are completely dry prior to putting on socks and footwear. If you are prone to athlete’s foot or have had it in the past, you may opt to “finish” off the drying process by using a blow dryer set on low.
  • Keep your feet clean and be sure to never wear the same socks twice.
  • If your feet are prone to heavy sweating, you may choose to change your socks twice daily.
  • Wear socks that are made from natural fibers such as cotton or wool.
  • If at all possible, air out your feet as much as as you can throughout the course of the day. Exposing them to sunshine can also be extremely beneficial.
  • If you live near the beach, a barefoot wade in the salty water can work wonders.
  • Wear shower sandals in gym showers, locker rooms, hotel rooms and whenever you frequent public pools.
  • Ensure that your feet are completely dry prior to putting on socks and footwear. If you are prone to athlete’s foot or have had it in the past, you may opt to “finish” off the drying process by using a blow dryer set on low.
  • Keep your feet clean and be sure to never wear the same socks twice. If your feet are prone to heavy sweating, you may choose to change your socks twice daily.
  • Wear socks that are made from natural fibers such as cotton or wool.
  • If at all possible, air out your feet as much as as you can throughout the course of the day. Exposing them to sunshine can also be extremely beneficial.
  • If you live near the beach, a barefoot wade in the salty water can work wonders.
  • Wear shower sandals in gym showers, locker rooms, hotel rooms and whenever you frequent public pools.
  • Try to wear shoes that are well ventilated and choose ones that are not entirely made from plastics and rubber.
  • If you have an active case of athlete’s foot, wash out the shower or bath with a strong disinfectant after each use. Never share towels and always wash your hands well after coming into contact with the effected areas.

 

Natural Remedies and Home Cures

There are many natural remedies that can alleviate and cure athlete’s foot just as effectively as over the counter or prescription drugs, creams and ointments. In many cases, I have found that these home remedies actually work faster and are more effective when it comes to eradicating athlete’s foot. The benefits of using these methods is that there are virtually no side effects; most of us may already have the items in our house. The treatment also works out to be drastically less expensive then doctors visits and medically prescribed pharmaceuticals.

Some methods may seem to be a bit bizarre such as using bleach, deodorants and antiperspirants, Vicks Vaporub, yogurt and iodine. I won’t get into every proposed cure that’s on the internet. Instead, I will focus only on the methods that I have used and which have had the most positive results.
Note: Fungus and yeasts, much like bacteria, have the ability to build up an immunity and resistance to certain treatments, so alternating and combining remedies will produce the most beneficial results. Also, it is advisable to continue the treatment for a period of time after the symptoms have disappeared to ensure that all of the fungus is killed off. A periodic treatment every now and again, even when you are symptom free, is also extremely beneficial at keeping the invaders at bay.

 

  1. Ozonated Olive Oil or Paste- This oil or paste, originally developed by Nikola Tesla, has the remarkable ability to cure and treat many different ailments and conditions; from warts, poison ivy, poison oak, blisters, burns, acne, sunburn, cuts, bruises, and many more. It is basically highly oxygenated (O3) infused oil. Massage well into your feet, at least up to the ankles, being sure to get in between the toes and under the nails as much as possible. Do this once in the morning and once in the evening before going to bed. Condition usually clears up within 2-4 days.
  2. Tea Tree/Lemongrass Oil- This is one of my favorites and by far one of the most effective. You can apply these essential oils, in equal parts, directly onto the effected areas straight out of the bottle. Use a cotton bud or cotton ball to apply evenly. Considering that some people are sensitive to essential oils, be sure to first dab a small bit on your skin to ensure that you won’t have a reaction. Do this once in the morning and once in the evening before you go to bed. Depending on the severity of the infection, you may observe noticeable results the following day. I also recommend rubbing a generous amount of this mixture to the inside of your shoes. If you are sensitive to either of these oils you may want to try diluting them in a pan of warm water or foot bath. Add 30 drops of each and soak feet for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar/Himalayan Sea Salt- This is also another highly effective method that is used to banish athlete’s foot fungus. This will create a highly acidic environment in which the fungus simply can not survive. Dissolve 3 tablespoons of the salt in warm water and add a 1/2 cup of the vinegar. Raw, organic, unfiltered vinegar seems to work the best. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Other Essential Oils- Neem, Lavender and Oregano- These oils contain compounds which possess highly anti-fungal properties. They can either be used on their own or combined with each other. Use neat or 20 drops of each diluted in warm water. Twice daily.
  5. Coconut Oil- The effects that coconut oil has on killing yeasts and fungus can not be over emphasized! It is a truly amazing remedy for a plethora of ailments. Be sure to use raw, cold pressed unbleached oil. Coconut oil contains high amounts of caprylic acid which is highly anti-fungal. Apply twice daily to affected areas.
  6. Fresh Raw Ginger- Grate about an ounce of ginger into 1 cup of water and simmer for twenty minutes. Let cool and either soak or apply the liquid directly onto your feet. Again, twice daily seems to yield the best results.
  7. Fresh Raw Garlic- Although this may not seem to be the easiest, and odor friendly way of eradicating athlete’s foot, it still is highly effective. Crush about 4 cloves of garlic into a smooth paste. Apply to the effected areas paying particular attention to the areas in between the toes. This could be done twice per day.
  8. Ginger and Turmeric Essential Oils- These oils on their own have amazing anti-fungal properties, but when combined, they exert a synergistic effect which increases their potency. Combine the oils in equal proportions and apply directly onto the affected areas or dilute 30 drops of each into a warm foot bath.
  9. Olive Oil and Sesame Oil- These two oils have good anti-fungal properties. Mix both together and apply to affected ares twice daily.
  10. Olive Leaf Extract- Olive leaf contains natural anti-fungals and when extracted in its concentrated form it is even more effective in treating athlete’s foot. Apply directly to effected area twice daily. It can also be purchased as a tea where it can be infused in hot water to make a foot soak. Twice daily.
  11. Pau d’arco- Pau d’arco is a truly amazing natural medicine; to amazing to list all of its benefits here. I Suggest you do a little research into this powerful healing aid. Pau d’arco is a tree found in South and Central America in which the inner bark of the tree is used medicinally. It has incredibly strong anti-fungal properties. Simply add 3 tablespoons to 1 quart (litre) of cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool and soak feet for 30 minutes. This brew can be used several times. To enhance the properties, squeeze half a lemon into the water when simmering and add in 1 lemongrass stalk.
  12. Cinnamon and Lemon Soak- Break up about 10 cinnamon sticks and add to 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool the liquid down and squeeze in 2 lemons just before you soak your feet. Twice daily. This mixture can be used multiple times.

 

So, I hope that this information served you well and good luck trying out these remedies to finally wipe out that bothersome fungi.

Be sure to check out my next post which will cover what you can do to effectively combat athlete’s foot from a dietary standpoint.

 

Author: David Rossi is a Certified Nutritional Therapist at Back To Life Therapies, http://backtolifetherapies.weebly.com/ and operates a clinic in Wicklow Town, Ireland. He also consults national and international clients through a confidential Skype session. With a strong university medical back round in biology, chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, David is able to apply this knowledge to his current field. His main focus is Nutritional Therapy, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Management, Reiki and Body Detox.

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Posted by backtolifetherapies - November 4, 2015 at 12:33 pm

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