Athlete’s Foot & Jock Itch:
Essential Oils More Effective than OTC or Rx
Athlete’s Foot / Jock Itch
Tinea Pedis aka athlete’s foot is a common skin fungus that is quite itchy. The most common treatment is topical antifungal ointments. Tinea cruris aka jock itch, and other skin fungal infections, are treated the same way. Most Over-The-Counter OTC products only slow down the spread of the fungus and control the symptom but never completely kill the infection. However; Most skin fungi are a sign of a systemic failure of the immune system and not a topical issue.
Rather than being dependent on OTC remedies that you have to keep buying because it rarely gets rid of the fungus, essential oils actually kill the infection. I recommend a 3 pronged approach. Step 1 Topically: Tea Tree Oil. Put a couple ounces in your bottle of shower gel to clean the affected area. thoroughly towel dry the area after washing and apply more tea tree oil directly onto skin. This will start breaking up the fungi colony and also create a moisture barrier to avoid water and sweat from getting into the area. Fungi love moisture. Step 2 Systemic: use an oral supplement Oil of Oregano. It is a very powerful anti-microbial. Take 2 gelcaps twice a day for the first week. Then 1 gelcap twice a day. This will remove fungus (and other infections) systemically. Step 3 Probiotics: Since these infections are a sign of a compromised immune system, probiotics will boost immunity. The bacteria flora in the intestines account for 70% of the immune system.
Several years back I was suffering from skin fungal infections while in the Navy. I used all the OTC remedies along with prescription ointments. I used them for a couple of years and would it not go away. One dermatologist told me that the one on my chest was a fungal scar and would never clear up. I heard a doctor on the radio talking about oil of oregano. I tried it along with the tea tree oil. Not only did the infection clear up but so did the “scar”.
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