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Athlete’s foot, a skin disease caused by a fungus, can leave your feet burning. And itching. And cracking. And blistering. Do nothing and you can expect chronic discomfort. Spend just a little time and you can expect relief.

Slip on a pair of flip-flops. It only takes a few seconds to put them on and you’ll have more protection, especially in high foot-traffic areas such as locker and shower rooms in health clubs.

Dry between your toes. Take a moment to thoroughly dry between the toes after bathing. Drying is important because athlete’s foot usually gains its toehold (literally) on the skin between your toes. And moisture makes it possible. Shoes, unfortunately, create an almost jungle-like atmosphere – warm, dark, humid. That’s the ideal environment for fostering fungus. So you’ll want to expose your feet to sunlight in your fight against fungus.

Change your sock 2 or 3 times a day. This is a good idea because it prevents moisture from building up.

Change your shoes regularly. Sitting out a day or two gives shoes time to dry out, especially if you wear light and airy shoes whenever possible, to reduce perspiration and discourage fungus growth.

Soak your feet in a solution of salt and warm water. That’s the advise of Glenn Copeland, D.P.M, author of The Foot Doctor. The saline solution provides an unattractive environment for the fungus, while at the same time softening the affected skin.

Author: 5-Minute Cures; Fast-Action Remedies for Common Health Problems.