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पथरी का होम्योपैथिक इलाज - Pathri Ka Homeopathic Ilaaj!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
पथरी का होम्योपैथिक इलाज - Pathri Ka Homeopathic Ilaaj!

आज पथरी का होम्योपैथिक इलाज संभव है. शरीर में पथरी बनने का कोई स्पष्ट कारण का तो पता नहीं चला है. पर शरीर में अतिरिक्त गर्मी बढ़ने से, गर्म जलवायु से, कम मात्रा में पानी पीने से इत्यादि कारणों से शरीर में जल की कमी होकर डिहाइड्रेशन की स्थिति हो जाती है जिससे पेशाब में कमी व सघनता हो जाती है. इस कारण शरीर में यूरिक एसिड की मात्रा अधिक हो जाती है, कैल्शियम आक्सलेट पेशाब के माध्यम से बाहर नहीं हो पाता है, इसके अलावा फॉस्फेट, अमोनियम फॉस्फेट, मैग्नीशियम कार्बोनेट आदि तत्व किडनी के नली जमने लगते है जो धीरे-धीरे पथरी का रूप ले लेते हैं. पाचन प्रणाली के खराबी के कारण भी इस प्रकार के दोष होते हैं व पथरी बनते हैं.
हालांकि पथरी (stone) कई हिस्से में हो सकते हैं, जैसे किडनी में, मूत्राशय में, गोल ब्लाडर में, पित्ताशय में, पेशाब के नली में इत्यादि. पर किडनी में पथरी की रोग अधिक पाये जाते हैं. किडनी में पथरी बनने का मुख्य कारण गलत खानपान व कम पानी पीना है. कम पानी पीने से शरीर में यूरिक एसिड की मात्रा बढ़ जाती है जिससे किडनी में पथरी बनते हैं.

पथरी के लक्षण-
पथरी के बनने पर पेट के निचले हिस्से में, पीठ में या कमर में तीव्र दर्द हो सकता है या चलने-फिरने पर भी दर्द हो सकता है. ये दर्द अचानक होते हैं जो धीरे-धीरे बढ़ कर असहनीय हो जाते हैं. चूँकि पथरी अलग-अलग स्थानों पर बन सकता है इसलिए दर्द का स्थान भी अलग-अलग हो सकता है. कभी-कभी पथरी का आकार छोटा रहने पर दर्द नहीं होता है जिससे पथरी होने का पता भी नहीं चलता है पर जब इसका आकार बढ़ जाता है तब या जब ये पेशाब के रास्ते में आ जाता है तब दर्द का एहसास होता है. पेशाब के रास्ता में पथरी आने पर अचानक भयंकर दर्द होता है और दर्द की तीव्रता बढ़ती जाती है जो जांघ, अंडकोष या महिलाओं में योनि द्वार तक चला जाता है. कभी-कभी मूत्रमार्ग में पथरी फँसने से पेशाब रुक जाता है या पेशाब में खून आने लगता है व पेशाब करते समय दर्द होता है. पथरी होने पर पेशाब का रंग बदल जाता है. पेशाब का रंग लाल, गुलाबी या हल्का भूरा हो जाता है. किडनी में पथरी होने पर पेशाब करते समय दर्द भी होता है व जी मचलने तथा उल्टी की भी शिकायत होती है. पथरी का दर्द इतना भयंकर रहता है कि इसके वजह से मरीज न तो बैठ सकता है न लेट सकता है और न खड़ा ही रह सकता है. इस दर्द में एक बेचैनी सी रहती है.

पथरी से बचाव व इलाज-
पथरी से बचने के लिए अधिक मात्रा में पानी पीना चाहिए. भोजन में कैल्शियम व आक्सलेट युक्त पदार्थ का सेवन सीमित मात्रा में ही करनी चाहिए. पथरी होने पर टमाटर, मूली, भिंडी, पालक, बैगन व मीट का सेवन नहीं करना चाहिए. पथरी होने पर एलोपैथी चिकित्सा पद्धति में इसे ऑपरेशन करके या ‘लिथोट्रिप्टर’ नामक यंत्र से किरण के माध्यम से गलाकर बाहर निकालते हैं. यह अत्यधिक महँगा इलाज है और इससे पथरी निकल तो जाती है पर इससे पथरी बनने की प्रवृति समाप्त नहीं होती है. पर होमियोपैथी चिकित्सा पद्धति में कई ऐसे चमत्कारी दवाई हैं जिनका लक्षण के आधार पर सेवन करके बिना ऑपरेशन के दवाई द्वारा ही पथरी को निकालकर पथरी बनने के कारण को भी समाप्त किया जा सकता है. पथरी यदि छोटा (समान्यतः 3 मिमी से छोटा) रहता है तो दवाई के प्रयोग से ही यह आसानी से बाहर आ जाता है. पर पथरी बड़ा रहने पर होमियोपैथी दवा के साथ अन्य आधुनिक उपचार की भी जरूरत होती है. आइये पथरी का होमियोपैथिक इलाज से संबंधित कुछ दवाओं पर नजर डालें.

पथरी के इलाज के लिए होमियोपैथिक दवाई-
बर्बेरिस बल्गारिस (Berberis Vulgaris): - किडनी व पित्ताशय दोनों तरह की पथरी के लिए यह उत्तम दवा है. किडनी के जगह से दर्द शुरू होकर पेट के निचले हिस्से तक या पाँव तक दर्द का जाना, हिलने-डुलने या दबाव से दर्द बढ़ना, दर्द कम होने पर रोगी का दाहिने ओर झुकना, म्यूकस युक्त या चिपचिपा लाल या चमकदार लाल कण युक्त पेशाब होना, पेशाब में जलन होना, बार-बार पेशाब होना, पेशाब करने के बाद ऐसा महसूस होना जैसे कुछ पेशाब अभी रह गया हो, पेशाब करने पर जांघ या कमर में दर्द होना इत्यादि लक्षण में इस दवाई का सेवन करना चाहिए.
लाइकोपोडियम (Lycopodium): - पेशाब होने से पहले कमर में तीव्र दर्द होना, दायें किडनी में दर्द व पथरी होना, मूत्रमार्ग से मूत्राशय तक जानेवाला दर्द होना, बार-बार पेशाब जाने की इच्छा होना, पेशाब में ईंट के चुरा जैसा लाल पदार्थ निकलना, किसी शीशी में पेशाब रखने पर नीचे लाल कण का जम जाना व पेशाब बिल्कुल साफ रहना, पेशाब धीरे-धीरे होना आदि लक्षणों में इस दवाई का सेवन करना चाहिए.
सारसापेरिला (Sarsaparilla): - बैठकर पेशाब करने में तकलीफ होना व बूंद-बूंद पेशाब उतरना जबकि खड़े होकर पेशाब करने में आसानी से पेशाब उतरना, पेशाब का मटमैला होना व पेशाब में सफेद पदार्थ निकलना, पेशाब के अंत में असह्य दर्द होना व गर्म चीजों के सेवन से यह दर्द बढ़ना आदि लक्षणों में इस दवाई का सेवन करना चाहिए.
कैल्केरिया कार्ब (Calcarea Carb): - यह दवा दर्द दूर करने का उत्तम दवा है. किडनी के पथरी में इसे दिया जा सकता है. मूत्र नली में पथरी हो या पथरी के जगह पर तीव्र दर्द हो, रोगी को खूब पसीना आ रहा हो आदि लक्षणों में इस दवा का प्रयोग किया जा सकता है.
ओसिमम कैनम (Ocimum Canum): - तुलसी पत्ता से बनने वाली इस औषधि में यूरिक एसिड बनने के प्रवृति रोकने की गुण है अतः यूरिक एसिड से बनने वाली पथरी में यह दवा लाभकारी होता है. पेशाब में लाल कण आता हो, दाहिना तरफ किडनी के जगह पर दर्द हो तो इस दवा का सेवन किया जा सकता है.

नोट: -
यहाँ पथरी के इलाज संबंधी कुछ होम्योपैथिक दवाई का उल्लेख किया गया है, जो जानकारी मात्र के लिए है. पाठकों को सलाह दी जाती है कि वे अपने चिकित्सक के देखरेख में ही इलाज कारायें व चिकित्सक के परामर्श से ही किसी भी प्रकार का दवाई का सेवन करें.
 

Gallbladder Stone - Homeopathic Ways Of Treating It!

MD - Homoeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
Gallbladder Stone - Homeopathic Ways Of Treating It!

Homeopathy can very well dissolve gall stones of small and medium sizes, and relieve the gall bladder and body permanently from the pain, suffering and complications coming from gall stones. One of the benefits of homeopathic treatment for gall stones is that your gall bladder does not need removal, and being an important organ for producing digestive enzymes, it is better to keep it in your body. The other benefit is that you get a side effect-free treatment, which is completely efficient and practical, and costs really low compared to other modes of treatments and surgeries.

But before one goes for a homeopathic treatment, a complete evaluation of the patient’s case history must be done so that the right medicine can be given as per the case, history, severity etc. Here is a quick look at the commonly used homeopathic medicines, which doctors, depending on your case history, may prescribe for your gall stone.

Homeopathic medicines used for treating gall stones

  1. Calcarea carbonica: If you have a family history of kidney and gall stones, are anxious and slow, overweight with high deposits of triglycerides and cholesterol, then you would be given this medicine.
  2. Chelidonium: If you get pain in any or both of the two patterns pain originating under your right shoulder blade and pain in the upper right abdomen, which spreads to the back, you will be prescribed this one.
  3. Lycopodium: This medicine is usually recommended in case you have a family history of stones in kidney and gall bladder, along with other complications like, chronic digestive disordershigh cholesterol, gastric problems, constipationpeptic ulcers, gas and bloating. The patient may usually get biliary colic pains late in the afternoon. He or she may also get irritated easily, and hate contradicting opinions.
  4. Natrum sulphuricum: The patient may have any or some of the problems like chronic diarrhea, gall stone pain, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depressionobesity and problem in joints. On top of that the patient may be too sensitive to changes in humidity and weather. In such a case, Natrum sulphuricum is given.
  5. Nux vomica: If a patient suffers from nausea, colic pains, spasmodic pains, heartburn and acidity, gas and bloating, and takes too much of rich and oily food and drinks, then this medicine is used to treat gall stones for him or her.

As you can see, there is a remedy for all types of patients. Hence in case of small to medium sized gall stones, you can always retain the gall bladder, avoid surgeries, and keep patience with systematic homeopathic treatment from an expert doctor. You will get positive results soon.

Hello Which is the best tablet/syrup for liver and kidney care. Because my legs and hands are swelling occasionally, is it a sign of bad kidney function?

General Physician, Jaipur
Hello Which is the best tablet/syrup for liver and kidney care. Because my legs and hands are swelling occasionally, ...
It might be due to impaired liver and kidney function. But for conformation you need to done liver function test (LFT), Renal Function test (RFT).
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Eczema - How Can It Be Treated With Homeopathy?

BHMS, CCPH
Homeopath, Surat
Eczema - How Can It Be Treated With Homeopathy?

Eczema is a common chronic skin condition, which is characterized by skin inflammation and irritation. The most prevalent type of eczema is Atopic dermatitis. It is not a communicable disease and is usually caused, owing to immunological alterations within the body. Eczema can be cured if the persistent immunological disturbances get corrected by internal medications like homeopathy treatment, which is known for providing safe and effective treatment.

The presence of red, inflamed and itchy skin can trigger psychosocial and emotional stress in the patients suffering from eczema and can become a dominant cause of severe discomfort.

Homeopathy treatment for eczema
In homeopathy, Eczema is considered as an external demonstration of an internal disease; it requires internal and deep cleansing to tackle the problem effectively. The treatment of eczema begins with the assessment of initial symptoms in order to identify the root causes of the disorder effectively.

Homeopathic treatment is based on Individualisation. Same medicine will not work on every patient even if they all suffer from same disease. So detail study of person (by knowing sign and symptoms of patient along with his nature, stress, mode of living, occupation) is very important for selection of Homoeopathic Medicine. That only brings a permenant Cure.

The fundamental characteristic of homeopathy treatment is that it targets:

  1. Genetic components
  2. Coping mechanism with sentimental triggers

Major advantages of homeopathy include:

  1. It treats the disturbances of immune system and treats the roots of this disease
  2. In most of the cases its effects are long lasting
  3. It is non-toxic and causes zero side effects

The following are effective homeopathic remedies to treat eczema:

  1. Excessive itching: Sulphur is a Natural Homeopathic medicine, which is considered one of the most effective remedies for eczema. It provides instant relief from burning sensation and excessive itching. It is also beneficial in the case of eczema that has worsened due to the indiscriminate usage of external ointments.
  2. Weeping type of eczema: Graphite is an effective homeopathic medication that treats the weeping type of eczema that usually occurs between fingers or toes, behind the ears and scalp. It provides effective relief from eczematous eruptions that discharge sticky fluid and eczema that develops on eyelids.
  3. Dry eczema in knees joints and bents of elbow: Sepia officinalis is an ideal homeopathic remedy for eczema in knees and bends of elbow. It provides relief from severe scratching that occurs due to dry skin.
  4. Gastric or urinary trouble: Lycopodium clavatum is an effective remedy for patients suffering from some sort of urinary or gastric trouble. It is also known to provide effective relief from severe itching and bleeding resulting from eczematous eruptions. It also provides relief in cases of deep fissures and hardening of skin.
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I am a female diagnosed with multiple gall stones. 6 mm being the largest one. I don't want to go for surgery. Is there any other way to get it treated. Sometimes my left stomach pains and I have a feeling of something stuck on my breast bone and it becomes uneasy for me. Can you suggest some treatment without operation please.

BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
I am a female diagnosed with multiple gall stones. 6 mm being the largest one. I don't want to go for surgery. Is the...
There is no way to expel gall bladder stones (unlike case of kidney stones). So gall stones if they r not creating problem, let them be there. But do follow annual checkups. But if they r causing problem, its better to remove them.
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All You Need to Know About Gallstone Pancreatitis

DM - Gastroenterology, MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery
Gastroenterologist, Noida
All You Need to Know About Gallstone Pancreatitis

Gallstone Pancreatitis is the result of a blockage in the pancreatic duct by a gallstone. Due to the blockage in the pancreatic duct, inflammation occurs and causes the problem to begin.

This can be a life-threatening situation and should be immediately checked. If the stones from the gallbladder travel down the common bile duct and get stuck at the sphincter, it can stop the outflow of all materials from the pancreas as well as the liver and become quite severe. There are a lot of risks involved when a person suffers from this issue. Rapid weight loss, high cholesterol levels, diabetes are a few of the risks of the disease.

Symptoms of Gallstone Pancreatitis
There are a number of symptoms like pangs of pain in the upper left abdomen and the back, swollen and tender abdomen, vomiting and nausea, increase in the heart rate, fever and more can be seen in a patient suffering from gallstone pancreatitis. Any individual who notices any of the following symptoms should get themselves checked immediately. Any pain in the upper abdominal area can be aggravated by eating foods which are high in fat as well.

Diagnosis of Gallstone Pancreatitis
In order to be completely sure about having gallstone pancreatitis, a number of tests are performed. Blood tests are followed by abdominal CAT scan to check for the inflammation of the pancreas. This also shows how severe the inflammation of the pancreas is. Sometimes abdominal ultrasound is also suggested as CAT scans are sometimes not as sensitive in identifying the problem. Once the problem has been detected, immediate treatment is recommended by doctors.

The Treatment of Gallstone Pancreatitis
The best treatment for pancreatitis is done in the initial stage of the problem. By avoiding taking in liquids and solid food up until the inflammation subsides is one of the best treatments. If the inflammation is relatively modest, the swelling can reduce in a few days by intravenous delivery of fluids for a couple of days.

1. If a CAT scan or MRI of abdomen suggest that a stone in present in the Common bile Duct (CBD), the an Endoscopic treatment referred as ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography) is done. 

2. After the acute pancreatitis episode settles down, patient must undergo a Gall Bladder removal surgery. This is done as gall bladder is the factory of gall stones and patient is at-risk to another episode of Acute Pancreatitis.

In case of severe inflammation, fever and persisting pain, intravenous delivery of food should continue if oral intake of food does not start within 5 to 7 days. Anti-nausea medications are used to treat severe nausea and vomiting along with nasogastric tube. In certain cases, it is important to remove the gallstones from the bladder immediately while in some cases doctors suggest waiting for a period of 24-48 hours before starting the removal procedure. Sometimes a surgical removal of the gallstones is also required but only if the stones do not pass out of the system on their own.

Athlete s Foot - Know More About Its Causes!

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Athlete s Foot - Know More About Its Causes!

Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is a commonly occurring infection of the skin which is caused by fungus. The medical name of this condition is known as tinea pedis. It is a fungal infection which primarily affects the skin on the feet. It is a contagious condition. It might also spread to the toenails and the hands. The disease is named as athlete’s foot because it mostly affects athletes. This is not a serious condition but sometimes it can be hard to cure.

Any condition that causes inflammation of the skin and affects the skin between the toes and the sole of the foot is generally referred to as athlete’s foot. The condition presents itself as scaly, red and raw looking eruptions and sometimes it might also be oozing with small blisters. It can affect both athletes and non-athletes alike. It is caused fungal infections but there might be other causes also which can be distinguished through proper testing.

There are different kinds of fungi that might be responsible for causing athlete’s foot. Exposure to these fungi can happen at many places which include swimming pools, gyms, communal showers, locker rooms, nail salons and from contaminated clothing from an affected person. It is a contagious disease and can spread from contact from affected individual to non-affected individual. Majority of the people contract this disease by walking barefoot at the place where someone suffering from athlete’s foot has also walked barefoot. Some people can be more at risk than others for the disease while others might be resistant to the condition. This condition is also known by the name ‘Jungle Rot’. This is usually used by the members of the armed services serving in tropical climates.

Infections caused by different fungi are spread by moisture and warmth. It is believed that the condition of athlete’s foot was less prevalent before the advent of enclosed shoes. It was thought to be a rare condition and became more prevalent in the 1900s as more and more health clubs and shoes became popular. If an individual contracts this disease once, it does not guarantee resistance from subsequently occurring infections.

Globally, this condition occurs in about 15% of the population. Males are more likely to develop this disease than females. Older children and younger adults are more often affected. This condition is treatable by the use of over the counter antifungal medicines. Prescription medicines are also available.

What does athlete’s foot look like?
Athlete’s foot caused by fungal infections leads to rashes on one or both the feet and can also affect the hands. Marks or rashes on two feet and one hand is a common characteristic of the presentation of athlete’s foot especially in men. Fungal athlete’s foot can also cause ringworm of the groin which is mostly seen in men or can cause ringworm on the hands. The fungal infections on the hands are known as tinea manuum. All areas affected by fungal infection should be treated simultaneously to decrease the risk of re-infection.

Risk factors of Athlete’s foot-
Some risk factors for developing athlete’s foot include walking barefoot in areas like communal showers, indoor swimming pools, locker rooms etc. which can lead to increased exposure to pathogenic fungi which are the cause of athlete’s foot. Individuals with the problem of excessive sweating or other sources of excessive moisture is also a common risk factor. Wearing occlusive footwear like trainers and socks can also prove to be a factor. People suffering from diabetes are also more prone to the disease. Pedicures when done in unhygienic environments can cause significant risk. Wearing the same socks and shoes for long periods can also lead to the development of athlete’s foot. Men are more at risk than women for this condition.

Athlete’s foot Symptoms-

  • Athlete’s foot can be demarcated into 4 categories namely, Plantar with plantar referring to the sole of the foot, interdigital athlete’s foot which means between the toes, acute ulcerative tinea pedis that leads to the development of lesions with scaly borders and vesiculobullous athlete’s foot which causes fluid filled lesions.
  • When interdigital athlete’s foot is caused by Trichophyton rubrum, the condition might be symptomless or may show signs such as itching, appearance of red or ulcerative skin between the toes which might or might not be itchy. An acute type of ulcerative interdigital athlete’s foot which is caused by T. mentagrophytes shows signs such as pain, erosion and fissures on skin, skin maceration, crusting of the skin and odor because of secondary bacterial infection.
  • Plantar’s athlete’s foot caused by T. rubrum shows signs such as appearance of redness on the sole of the foot which is often covered by fine, flaky scales. In case of vesiculobullous athlete’s foot is generally very rare and is caused by T. mentagrophytes and shows signs of itchy blisters on the soles of the foot.
  • General symptoms of the disease include itching, burning and stinging sensation between the toes, itchy blisters on the feet, dryness of the skin on the soles and the sides of the feet, discoloration of the toenails, raw skin on the feet, itching, stinging or burning sensation on the soles of the feet, pulling away of toenails from the nail bed, cracking and peeling of the skin generally between toes and on the soles of the feet, thick or crumby toenails etc.

Causes of Athlete’s foot-
Athlete’s foot is a form of dermatophytosis which refers to fungal infection of the skin which is generally caused by dermatophytes, fungus living in the layers of the skin and digesting keratin. These fungi which are parasitic in nature thrive in human hosts. The fungus that is related to the development of ring worm and jock itch is associated with causing athlete’s foot. Moisture providing places like damp socks and shoes provide a favorable condition for the fungi to grow. Exposure to the fungus is mostly through direct contact with a person infected by the disease or through coming in contact with places contaminated by the fungus. Showers, indoor swimming pool decks, locker rooms would be the most likely places to contract this disease.

Diagnosis of Athlete’s foot-
The most reliable and the best way to diagnose athlete’s foot is to recognize it’s causes and symptoms. Fungal athlete’s foot is very easy and straight forward to diagnose and treat. Getting the fungus removed from the foot is a very easy and cost-efficient process. The patient should immediately see a doctor if their rashes look infected and they have diabetes, the rash has changed into ulcers or sores that leak liquid or if the infection has spread to their groin or hands. If the rash just won’t go away or the symptoms get worse the doctors might suggest a biopsy. A skin lesion potassium hydroxide (KOH) exam is a very common test conducted by the doctors for athlete’s foot. A skin lesion is an unusual change on the skin’s surface. The doctors might order a KOH exam if they suspect fungus to be the reason for the skin lesion. The doctors will use a slide of glass or some other instrument to scrape off a bit of the skin from the patient’s lesion. The scraped skin is then mixed in with potassium hydroxide. Potassium hydroxide will destroy the healthy skin leaving behind only the fungus for the doctors to examine. The test is very simple and straightforward and has no risks to it.    

Athlete’s foot Treatment-
It is advised to get athlete’s foot treated as soon as a person notices any symptoms. Athlete’s foot can be treated by medications, home remedies or therapies. The treatment for the foot infection are as follows:

Over the counter medications
Many medications for the foot infection are available to treat fungal and non-fungal athlete’s foot. Medications such as miconazole (Desenex), clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF), terbinafine (Lamisil AT), tolnaftate (Tinactin), butenafine (Lotrimin Ultra) are available without any prescription of the doctor. Although, it is really hard to determine which one of these medications is the most effective. These medications are also available for purchase online over the internet.

Prescription medications-
Advanced or severe cases of athlete’s foot may require some oral anti-fungal pills such as prescription strength terbinafine. These medications are prescribed by consultation of doctors to restrict the spread of the infection. The drugs such as topical prescription strength miconazole and clotrimazole, oral anti-fungal medications such as fluconazole (Diflucan) and itraconazole (Sporanox) are also prescribed by the doctors. Lab tests to check for liver diseases will be done before the doctors prescribe these oral anti-fungal medications. Topical steroids are suggested for inflammatory infection to reduce the pain caused by the infection. Oral anti-biotics are suggested if raw skin and blisters are the reason for the bacterial infection. Topical steroids are not to be used in cases of fungal athlete’s foot as they help the fungus in spreading further by suppressing the immune system of the body. Topical steroid creams are more useful in treating non-fungal or non-infectious athlete’s foot. During pregnancy it is suggested that the patient should avoid anti-fungal pills because of possible harm to the fetus or other side effects that may take place.

Home Remedies-
Use of tea tree oil has been proven really helpful in treating athlete’s foot in recent years. But, it is suggested that the individual first confirms with their doctor that the use of tea tree oil won’t affect their skin as tea tree oil causes dermatitis in some cases. There are also other home remedies for treatment of athlete’s foot such as soaking your foot in dilute vinegar or use of dilute vinegar spray (four parts water and one-part household white vinegar), soaking the foot in diluted Clorox or taking a dilute Clorox bath (approximately one-fourth cup of Clorox household bleach in a tub of water). Other unconfirmed remedies also include use of Epsom salts and Vicks vapor rub.  

Complications Related to Athlete’s foot-
Athlete’s foot can cause complications in some cases. Minor complications include allergic infection due to fungus, blistering on the feet and hands. The fungal infection can also return even after being treated. More severe complications make take place in case of secondary bacterial infection. These complications include foot getting swollen, hot and painful, fever, drainage and pus. The infection might even spread further to other parts of the body if not treated in the early stages. Fungal nail infection (Onychomycosis) is also highly possible to take place because of the athlete’s foot. Groin infection (tinea cruris) and Body skin fungus (tinea corporis) may as well take place. Individuals with diseases that affect the immune system such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and diabetes will be prone to many kinds of infections. Athlete’s foot fungal infections with diabetes may cause severe ulcers on the body of the patient. Bacterial infection may cause cellulitis or inflammation of the skin of the patient. Use of topical steroid creams weakens the patient’s immune system which can result in other infection to take place. 

Prevention of Athlete’s foot-
There are many things an individual can do to avoid athlete’s foot such as maintaining proper hygiene and washing your feet with water and soap and drying them off properly every day. The area between the toes should be cleaned and dried off thoroughly.

  • Use anti-fungal powder for your feet every day.
  • Disinfecting your shoes by using disinfectant sprays and wipes. Do not share your towels, socks and shoes with others as this might result in spread of the infection. Wear sock and footwear made of breathable fibers and material that also wicks away the moisture from your feet.
  • Change your socks and shoes whenever your feet start to sweat. staying bare foot or in footwear like slippers is suggested at home to air out your feet and remove the moisture. Moisture helps the spread of fungus, to prevent athlete’s foot keep your feet clean and moisture free. Change between two or more different pair of shoes every other day to let each pair dry out between uses.  
  • Make sure family members with athlete’s foot are treated to avoid the spread of the infection to other family members.

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