Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot (alipunga or dermatophytosis) is an eruption on the skin characterized by the formation of itchy small vesicles with cracking and scaling on the hands and feet, especially between the toes.

Preventive Measures

1. Keep feet and toes always clean and dry.

  1. Always wear clean and dry socks and shoes.
  2. Don’t wear others’ slippers, sneakers, socks and shoes. Don’t let others wear your footwear.
  3. Don’t go barefoot in the bathroom. Wear your own rubber slippers in public bathrooms, swimming pools and riverbeds.
  4. If your feet are infected, put your slippers and shoes under the sun for one hour every day for one week when not in use.

Water Treatments Using Herbal Decoctions

  1. Makabuhay vine hot foot bath

v Chop a one-foot long portion of the vine and boil in 5 glasses of water for 15 minutes.

v Soak the infected foot in the hot decoction for 15 minutes or as can be tolerated. While foot is soaked, rub between the toes with cotton applicators, removing the dead skin and pricking the vesicles. Soak for 10 more minutes after the removal of the dead skin. Soak foot 2 times a day for severe infections; otherwise, soak once a day only.

Precautions: Athlete’s foot is very contagious. It can infect the fingers and the other foot. The towel used for drying the feet and toes should not be used to dry other parts of the body. Use cotton applicators to remove dead skin. Wash very well the basin used for soaking.

  1. Akapulko leaves

v Crush young leaves and extract juice.

v Apply the juice directly between the toes and the other affected areas after the hot foot bath in the Makabuhay decoction.

  1. Kamantigui flowers poultice

v Chop flowers.

v Apply as poultice on infected part after hot foot bath in the Makabuhay decoction.

  1. Balanoy leaves

v Chop leaves and extract juice.

v Apply the juice directly on the affected part after hot foot bath in the Makabuhay decoction/

  1. Kanya Pistula (Golden Showers) leaves

v Crush young leaves and extract juice.

v Apply on the affected part after hot foot bath in the Makabuhay decoction.

  1. Rabanus tubers

v Chop tubers and extract juice.

v Apply juice on the affected parts, 2 times a day.

  1. Bawang (for itchiness)

v Peel one clove and chop.

v Rub on the itchy areas, 2 times a day.


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