Dr. Peter explains:
Researching Neem oil and its applications in skin care, I found that it has been very successfully used as a natural remedy for Athlete’s Foot and other fungal infections. And empirically, I also knew for a long time that Neem Oil is for “FunGuys” [pronounce: fun·gi(s)]. So . . . let’s face it guys, Athlete’s Foot is a male problem (mostly, at least) and that is backed up by statistics. Statistics confirm that the majority of people affected by Athlete’s Foot are of the male gender.
Here is a typical scenario: A women walks up to my demo table, guy in tow. She has a lot of questions about Neem lotion, Neem clay mask, and our sugar scrub. She basically wants to know how Neem oil will make her look more beautiful. While explaining to her the benefits of Neem for skin, her better half’s eyes glaze over, he looks helpless and a little disoriented, trying to find something to focus on that would not be such a waste of time. Most end up staring at their smart phone, checking the latest scores, or what to do for lunch.
However, the situation changes predictively, once the conversation turns to our Neem Cure oil and how this potent anti-fungal Neem oil blend is a natural remedy for Athlete’s foot or other fungal infections on our feet and toes. Antifungal Neem oil has helped many very effectively in the past with its potent properties. Once the word Athletes’ foot has launched from my vocal cords, a dramatic change takes place in the guy’s demeanor: his head straightens up, his eyes return to focus, and, as if he had listened the whole time, he shows great interest in the conversation and this interesting product. It happens all the time.
5 Steps How to Use Neem Oil for Athlete’s Foot
- Apply 1-2 drops of Neem Cure Oil morning and night. Rub into affected area, including surrounding areas of the foot or toe and allow to soak in. As initial treatment, you may add a third application during midday.
- Continue until skin has cleared up and healed. Then apply 1 drop as prophylaxis. This will protect the newly established skin and will keep it elastic.
- Spray the inside of your shoes with Adios Outdoor Spray to prevent fungal growth in folds and crevices, especially with tennis shoes made from rubber or plastic.
- Keep your feet dry. Use talcum powder and change socks on a regular basis to remove moisture. This will deprive fungi of an essential element to stay alive. Wear sandals or roomy shoes to allow air circulation and prevent moisture from building up.
- Refrain from walking barefoot in public areas like pools and gyms.
What our Customers say:
Ryan F. from MO: “After looking at my fungi infested big toe nail, I started using Neem Cure on it every morning and it has almost healed 75% in two weeks! I’ll give it one more week and my dead toe nail will have completely recovered. I think JustNeem is a fantastic product!”
Wendy B. from CA: “I suffer from Athlete’s foot. After a few weeks of using Neem Cure, my feet became pink and soft. My skin is starting to peel off and the bacteria between my toes are leaving. I love Neem Cure so much! I highly recommend this product.”
What Actually is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s Foot is a very common fungal infection that often begins as a scaly, red rash between toes. The infection causes the skin to peel and crack and results in itching and burning between the toes. It produces dry skin with flaky patches that start smelling bad. The medical name for athletes foot is tinea pedis.
Fungi and Dermatophytes
“Fungus” is the general term for a group of microorganisms that include yeast, molds, and mushrooms. Fungi are found all over in our environment; they surround us at all times and even live on our skin. Many fungi are harmless or even beneficial (think mushrooms), while others can cause significant health problems that include hallucinations and death (think mushrooms again . . .).
One of their main jobs in life is to clean up. So fungi really like dead or dying organic matter. That’s their food. And sometimes, they find that kind of food between our toes. I’m not entirely sure why guys would have more dead stuff there than girls, but that’s a different subject that we will covered another time. But dead stuff alone is not quite sufficient to make a fungus happy. To really get the party going, fungi need a few more ingredients. To enjoy life and have fun these fun-guys need:
- Moist environments
- Absence of air flow
- Warm temperatures
- Dead and decaying matter
- Darkness (for some fungi)
Now, if that sounds like feet, head, armpits, and groins you are absolutely right. While fungi can grow on skin anywhere, these are the places where we typically encounter them in a bothersome way.
Feet: Sweat, damp socks, tight shoes that are worn for long periods of time is a perfect feeding place for fungi. And did I mention dead skin? Plenty of it there.
Head: Same story here. On our heads, in particular those that are still covered by hair, and especially those that are used to display hats, fungi love them, as they find the perfect living conditions there.
Arm Pits: A dark, sweaty, hairy (especially with guys), warm and nutritious paradise for fungi with limited air exchange are a preferred hang-out.
Groins: Again, moist, warm, dark, and little air exchange here. Perfect conditions for growing fungi.
Fungi that grow on skin, hair, and nails are called dermatophytes. The most common dermatophyte is called Trichophyton rubrum. That’s the one that usually causes Athlete’s Foot. Fungal infections easily spread when coming in contact with the fungus. They also easily return if not cured completely.
3 Different Types of Athlete’s Foot
Toe infection: Toe infections are found between toes. They occur as red, scaly skin that peels and cracks, sometimes to the point that blood appears. Once skin is compromised like that, bacterial infections might settle on top off the fungal environment and worsen the situation by breaking the skin down even more.
Moccasin infection: The Moccasin-type infection affects the skin on the bottom or heel of the foot. It causes chronic dryness and scaling on the soles that extends up the sides of the feet, thus the name moccasin. The skin becomes thick, and cracks. In severe cases toenails get infected, they thicken, crumble, and fall out. Here too, bacterial infections that get into the cracked skin can aggravate the problem.
Vesicular infection: Vesicular-type infections produce fluid-filled blisters that appear on the bottom of the foot, right under the skin. Like the moccasin and toe infection, it also can get co-infected and thus worsened by bacteria.
Fungal Infections are Contagious
Athlete’s Foot infections can be picked up or transmitted through contact with objects. For example, walking barefoot on floors (looker room) and carpets, or using a shower that is contaminated by dermatophytes. Wearing contaminated clothing or shoes is another common infection route.
Fungal infections are not limited to feet. Nail fungus, ringworm, and jock itch are all caused by the same type of fungus. By picking, scratching, or touching the infected area, fungi cells slip underneath fingernails or into cracks on hands and fingers. From there, the infection can easily be transmitted to other parts of the body.
Once a fungal infection has been successfully treated, it is important to prevent a re-infection. Some people are more susceptible to fungal infections than others. A variety of factors may influence that, but it is not entirely clear why that is the case. If you tend to catch fungal infections easily it is important to take preventive steps. Following the steps outlined above will help minimize the chances of re-infections.