Excessive sweating and too much dryness — either of these two can make your feet itchy. Scratching is not a good idea as it may cause complications, in particular if you accidentally break open your skin and microbes attack it.

In some instances, itchy feet can be due to a more serious issue. This is most especially true if the itchiness that you are experiencing is accompanied by skin redness and cracks, as well as blisters and a foul odor. Most likely, it’s athlete’s foot and the solution for it is to have the underlying cause zapped: fungi.

Quite certain that the itchiness you are experiencing is simply due to sweating or dryness of your feet? Then read on. Below are some simple home remedies that are proven effective against itchy feet:

Baking Soda

Other than helping to keep excessive sweating at bay, baking soda is also very good at preventing the proliferation of bacteria and fungi. It’s for such reason exactly why you may employ baking soda if your itchy feet are bugging you.

You may dust your feet with baking soda after taking a shower and drying them thoroughly. You may also add a few drops of water to two tablespoons of baking soda to make a paste which you may apply on your feet and wash off with water after about 10 minutes. It’s also possible for you to regularly soak your feet in a basin of lukewarm water with a tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in it.

Saltwater Soak

It’s not just baking soda that you may dissolve in a basin of lukewarm water to get rid of your itchy feet, but also rock salt. Allowing your feet to soak in lukewarm saltwater for several minutes helps in zapping whatever microbe is making your feet itch like crazy.

However, this home remedy is not the right one for you if it’s apparent that the root cause of your problem is excessive dryness, as evidenced by the presence of flakes or fine lines.

Coconut Oil

Applying a thin layer of coconut oil on your feet is the, well, step to take if the itchiness you are experiencing is clearly due to dryness rather than excessive sweating. Coconut oil has superb hydrating properties, thus helping to keep the pestering itchiness from striking.

The regular application of coconut oil is also an effective way to prevent the multiplication of fungi, something that can cause athlete’s foot. You don’t want to end up with this fungal infection of the feet because it can cause a bunch of problems other than itchiness, such as pain, inflammation and bad odor.

Peppermint Oil

It’s not just coconut oil that you may rely on if you have itchy feet due to excessive dryness. Peppermint oil is something that can provide hydration and at the same time relieve minor skin irritation, which can contribute to the problem.

Since peppermint oil is rather strong, it’s a good idea to have it diluted with water first — all you need to do is add a few drops of peppermint oil to half a cup of water, and then apply on your feet using a cotton pad. Similarly, you may dilute peppermint oil with coconut oil for superb results.

Oatmeal

You can attain immediate relief from itchy feet with the help of oatmeal. All you have to do is cook it according to package directions, and then let it cool to room temperature. Apply on your feet and let it stay there for several minutes before rinsing off with water. Cooked oatmeal chilled in the fridge can work wonders, too!

You may also try soaking your feet in a basin of cool water with half a cup of uncooked oatmeal dissolved in it. To make oatmeal dissolve so much easier, have it pulverized first with the help of a food processor or coffee grinder.

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