Problem with Skin on Foot
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: QK
Posted on: March 15, 1999

I have a problem on my foot. I have been to Doctor after Doctor. One says it’s dermatitis, another eczema, one severe dry skin. Right now I am taking a medicine called nizoral. I looked in my medical book and they usually give that for athletes foot. I have nothing on the toes only the side I have been on this 3 weeks. I see no change and I have another week. Do you know of a cream or herb that might help? I did see in the herb book to try Tea Tree.

Myrrh is antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. A tincture can be taken internally and applied externally.

Tea tree oil is antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in water to wash the affected area, then mix a few drops of the oil in olive oil and apply. External use only.

Calendula is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, and is particularly effective in rebuilding damaged skin tissue. Calendula can be taken internally and applied externally as a tincture.

If you use one of these herbs, it should be applied three times daily to washed skin. The herb tincture should also be taken three times a day. You may find some of these herbs available in creams at your health food store. Make sure that the creams contain a high proportion of the herb.

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