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We went to the Podiatrist for my husband's diabetic feet problems and she gave us this paper, so I am sharing it with you!
Lamisil, and over the counter cream and spray, works best for foot fungus. Use Lamisil cream for feet and heels twice a day for two weeks. Only use lamisil Spray in between the toes, never creams between toes.
Spray shoes out with Lysol in the white or the blue can, daily. Use anti-fungal powder in shoes daily (choose one of these powders: Desinex, Tinactin, Tolnaftate, Zeabsorb AF).
You must treat shower curtains, bathtubs, and rugs with Lysol and or powders above.
Cotton socks are better than nylon or stockings.
Topical anti-fungal creams and lotions are NEVER effective on toenail fungus. There is prescription polish called Penlac that can be used daily in bad cases. Tea tree oil and lavender oil can be used for toenail fungus but mainly just keep them clean and cut down since they will grow upward and thick instead of outward like the rest of the toenails.
Oral Antifungals like Lamisil or Sporo nox are expensive and need blood work. They might damage the liver.
By Robyn Fed from Hampton TN
Seems odd that she would have you mixing a acid with bleach. I've soaked in bleach/water (no vinegar) before for athlete's foot, and the toenail fungus disappeared too. But I wasn't so careful about measuring the bleach and probably used a stronger solution.
Robin, more than four years after her death, I finally understand why my mother's toenails looked the way they did. Thanks!
I have tried most of the home remedies, and finally found something that worked: I clean my feet several times a day with full strength hydrogen peroxide. Then I apply a layer of Blue Star Ointment which contains salicylic acid that forces the skin to reproduce quickly and peel off eventually. Next, I put a powder mixture into my shoes and socks that is made of 2 parts corn starch, 1 part baking soda and 1/2 part boric acid (yes the kind that kills bugs).
It immediately reduced the thickening of the skin on the instep, heel, ball of foot and around the heel. Whenever I feel the pain from the digging of the fungus into the skin of my feet, I put more powder into my socks, if it is not convenient to do the cleaning ritual mentioned above. I try to clean my feet and apply clean socks at least 3 to 4 times a day, especially first thing in the morning and last at night. The powder quickly eliminated the fungus near my toes. I make sure to tilt the socks around so that the powder gets onto all of the surfaces inside the sock that will touch the fungus on my feet.
Also, you must clean everything you have touched with your hands or feet with bleach - repeatedly! This includes computer, doorknobs, carpeting, bathroom, etc. You must also alternate between different shoes to allow them to dry out, which kills the fungus. I also put pillows into the dryer for 1/2 hour so the heat would kill the fungus. After applying the ointment to your feet, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. I use liquid comet which is a chlorine base, and slightly abrasive.
Try using a potato for killing athlete's foot, yes it works! I had my ex-husband use every cream and ointment, even scheduled a doctor's visit for this awful, itchy, bothersome, and sometimes smelly problem. They all worked, but they were never a forever solution. It always came back.
Not until my son played football did I find the one and only cure to work effectively. It is was a potato rubbed on his foot twice a day. After cleaning and drying the feet very well I had him rub a potato cut in half on each of his feet. Make sure you get between the toes and allow to dry before placing clean socks on for the day. The other half you can keep in a plastic sandwich bag where the air will not get to it until you shower before bedtime.
He played football, so his feet got very sweaty and this is a perfect breeding ground for athlete's foot. The enzymes in the potato are what cures the athletes foot. Once cut make sure potato is not be exposed to air in order to stay healthy and not die, this is what kills the fungus.
We did this in the morning and again at night. We noticed a change almost immediately. The itching stopped, flakiness slowed down, and thank you the smell was gone as well. By the last month of football, his feet were back to normal and he never had a recurring problem. During the time we treated his feet, we made sure they were as clean and dry as possible. This meant changing socks 3x a day, but at the end so worth it. At night when he was sleeping, he left his socks off, letting the air get to his feet.
Source: My grandmother
By Luana M. from San Diego, CA
To treat fungus on feet, soak feet in white vinegar for at least 20 minutes each time. Continue three days in a row and the fungus should be done.
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
This from my files, hope it might help.
Use the alcohol mouthwash to keep your feet and toenails pristine. To prevent athlete's foot, soak a cotton ball with the liquid and swab the bottoms of your feet and between toes after every shower. According to Sobel, the high alcohol content of traditional mouthwash helps ward off fungal infections.
I had a bad case of athlete's foot that no medication would resolve. Out of desperation, I used moxa smoke for 5 minutes and resolved it completely and permanently until now, 5 years later.
Editor's Note: Moxa is a Chinese medicinal made from dried mugwort. Here is a link to a Wikipedia article about the use of Moxa.
This is the time of year you take out shoes/boots you haven't worn in a while. A fungus you chased away last year may still be lurking in your footwear, especially if it is leather. I have never been in the position to toss all my shoes, so I TREAT the footwear - with the same thing I use for my athlete's foot/fungus - generic Vick's Vaporub! If you apply it to your shoe's inner linings, it will kill the fungus, as it does on your feet. And add a dose of foot powder, too!
By Pamphyila from Los Angeles
I just want to back you up on that. I use generic Vicks on my athlete's foot and nail fungus. It works slowly, but very well. I tried oral and paint-on meds before, and they both made me sick. Vicks has no side effects.
Hm-mmmmm, so Menthol KILLS FUNGUS? Are you sure that it's not just "sealing the air from it"? My grandmother was a midwife and used Vasoline (same base as Vaporub) for EVERY sort of sore, thinking it "healed" it, but in fact it just offered a better covering than bandaids, the principle of Neosporin OINTMENT, I believe, rather than the water-washable Cream, for blisters and mild rashes?
Is there anything ELSE in Vaporub that might be a
"healer", other than Eucalyptus, Menthol oils, and Petroleum (Vasoline)? Wouldn't the oils all collect the ultimate amount of dustmites and dirt off socks, stockings? It would be REAL hard for me to do that to my shoe LININGS of cloth, but NOT for the leather linings. Perhaps this is what you mean? What I've heard that works best for foot/toenail fungus is iodine applied to blow-dried feet after a bath. This is what I understand the military uses for their soldiers who can DRY their fungus toes/feet. God bless you. : )
P.S. Isn't that messy for your socks and stockings, too? Just wondering. Fungus is no fun. : )
Actually, it's absorbed, so it's not too messy - and there is something in the Vick's (or the generic equivalent) that kills the fungus...I don't think it has been tracked down exactly...It is also absorbed well by the leather linings with no ill effect....You use just a little bit, which is sufficient.
In a small double boiler, heat the wheat-germ oil with the jojoba oil and the beeswax just until the beeswax melts. The mixture should have a creamy consistency.
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What is a home remedy for athlete's feet?
You can soak your feet in apple cider vinegar 4 times a day. Dry well when your done. Do this until it clears then stop! You can also soak your socks in vinegar and wash as usual!
Potato is the only cure which worked for my son and my ex-husband. Cut it in half rub over clean feet 2-3 x a day, keep feet dry very important. The enzymes in the potato is what works! We visited Dr., bought RX's etc. it always came back. This cure worked on sweaty football players feet, it will work for anyone...Good luck!
I don't know if this has to do with beauty, but how do you know if you have athlete's feet?
Athletes foot is pretty basic. You get cracks that open up between toes & they sting & hurt. Your toes & foot may itch & things get red.
Here's the thing most don't know, athlete's foot is candida on the outside, on your feet. Vaginal yeast infections, are candida there, dandruff is candida on the scalp.. Candida has many faces.
Here's the thing, though, if the candida comes from the inside, you need to address it there. There are natural things you can take for it or you can get a Rx for it from a doctor.
It like warm, damp, closed in areas, that have low oxygen, but candida is something not to ignore, when it's systemic, it can cause many health issues, including diseases.
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Be sure to wash all your white socks in water containing bleach. Then wash your other socks and wash or clean your shoes regularly. From time to time, mist the inside of your shoes with Lysol.
Note: Use of anti-bacterial soap actually makes athlete's foot worse and increases the chance of getting athlete's foot by killing the good bacteria as well as the bad, often allowing bad bacteria to take over and to accumulate and grow in the shower.
By Tony from Utopia, TX
Excellent post. At least once, everyone has had it and/or knows someone who suffers from athlete's foot. I will pass this on to all I know.
Jennifer CA (05/15/2007)
Good post, however, I really must CAUTION everyone, but ESPECIALLY diabetics and those with nerve damage in their feet---DO NOT USE A HAIRDRYER ON YOUR FEET. One of the worst wounds I saw while working at the wound care center was on a man who had dried his feet with a hairdyer and burned them deeply It was months before he was sure he wasn't going to lose his foot.
Pat your feet dry with a towel and then fan them by hand until you feel they are dry. This is good enough.
If possible slip on some cheap flip-flops and let LIGHT and AIR get to your feet. Athletes foot is a fungus and has to have warm, dark, moist areas to live. Keeping feet clean, dry and exposing them to light and air will effectively fight the demon. (05/16/2007)
Thank you so kindly. I lost my right leg in a car accident. Amputees can get that fungus on their limb if they're liner has not been properly cleaned each night.
I am looking for a natural treatment for foot fungus.
By Ann from Saginaw, MI
My sister-in-law had poor results with over the counter products, so she tried tea tree oil. She said it worked very well. I've bought it from a health food store. (06/15/2010)
Try soaking your feet in some diluted vinegar, hydrogen peroxide also works. Change your socks regularly, wear flip flops or go barefoot when you can. Sprinkle some corn starch in your shoes to keep the moisture down. Tea tree oil as Mrs. Story says also works as it has drying and clarifying properties. :) (06/15/2010)
If you want an old natural remedy, here is one. A very old remedy is rubbing hardwood ashes on the area. I believe you just rub the ashes on and leave them. Your feet would look a bit dusty, but they shouldn't look extremely dirty! (06/21/2010)
For those of us who suffer from itchy feet, I recommend using Lysol spray in your shoes once a week. This kills the fungus that creates itchy feet. I also recommend starting the day with clean dry stockings and pre-soaking your week's worth of stockings in a disinfectant bath before washing.
By Joseph from Quebec, Canada
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Tinactin works great! Usually 1-2 treatments will help.
Lysol sprayed in your shoes daily will help. Use a powder on your feet, after they have been dried very well before you start your day. If you have shoes that do not have good ventilation, change your socks half-way through the day. Wash and dry you feet each night.
And wear flip flops in the shower to avoid spreading the germs. Keep the flip-flops clean as well and spray them with Lysol. Bleach the tub after use. You use can use 1/4 c to 1 gal water to make a solution that you spray on the shower floor or tub, then rinse after.
After 5 years of dealing with athlete's foot, and trying every cream on the commercial market I resorted to using apple cider vinegar. Use a 50/50 mix of the vinegar and warm water (as warm as you can stand it). Soak in the mixture for about 10 minutes, then dry your feet thoroughly. This to me was like a real miracle. After about one week the fungus seemed to have disappeared for good. After almost a year and a half, it has not returned. So much for commercial products! (08/12/2007)
Put 90% isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle, left in bathroom to spray on after each shower. My hubby's feet look the best they have in 30 years. Fantastic! (01/26/2008)
By J F
My wife suffered with athlete's foot for 5 years and I finally convinced her to try urine like I was taught in the army. I started applying the miracle cure fresh from the source to her infected foot after her shower. Improvement was noticed in 3 days and after 10 days, all symptoms were gone. This is the only time I had fun giving meds! (01/25/2009)
By Ted H.
Or just try the stuff in stores.
The cremes and sprays did not work well for me. What did work was a UV shoe sterilizer that killed all the bacteria in my shoes. My DPM recommended it to me and it works like a charm. My wife uses it now just because she thinks it's good hygiene. (02/19/2010)