Ridding your feet of this fungus can be accomplished in a variety of ways. This guide contains remedies for athlete's foot.
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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
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
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
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
- 4 tsp. wheat-germ oil
- 4 tsp. jojoba oil
- 1 1/2 tsp. beeswax
- 25 drops tea-tree essential oil
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.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir the cream vigorously until it has cooled enough to touch easily with your hand.
Mix the essential oils into the cream. Pour the cream into a small cosmetic jar and apply as necessary. The foot balm will keep for about 1 year.
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What is a home remedy for athlete's feet?
By Luana M. 11/02/2011
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?
By christine M. Thayer 09/09/2010
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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My husband noticed that his athlete's foot cleared up after he had been in the swimming pool. So when it flares up and we can't get to the pool, we put just a little bit of household bleach in a basin of water and he soaks his feet in it.
By Becki in Indiana
By MiMIMy Son had Athlete's Feet really bad. He bought a foot soak product from http://www.aloetherapy.com that had Tree Tea Oil in it. Cleared his problem up in no time. Good Stuff and not expensive either.
Hot water doesn't work. I've used it just to help soothe the itching, ughhhh!
By Frederick E Lehmkuhl
By Dave Long
With new shoes or when I don't wear socks, I use foot powder and when my shoes were infected, I also treated the inside of my shoes. Very hot water helps to soothe the itching of very bad infections, soak in water as hot as you can stand.
Avoid plastic/vinyl shoes as they don't breathe and make your feet sweat too much. Air your shoes out between wearings a day or so to let them dry out. Wear sandals/slippers in common areas in gyms and by pools to avoid infection.
By Carol Churchill
By Kimberly L. Christensen
As foul as it sounds, your own urine is very effective for Athelete's Foot. It is harder for women, as men aim and shoot while in the shower. Or just try the stuff in the stores. Prevention is the key, clean cotton socks, breathe-able shoes and some talc or baby powder on feet and in shoes to prevent the moisture build up.
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 am looking for a natural treatment for foot fungus.
By Ann from Saginaw, MI