Natural Cures for Athlete's Foot

Last Modified on Oct 11, 2014

Phythium Oligandrum   1  0   

Posted by Sam (Miami, FL) on 06/22/2014

[YEA]  A friend of mine was unsuccessfully trying to cure some fungus on her feet for many years. She found Pythium oligandrum skin/nail fungus treatment (3 x 2 g) on It was a100% success.

Pythium oligandrum is a harmless fungus that eats harmful fungi, and then dies of starvation when all bad fungi have been eradicated. Pythium oligandrum is a parasite to other fungi such as Trichophyton, the dermatophyte fungus that causes various conditions knonw as Tinea - Athlete's foot, nail fungus, ringworm and jock itch

Popcorn   1  0   

Posted by Circle (Harrisburg, PA) on 01/07/2009

[YEA]  Years ago I used to have athletes foot, but I noticed that eating popcorn cured my athletes foot. The plain popcorn after its popped and the itching and redness went away!

If you have athletes foot, try it and let me know if it works for you, because I know it did for me and does every time. It may take a day or two (or shorter) but it certainly worked, at least for me anyway.

Also changing socks frequently, and not walking in your socks and then putting your shoes over them because it brings bacteria from the floor/carpet into your shoes. So its good to always make sure you have a clean pair of socks to put on before putting on your shoes and also make sure the inside of your shoes stay clean.

Potassium Permanganate   1  0   

Posted by Scopus (Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England) on 01/20/2013

[YEA]  I have suffered on and off from athlete's foot between the little toes all of my life. For many years I kept it at bay by rubbing surgical spirit on it daily.

For some reason it came back with a vengeance about 8 months ago. I tried all the normal creams that the doctor could give, including Lamasil, and also Grisiofulvin spray. While they mostly kept the infection at bay to a greater or lesser extent, it would end up with thick, smooth white skin between the toes, with the fungus still alive underneath.

For a while I tried neat cider vinegar applied directly and while this exfoliated the thick skin quite successfully, it did not cure the condition. Then eventually I started to paint the infected area with a 1% solution of potassium permanganate (a very effective, old fashioned remedy that doctors in the UK are no longer licensed to prescribe) and after 2 weeks the athlete's foot has gone totally from one foot and has nearly gone from the other.

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Posted by Len
Aurora, Co
How often did you use this? has it come back?

Remedies Needed   0  0   

Posted by Maeviac13 (Westfield, Nj, Usa) on 12/03/2010

I have a question, I have had the foot fungus for about 2 yrs on and off. I had the cracking and burning cuts between the toes, it went away for now.. But the skin looks a little bit pink even though there is nothing there. Also, I have the moccasin type.. Very cracked heels, and then these little circles of dry spots and that's how it spreads to other areas of my feet. I've used ACV, and soaked my feet in water with vinegar.. Used a pumice stone, put on vaseline with socks to bed.. Everything you can think of I've tried. I just want the dry foot moccasin fungus to go away.. Please someone help me, what is the best type of cure for moccasin feet?

Posted by Merryanne
Orange City, Florida, Usa
127 Posts
Well, I can tell you what I would do if it was me and go from there. First I would get a bottle of Lugol's 2% Iodine and start taking 2 drops in a cup of water night and day, you may start having all kind of emotional reactions and physical ones, but keep on taking it. Second: clean your area that is bothering you let dry and put Lugol's Iodine on that area 2 or 3 times a day. So, you may want to order another bottle soon. But, in 2 weeks you will see a good improvement, then cut you oral drops down to one drop in the mourning and night ( try to take the oral drops on an empty stomach and wait 30 minutes before eating) It may take one or two months to clear up a bad fungus infection like that. Merryanne in Central FL
Posted by Shaun
York, Olde England
25 Posts
You really need to check out Ted's Candida protocols here on EC. Candida WILL be the underlying cause of all your ills.
Posted by Brooke
Montgomery, Tx, Usa
88 Posts
My boyfriend gets this often. I use an ointment with the following ingredients in it: pine tar, ethanol, mineral oil, sulfur, zinc oxide, resorcinol, salicylic acid, and phenol (1. 5%) in a petrolatum andlanolin base. You can copy and paste it and look it up. It is manufactured by The Heritage store, but you can find it cheaper on the net. I rub it in whenever he has a flare up, and then put clean socks on him and he goes to bed. Then I repeat it until it goes away - with clean socks!!
Posted by Anonymous
City, State
I got what appears to be moccasin type fungus on my hands by putting lotion on someone's feet and then using hand sanitizer instead of washing my hands. I've been using Gold Bond moisturizing hand sanitizer lotion and it seems to be clearing up.

Posted by Jen (R) on 12/28/2009

hello e/c readers

my husband has a severe case of athletes foot, but not only on his feet, this has spread up the backs of his legs and also onto the sides of his abdomen. he has had athletes foot most of his life but it has never spread before. He is currently using tea tree oil and athletes foot cream(generic brand). I am looking for something that will kill the fungus for good, and then a "maintnance" remedy to keep it from coming back. the price of new shoes and socks monthly is horrific as he has a size 14 shoe, and all the scrubbing with bleach in the bathroom makes me sick. So any good ideas?? Thanks in advance

Posted by Noelle
Minneapolis, Mn, Usa
6 Posts
Hi Jen,

Last August/September I had a bout of acute vesicular athletes foot characterized by huge blisters filled with tiny blisters and severe itching. After the blisters burst, they would continually weep. These blisters can migrate to the top and sole of the foot and to the ankles.

Questions: 1) What does your husband's athlete foot look like? 2) Has he used the same towel to dry his body that he uses to dry his feet? If so, this could be spreading the athlete's foot to other parts of his body, or this variety is particularly aggressive. 3) Does apple cider vinegar take away the itching of the fungus on the legs or stomach?

For what I had, I didn't make any progress until I started soaking my feet in Listerine, thoroughly drying them using a box fan, and applying Oil of Oregano with q-tips. The large blisters did not stop weeping until I soaked in Listerine, dried them, then applied fresh aloe vera from a large leaf to the blisters and thoroughly dried the area so the aloe formed a healing "skin". Calendula gel works, too. I wore socks to bed. I performed the same routine in the morning before I went to work. Once the blistering "cooled down" and new ones were no longer forming, I would do the Listerine soaks, dry the feet (always with a fan or hair dryer), rub in Vicks or Virgin Coconut Oil, then put on socks.

Now I was holding my own but every so often I would feel the tingling of this stuff trying to come back. After reading all the EC postings I could on the "foot fungus" issue, I ordered some Nu-Stock (used to treat mange/mites/fungus in animals)from a pet medications website, followed directions for three treatments and it ain't been back since.

I also may have been reinfecting myself from my shoes. Since I can't afford to be tossing everything, I have one pair of shoes sitting in the mud room just choc full of borax. I think all winter should do the trick.

Also for the socks, use white only so you can wash them in hot water, bleach and borax. For cleaning the bathroom, you might be better off using your regular shower cleaner (Tilex, vinegar, whatever), rinse off, then follow with Soft Scrub. You might find this less nauseating and just as effective. Don't let the Soft Scrub get on your clothes; it'll take the color out just like bleach!

I hope my suggestions have been helpful. You're probably doing most of this already.

Posted by Crystal
Salyersville, Ky
My husband found something that works great for his psoriasis on his feet,,,he urinates on them while he is in the shower. Before he started doing this he sometimes would have to miss work because his feet hurt him so much. Since he started doing this he has not had one problem with his feet again!!!
Posted by Rose
Girona, Spain
Hi Jen, You could try with virgin coconut oil. Hope it helps.
Posted by Shaun
York, England
Easy. Paint his feet with Iodine. Repeat about every week for one month and then every 1/2 months. Job done. A pre-wash with ammonia also helps.
Posted by Tricia
93 Posts
This may save you from having to throw out you shoes and socks. Many years ago,having a skin parasite that wouldn't go away, I got it into my head to boil everything - shoes, clothes, curtains and even my precious teddy bears that I had since a baby. Naturally I destroyed the lot. My GP laughed when I told him and said if I had another recurrence to put my stuff into plastic bags and freeze them, it would have the same effect on killing anything as boiling would.

Some of the candida experts may be able to tell us if this wouldn't work for yeast as it may not be the same as a parasite but it's worth a try if it saves your money.

Posted by Cyro (New York, NY) on 05/16/2009

I have been reading and trying remedies from this site for the past year .... it's always the first place I go when I am in search of a cure for myself, family or friends. I'm currently in the process of assessing a sudden decline in health upon returning from many months in India. Although I tested negative for parasites, I'm fairly certain this is at least part of the issue. Also candida, and perhaps a gluten-intolerance as well.

But I am writing about my feet. My last day in India I got a pedicure in Delhi as my feet had been through so much over the months and needed a good cleaning. My feet were so callused and dirty that I let them scrap off the skin on the bottom of my feet (something I don't ever do). At the time it felt good and I had no reaction. NOW I realize it's as if the padding on the soles of my feet never grew back!!!

In addition I believe I have athletes foot, which I have found remedies to try. But my question is, it has been one month now, what can I use to restore the skin on the soles of my feet?????

Thanks so much for your help, i appreciate your experience and input.

EC: We weren't sure which page to post this question and decided (for now) to put it on the Athlete's Foot remedy page.

Posted by Anonymous
16 Posts
Neem cream/oil may be a helpful beginning for your healing. :) Wishing YOU well!
Posted by Sandy
Bangalore, India
Apply coconut oil to make the skin grow back on your foot.

Salt Water   2  0   

Posted by Jimbo (Glendale, Calif. Usa) on 04/30/2012

[YEA]  For: athletes foot. if you live near the pacific ocean (any ocean). Walk along the sandy beach and let the ocean waves wash up on shore over your feet. The natural salt water will heal your athletes foot. (30 minutes or more, if you have the time. It will cost you nothing. I had A/F as a kid and the salt water cured it every single time.

Go for it! and heal your feet.

Posted by Jay (Altona, Fl) on 11/05/2008

[YEA]  Salt water cured Athletes Foot and Foot Odor

I keep a spray bottle in the bathroom filled with a mixture of salt and water. After showering I spray my feet with the saltwater and leave it on all day. By that I mean that I do not wash it off at all. This cured a case of athletes foot that was resistant to all OTC drugs I tried. I also spray the saltwater into my tennis shoes and that kills the fungus that is in the shoe.The saltwater also eliminates foot odor. I use about 1/2 (one half) cup of salt in the bottle.

Tea Tree Oil   3  0   

Posted by Travis (Austin, Tx) on 11/02/2013

[YEA]  When I was a teenager I had a bad case of Athelete's Foot. I remember trying everything available at the store and nothing worked. I had heard that Tea Tree Oil cures it since it is antifungal and gave it a try by rubbing the oil (undiluted) on the foot on and around the infected area with a cotton ball. Then put on a sock so that the Tea Tree Oil does not rub off. It cured the problem in a couple of days.

Posted by Moises (New York, Ny Usa) on 11/02/2009

[YEA]  Athlete's Foot: I mixed one part tea tree oil with 4 parts olive oil. Twice daily I washed me feet with soap and water. Then I dried them. Then I used an eyedropper to apply the tea tree oil dilution between the toes.

My athlete's foot cleared up in less than a week. This was after using Lamisil ointment for more than 3 weeks.

The first time I used Lamisil (terbinafine hydrochloride 1%), years ago, it also worked in a few days. Each successive time, it required more days to eliminate the athlete's foot. I have only tried tea tree oil one time. So, I do not know yet if its effectiveness diminishes with repeated use, the way Lamisil does.

Posted by Bill
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
I put tea tree oil on a cotton swab and wipe around my toes. Interestingly, after reading several posts, I just realized my out breaks occur after taking anti-inflamitories. Another must-do is wipe down your shoes and either wash socks in anti-bacterial soap, or lay out in the sun to disinfect them.

Posted by Heather (Santa Clara, CA) on 04/03/2007

[YEA]  Starting when i was very young i would get terrible athletes foot, so bad i could barely walk. I found out that all the messy creams help for short term, but it comes back. My mom heard about tea tree oil, which dries out your skin, and it cleared it up within a week. every once in a while i use it even when i don't have athletes foot just to make sure i don't get it again. it also clears up pimples you dilute about 1 drop with 2 of water, you have to dilute it if you use it on your face and a little bit really goes a long way.

Posted by Claudia
Oceanside, Ca
I tried tea tree but it dried out my skin so I stopped use. What did you do help the dryness?

Toothpaste   1  0   

Posted by Beazy01 (Newark, De, Us) on 08/30/2011

[YEA]  When I was twelve I ended up getting athlete's foot from sharing my roller-blades with all my friends. My mom bought me all kinds of foot powders and treatments. None of them ever worked over the 1 year period I had to deal with the horrible itch. One night, an act of pure desperation led me to grab some white toothpaste and slather it on. The hunch came from its effectiveness on acne. Went to bed with a cold tingle on my feet. Woke up the next morning and was so elated to see that my feet looked 100 percent better and most importantly the itch was nonexistent.

Topical Silver   1  0   

Posted by Melissa (Lawton, OK) on 12/31/2008

[YEA]  Remedy - Topical Silver
Ailment - Athletes Foot

My husband had athletes foot for months and was desperate for a cure. He tried all over the counter applications with nothing working. Next he tried apple cider vinegar internally and externally which helped for the first few applications but then it came back in full force. He then tried a qtip soaked in silver and put on his badly cracked red skin. He has been applying for a week now and the crack is gone and the itching soreness of athletes foot is gone!

EC: Topical silver treatments and silver dressings are typically used for contaminated or infected wounds.

Urine   8  1   

Posted by Bellen (Kent, Ct) on 08/05/2011

thank you for reminding me of the use of urine. I will apply the information to my problem with athleet's foot.

Posted by Farmer Rose
Athens, Ga, Usa
4 Posts
[YEA]   I haven't had althlete's foot since I was a child & I am 40 now so I was very surprised to find it creeping back in...!!! But I do a lot of hard manual labor in boots all day & let my shower get too dirty one time & there you go. So, I cleaned my shower and bleached all my floor mats, & put a bowl in my shower. When ever I got in I would pee in the bowl and add Hydrogen Peroxide to it. I like to take long showers, so while I was in there, I soaked one foot as I bathed and then the other & so on. After bathing, I dried the fungus area and put Calendula cream on it & put powder in my shoes. I ate lots of garlic, took a few epsom salt baths, stopped drinking alcohol & eating sugar/wheat and changed my socks several time a day. What plagued me my whole childhood, was gone in a week!!

Posted by Kin (Auckland, New Zealand) on 06/09/2009

[YEA]  Urine for Athlete's Foot

Saw quite a few latest Posts regarding Athlete's Foot, so decided to post my experience. Urine works well for Athlete's Foot. I have Athlete's Foot for about a year, tried AVC, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Grapefruit seed oil, they all work to certain degree but Urine is the best cure. Iodine works well too but urine is the most effective.

I soaked my feet in my own urine daily for about 15 minutes in a leak proof plastic bag; let my feet dried off before I had my shower. I saw improvement within days and after about a week or two, it was almost 100% cured. It's free and easily available. Pee on your feet method did not work that well for me. Wonder if urine can be used externally for face and hair?

Posted by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
252 Posts
Kin, the answer is yes it can be. Urine can be used external on the face and hands, also can be taken internally. For more details on this go find yourself a copy of a book titled "Your Own Perfect Medicine", which is written on urine therapy. Very interesting reading. Seems it is effective against lots of things.

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