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Natural Cures for Athlete's Foot

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Posted by Megan (Jacksonville, FL) on 10/24/2008

[YEA]  I tried soaking my feet in Listerine after seeing a posting about toe nail fungus. It not only works on toe nails, but will get rid of athlete's foot issues very quickly. And this is much easier than pressing onion, etc. I love this site! I found it looking for Ted's Mange Cure, which is fabulous. Thanks!

Replied by Jillian
San Jose, Ca
I used listerine when both my big toenails became infected, thick, yellow, crusty, and painful. the listerine did the trick. 15 minute soak in pure mouth wash for a few nights. pain went away, and the infection stopped spreading. my doctor confirmed that the toenails were no longer infected. I just had to wait for the yellow toenails to grow out.

CAUTION. DON'T USE GREEN/BLUE varieties. My green feet were much harder to explain than my yellow toenails (but at least that faded after a week). Smells great, feels tingly fresh, and worked. :)

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Posted by Lee (Fruita, Colorado Usa) on 08/29/2011

I have fought with severe athlete's foot for 12 long years. Have used prescriptions, OTC remedies, hydrogen peroxcide, and vinegar. It helped, but did not cure. In desperation I tried a veterinary product used to treat fungus infections in animals. It is called Vetericyn, and comes in a spray bottle. I used it 3 times a day for a week. Just simply sprayed it on all over my feet and up to my knees. It began clearing up overnight! It's been a month now, and I am not bothered with athlete's foot anymore. I cant explain it, I just found that it works.

Replied by Helen
San Diego, Ca
This post has been the answer to my prayers! I can't say explain how happy I am that I came across it. I'm a female, 26 years old, and have had athlete's foot for as long as I can remember. I've always been embarrassed about walking around barefoot or in sandals because of my dry, cracked, peeling feet. I had the mocassin type of athlete's foot (notice "had").

I tried the vinegar soaks, I tried vaporrub, diluted bleach, and hydrogen peroxide. All of which provided temporary relief but never cured the problem. Last year, I finally decided to take Lamisil pills and it did go away after a few months. I was very excited by the results, however, last month (6 months after finishing the treatment) it came back. I started noticing my feet were getting dry again and flaky until eventually it got worse, my foot looked like a freaking map with the skin between my toes peeling in a circular pattern! All that money gone to waste!

Two weeks ago I came on this website to look for another remedy and came across this post. After doing some research and reading all the great reviews online, I ordered a 16 oz bottle and as soon as I received it, I started spraying it on my feet 3 times a day. After 2 days, while in the shower, I noticed my skin peeling a lot more than usual. I used a foot file to scrape it off and continued with the spray. I'm not exagerrated when I say that after 4 days of using the product the cracks and peeling between my toes and along my feet had completely healed! It's like they were never there! It was absolutely amazing to see the results. Today marks a week since I started using the product and my feet are healthy and smooth. Vetericyn truly is a miracle in a bottle! I plan on using it every now and then to prevent any reoccurences.

Replied by Kim
Santa Fe, Nm
[NAY]   I tried this and it did not help my athlete's foot. It is pricey so I might just give the product to someone with a dog so it doesn't go to complete waste.

Multiple Remedies  

Posted by Fred (Germantown, Tn ) on 02/12/2012

First, urine contains urea, more in the first morning specimen, it's more concentrated. Urea is the active ingredient in some antifungal ointment medications. If you have ever had to collect a clean catch urine at a doctors office (you clean the outside of the ureter area then collect) this would be most sanitary: you are not then getting periurethral bacteria or candida in the specimen. I would suggest doing this if you are using your urine. Secondly, there is a possibility that alternating some of the more successful methods here may help. There is no reason that ACV couldn't be used for several days then another for several then back to ACV, plus use the OTC ointment, alternating with Vicks, or other by night. Just don't mix bleach and ammonia, a poisonous gas results. Thirdly, I read on another site that corn meal helped. Fourthly, get rid of your shoes, buy new, and treat the new shoes before wearing and then daily. The fungal spores are in your shoes, and are really as hard to kill there as the fungus on your feet, so you reinfect by using your old shoes. If freezing killed fungus it would be gone forever after a winter freeze. Expensive, but necessary, I would think.

Please do not wash dishes in a dishwasher you have washed your fungal shoes in: fungi are hard to kill, one time with hot water and steam and dishwasher soap might not be enough either, or might not get deep inside the nasty shoe well enough to kill every spore.

I am going to try alternating several things method to get rid of moccasin type. Will let you know. I don't see why we have to choose either/or: perhaps there are different benefits of different treatments?

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Posted by Jean (Franklin, WI) on 07/06/2008

[YEA]  A number of years ago, we acquired a German Shepherd with a severe case of mange, covering about 1/3 of his body. The vet's expensive prescription products hardly touched it. After a lot of study, I found a product generally used for horses to heal wounds and rashes. It's called Nu-Stock. It cleared the mange up after only 2 applications and it has never returned. His hair grew back very quickly, and although he wasn't too thrilled with the first application, he WANTED the second one very much. The itching stopped immediately.

A couple years later, my daughter had a rash that no doctor seemed able to get rid of. We tried the Nu-Stock and it cleared right up and hasn't returned.

I've had a problem with athlete's foot for years. I tried all the other remedies and it got rid of "most" of it, but there was a spot on the ball of one foot, including two toes where it just wouldn't go away. One day it occurred to me to try Nu-Stock. After just a couple of applications, the skin was back to normal, all itching gone, and it appears to be healing permanently. I think this is going to finally kill it!!!

Doing a little studying, I've found that Nu-Stock is 73% sulphur, 25% mineral oil, and 2% pine oil.

I've also discovered that there are other health products made for pets that aren't available for people. For instance, in the local Farm & Fleet, you can buy a cheap package of electrolytes for your pet's water. 16 oz. of DMSO was only $5. And there were other things as well, most of them in the section for horses! Isn't it amazing that you can buy products for your pets, cheaply, and you can't get prescription products that work for yourself???

EC: Yes, agreed! Years ago we bought a 5 lb container of glucosamine at a tack shop in Burbank, CA for about $45 to give to our dog for his arthritis. The tack shop also sold chondroitin in large containers too.

Replied by Jean
Franklin, WI
Just an update. The athlete's foot tried to return once. I applied nu-stock before bed, then again three days later. Athlete's foot hasn't returned. This is some powerful stuff. It didn't hurt the skin, and yet in that seven month period of time, I only had to use it about 6 times.

More important than that, I also had a problem with the NAIL FUNGUS ... you know the thing where your toenail gets discolored, dark and thick. THAT'S GONE TOO !!! :D Seven months after my first post about Nu-Stock, I have normal toenails. I love this stuff! :) If anyone is having trouble finding it, I got it on EBay...$7 for a large jar plus shipping.

Replied by Bestalex17
Los Angeles, Ca
Hi, I read your post about nu-stock and how if helped your dog to get rid of his skin condition, I have a cat that has skin problems for more than a year, I tried 3 different vets and they prescribed the smae thing antibiotics and cortisone.

The problem's still there, I wonder if this Nu-stock would help to this condition.

Oil Pulling  
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Posted by Chloe99 (Seattle, Wa) on 11/14/2011

[YEA]  Had a bad outbreak between toes.... Very painful. I drizzled ACV from a cotton ball on the toes and it helped, but when I "Oil Pulled" it went away almost by the next morning! Was completely healed in 3 days!!

Oregano Oil  

Posted by Cheryl (Manteca, California-USA) on 02/22/2009

Hi-Please do yourself a big favor if you are bothered by what the dr calls-athlete's foot type rash. For over a year I tried every cream, spray, powder on the market-doctor after dermatologist with biopsy gave me everything-presription including 2 mos of Lamisil pills and cream. The dermatologist got mad when Lamisil didn't work after her biopsy. Well, I prayed so hard and then found Oil of Oregano-wow! 3 days cured-its been months and its still gone. I diluted with olive oil under my tongue and later used the gel capsules to fill and take orally. I diluted this very strong oil with olive oil on the rash itself-stops that horrible itch,too. I later learned Extra Virgin Coconut oil is anti-fungal and mixed the oregano oil with this and used this on the skin. I need to know more-Iam very grateful to Earth Clinic-I learned about the evcc-extra virgin coconut oil from this site. Also, I really never knew what the rash was from-I think it was a Candida fungus type rash -it seemed way worse when I ate sugar. So, I also had to clean up my diet dramatically and I still stay away from processed white flour and sugar etc. But, try Oil of Oregano-anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti parasitic/worms. Great for wiping Candida out. Blessings and good health to you all. I would say-research all you can about all of these oils: Thuja, Thieves oil etc as to there healing qualities.


Posted by Mike (Mlps, Mn) on 02/11/2014

I have a better solution for athlete's foot, My wife used the old bag balm and "lotrimin" powder, over the counter treatment here. I had tried sprays and creams and the powder itself and it seems to rub off to easily then the fungus takes over again... I had blisters. It took weeks for the powder to work, just a few days for the mix and it's gone ... 8 years now and no recurrence!

Phythium Oligandrum  
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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

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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  
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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.

EC: More info:

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

Salt Water  
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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  
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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.

Replied 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.

Replied 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?