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Natural Cures for Athlete's Foot

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Tea Tree Oil  
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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?

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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  
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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.

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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.

Replied by Farmer Rose
Athens, Ga, Usa
[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?

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn

530 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.

Posted by Rob (Robertsville, MO) on 05/02/2009

[YEA]  i had athlete's foot so bad i would pull large chunks of skin and my feet would bleed my cousens girlfriend told me her grandpa told her brouther to pee on his feet when he first got in the shower then wait till last to wash them i started doing this that night and it took about 2 weeks its been about 4 years cince ive had any problem with my feet

Posted by Scott (Anaheim, CA) on 03/04/2009

[YEA]  I tried everything OTC and nothing worked well. Literally everything. I am even put VICs on my feet before sleeping for 1 month. It cleared up the nails, but it came back really quickly after stopping. The nails started to get dark again. I did vinegar soaks and that didn't help either.

Finally, I decided to PEE on my feet twice a day (morning pee and night). I remembered a few years back, I had this bad headache that wouldn't go away and I ended up drinking my own morning urine for a week after trying everything else. It fixed that headache. Its really amazing, but it cleared up my feet in a matter of days, not months or 1 year. Don't believe those that say it doesn't work. Urine has thousands of nutrients, many of which can't be detected with our equipment. It literally cleared it up in 1 week. I also resorted to spitting on my feet and rubbing in the SALIVA letting dry. Remember dogs and cats always licking their paws? Its Saliva they are spreading and used to clean their paws.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn

530 Posts
Hello Scott, Thought you might like to know that there is another theory of what is actually happening when an animal licks its wounds. Allegedly, licking the wound sends any pathogens present to the digestive tract where the immune system kicks in and starts producing antibodies against these pathogens to kill them off and bring about healing.

However I suspect that the saliva probably starts softening up the pathogens for the kill.

Posted by Rosy (Orlando, Fl) on 12/23/2008

[YEA]  This is going to sound nasty but it works. I got athletes foot once from a pair of combat boots I bought at and army navy surplus store. What you want to do is pee in a paper cup and then poor this over your althetes foot. Let it set for a few minutes then wash off. I used to do this in the morning and evening. It cleared up in about a week.

Replied by Naturo
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
[YEA]   Urine as a cure for athlete's foot is the most economical, safe, and timely remedy known to me. I tried tea tree oil, aloe, black soap, coconut oil, Burt's foot cream, all of the former offered little to no resolve. I had a serious case of athlete's foot known as "trench foot" which was a name gained from the soldiers of many wars where moisture would collect in the boot or shoe, creating the necessary conditions for bacterial growth. My condition was so bad that the epidermis was cracking and in areas of the foot - primarily the ball of the foot, there would be lesions that would bleed. The cure is simple, apply urine (fresh and warm) to the infected area allowing it a minute or so to absorb into the skin; this is best done prior to sleep. Repeat this day after day until you see desired results. Note, although the symptoms may subside i.e. itching and cracking, the actual bacterial infection may not be gone. Thus, one should continue daily treatment for at least 1 week beyond the epidermic symptoms remediation.

Tested and true.

Posted by Steve (Plano, TX) on 05/08/2008

[YEA]  Urinating on Foot cures athletes foot. I know this sounds foul but it works and is free. I learned this in the Army since athletes foot is pretty common. Your first morning's urine is best because it will have the highest concentration of enzymes. So when taking a shower in the morning, try this procedure and you should see the fungus die off pretty quickly.

Replied by Jonny J
Woodland Park, Colorado
[YEA]   YES! I also have been using urine for athletes foot and have ALWAYS had complete success. Just Like the post says, Just pee on your feet in the shower and it'll kill it dead. Don't be grossed out either. First of all you ARE in the shower. Secondly, If you read up on urine its not as bad as you may think. its even used (fresh) on the face in some cases. (I personally will use soap for that one though!)
Replied by D.ether
Chicago, Il
[NAY]   This is a nay to the use of urine to cure. I noticed a few months ago that I had a portion of skin in between my middle and ring finger. After reading that urine helped I tried it. It caused a further infection that spread over my whole hand and caused eczema which I hadn't had since a kid. I am still fighting it and it has not gone away. So to be frank don't urinate. Bless.
Replied by Kimberly
Lansing, Illinois
It's actually quite possible you were experiencing a healing crisis from the urine. When your body heals it very often brings up "old" problems and clears them out of your system if you stay with it. I'd certainly give the urine therapy another try for awhile at least and see if it clears it up.

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Posted by Candy (Ofallon, Mo) on 02/03/2010

[YEA]  Athlete's foot: I have used vaporub on my feet for years, it cures this problem within a day or two, no waiting six weeks. Also when we were kids my parents would rub it on the inside of our throat if we had a sore throat, a sore throat was also gone in a day. This product probably works due to the euclyptus.There are a lot of these products in the store but the one that works must have euclyptus, mint, and camphor. It also make your dry feet very soft.

Replied by Tina
Toledo, Ohio, Usa
[NAY]   Vicks didn't work for me. Tried it for weeks. It did seem to slow down the fungus and moisten my feet but not get rid of it.
Replied by Brenda
San Antonio, Texas
i find the old saying if your feet stink you need zinc. at least 15 mgs a day with food or it will upset your stomach. also rubbing oil around and on your toes is a good way to fight the fungus. try mixing 10 drops of tea tree oil in 1 oz of olive oil.
Replied by Jb
Central, Maryland
[YEA]   Worked for me! I tried ACV first and got some relief, but it still hung around. Then I tried Listerine with the same results as the ACV. But the Vicks nailed it.

First I did a swab of Listerine, patted it dry, then applied Vicks. I wore socks at night (even though it was summer) and did the same routine in the morning with sneakers for running/working out, and then again after showering.

After a few days, I saw how improved it was so I just did the Vicks. After 7 days it was all gone. I now put the Vicks on two or three nights a week before bed as a preventative and for softness. That's it. And my feet are soft and smooth-- just lovely. Thanks for all the info on this site!

White Vinegar  
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Posted by Kathleen (San Antonio, Tx) on 02/06/2008

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar is wonderful to clean out my German Shepherd's ears, when his ears are bothering him. He will shake his head, and I just put an apple cider and water solution on a cotton ball, and clean out his ears, and in ten minutes he stops fussing and lays down and finally can rest. My husband takes white vinegar and soaks his feet in it, and no more athelets foot! It is wonderful for killing any kind of fungus or bacterial infections. Thanks so much for the advice!

Replied by Anonymous
Bronx, NY
[YEA]   I've been using Borax for exactly one week now. 5 days on, 2 days off. I use a 1/4 teaspoon per 100ml of distilled water. I also take a triple magnesium supplement along with zinc. I am now going to incorporate food grade hydrogen peroxide. I haven't felt this clear in a long time. I also experience gas like side effects. That's about it. I will continue to use this for the next 4 months.

Posted by Richie (Newport, NC) on 02/28/2007

[YEA]  Great way to relax and get rid of athletes foot; find comfy spot to sit for 20 min., get container feet fit in, have close to hot water ready, white vinegar, sea salt. Sit down with feet in container, pour enough vinegar to cover feet, add sea salt, marinate for 5 min. the add water, sit for ten min., last 5 min brush feet with soft bristle brush while in water. Take out, dry, repeat for 2 to 3 days. Worked great for me and was also an excellent stress reliever.

Replied by Barbara
Wellington, New Zealand
[YEA]   I started getting athletes foot years ago, just a bit between my pinky toe and the next toe. I ignored it and now it's spread inbetween all my toes on both feet. I just started soaking in white vinegar (undiluted, no water added). Found a container that fit both feet, added white vinegar just to cover my toes and sat for 30 minutes. I already see improvement after only 1 soak! Am planning on doing once a day for a week and maybe once a week thereafter.

White Vinegar, Salt, Ginger Soak  
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Posted by Jason (Newport, Washington) on 04/17/2009

[YEA]  I recently had quite a case of athletes foot, that was spreading from my toes, to other parts of my foot, it was quite uncomfortable, and amazingly itchy to say the least.

I started doing research in to what might naturally treat it and came across a few options, here's what I did and it worked in less that 4 days.

Create a foot bath with 40 percent white vinegar, 60 percent hot water, then add around a table spoon of salt and a tea spoon of ginger powder. Soak your foot for 15 minutes or so giving it a break every so often. (you can use the same batch through out the day to save ingredients) Soak your foot a few times a day for a few days and your athletes foot will completely clear up, it is quite the amazing cure.

Thats it, I know this will work as well for you as it did for me! :)

Replied by Pete
Portland, Oregon
[YEA]   I used raw Apple Cider Vinegar on some nasty-looking athlete's foot for two weeks, and I now have beautiful new skin on both feet and no sign of the infection. I simply soaked a cotton ball to saturation and applied liberally (to dripping point) all over the affected areas. I then let it dry in the air and didn't rinse it off. I did this twice or three times a day, changed my socks the same number of times, and saw improvement daily. I can't thank you enough for all your advice and encouragement!
Replied by Phil
Rutherford, Tennessee
Hm... Have you ever tried Cedarsoles made from antifungal cedar wood? For me it's the most powerful solution. Maybe give it a try... There are several vendors... E. G. Zederna Cedarsoles, Cedarstar and some more...