Natural Cures for Athlete's Foot

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Concerned Mom (Clinton, Iowa) on 01/15/2012

How bad is the sting with ACV? I have tried several times getting my 3 yr old to soak his foot for his bad case of athletes foot and he screams it hurts. I did 1/4 ACV and 3/4 water and he still cries. Vicks seemed to help it the most but it is still spreading on the sole of his foot.

Replied by Samantha
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

I am just starting this today, but I am only 22 and I got Athlete's Foot after living in a really run-down house and walking around bare-foot (yes, I know.. Very stupid). I also have Asperger's Syndrome and am very naive. -_-

Well, I noticed a few months ago that the Athlete's Foot turned into a fungal infection and had spread to all my toes. I also noticed today that it is also making the bottom of my feet a dirty yellow! :O So I decided after being kind of lazy with treating my feet, that I need to force myself to remember (I forget), and because my fiance has also caught it (though, I think I caught the Athlete's foot from him in the first place, but the house made it worse). His toes are now yellow. This is just ignorance on our parts, because we are young and we knew very little about athlete's foot, fungal infections and how contagious they are! I also make/made the mistake of continuing to wear my socks all day and not letting my toes breathe.

I was wondering if people here on the community could give me advice, I want to make sure I rid us of this, because it is very embarrassing and (being a hypochondriac) making me worry. :(

I am starting the ACV baths with water (decided to use straight ACV after reading another post), but I am going to have to put in extra effort to actually get my fiance to remember to do it too (he works 5 days a week, 6 days with overtime). As well as using a spray with ACV, vaseline, aquafor and I am going to look for and buy a fresh emery board to file the nails down. Wish me luck. ><

I will keep updating to let everyone know if it is working. :)

Replied by A
(Phila, Pa)

Hey, just wondering if the ACV really worked for you? I can't find the "Mother raw" ACV all I have is the store brand. Is that ok? Do you wash off the Apple Cider Vinegar or let it air dry after the 30 min soak? I have reacurring athletes foot in between the toes and otc creams makes it go away for a few weeks but then it comes back. :(

Replied by Jeliberry123
(Auckland, New Zealand)

Dont think about just use ACV it works but be patient individual results may vary- usually takes a few days to 1-2 weeks, take our advice it really does works.

Replied by Cj
(Auckland, New Zealand)
5 out of 5 stars

Tell your son to bear it or he will have to live with AF for years it doesnt even sting that much and its worth it! ACV works like a miracle.

Replied by Tredav
(Smyrna, Georgia)

I have a question, do I need to use a new bowl of ACV or can I use one for about a week. I have been soaking my whole foot, both of them and now the skin is redder around my toes, but definitely my feet look better. is this part of the process? I have been doing it for about 4 days.

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Posted by Sharky (Pacoima, California) on 11/21/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I too have had this Problem for about 2 months.

Before I tried the A.C.V my foot was scaly and the fisrt layer of skin was completely off from the toes to the middle of the bottom foot it also got really swelled up I could not walk very painful. I was trying all the O.T.C medicine but it did not work my foot was completly soaked with wetness and a gooey type wetness I gauzed up my feet but it still leaked through I was wearing sandals because my foot inside a show would get too wet and skin would just keep falling off my foot it was red and swollen I seen this article about A.C.V so I went to the store and purchased a gallon for 5 bucks at Ralphs I inserted the foot in complete A.C.V just to get the entire foot submerged mind it is going to be painful to do this but you have to once the burning and stinging stops soak in a 50/50 water and A.C.V and soak for 30 min you can put the remainder of what A.C.V is in the foot tub just add water it will continue to burn my foot was like it was on fire it did not stop burning for 30 min so in reality a foot dunk in complete A.C V then a 50/50 soak which can be a total of 45 min do it at night and wrap your foot in a dry towel overnight, soak again the next morning before you shower then I used Vaseline and Aquafor you can get these at Target it keeps your feet lubricated and from drying which can be painful to walk.

I did this for 5 days and my foot came back to normal all the skin fell off that was dried and cracked and the skin came back fine a new skin layer was completly there in about a week but keep on using it till you have no more athletes foot- it's the best thing I am glad I read this website its wonderful to walk in shoes again but be careful- it can come back as it did to me on one toe but A.C.V nipped that it the but real quick so I hope this helps anyone out there suffering from this ailment A.C.V is the truth

Thank you, Sharky

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Posted by Dorothy (Watonga, Ok) on 10/04/2011

I have athletes foot on one foot, it has never spread but have had it for years nothing has worked. Want to try the Apple Cider Vinegar soak but really dumb question here. For those of you who soak in it every night do you use a new solution each time or save the apple cider vinegar and use it over several times? Just wondering if I have to buy gallons upon gallons or just a couple? Also, I will throw out my socks but someone said put shoes in the freezer. Will this really work?

Thanks, love this site

Replied by Liz
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
5 out of 5 stars

Re: ACV for althete's foot, I used a spray bottle of undiluted ACV from the regular grocery store 3-4 times a day and had complete relief of the cracking and peeling skin within a week. It's now 4 months later and the skin of my foot is still perfectly clear.

Unfortunately, the ACV did not help with my toenails. It also did not help the red cracked and peeling skin behind my ear. Still hoping for a solution as simple and fast for those as the ACV was for the skin of my foot.

Replied by Sarah
(Black River Falls, Wiconsin, Usa)

If your toenail is growing in thick and/or discolored, try putting coconut oil on it. My uncle and my mother started doing this and their nails look normal again. It's going to take a while (as long as it takes for your nails to grow out) but it works. Try putting it on your nails thick before you go to bed and then put socks on.

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Posted by Howdy1242 (Emery, Utah, Usa) on 08/20/2011
5 out of 5 stars

As a diabetic I must keep a close watch on my feet. In a 13x9 " baking dish, I shred 1 medium potato and 1 cup apple cider vinegar I soak each foot for 30 minutes twice a month. It has been a cure for athletes foot, as well as other fungi, It works well for me.

I also keep a spray bottle with 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar as a after shower body spray , for itchy skin.

Replied by Sl
(Ky, US)

I am curious, how does the patoe help in the soak? Also do you save this and reuse it or make it new each time? Thanks for sharing your hints.

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Posted by Mr. Squeak Feet (Eugene, Oregon) on 07/29/2011

Hello, and thanks all for contributing your experience to growing our "common sense" cures. I am posting several huge YEAs for Apple Cider Vinegar in several categories. The first is that ACV cured my bad case of total-foot fungus really really quickly. I simply soaked my feet for about 30 minutes in straight ACV for a few days. First day stung like mad, but nearly cleared it all up. Next morning, my feet looked remarkably better. Second soak even better. Third soak was the charm. A week later, my feet got wet (rains like crazy in the winter here in Oregon), and I worked wearing wet shoes for about 5 hours, and soon foot fungus came back. I'm usually a smart guy, but still just didn't put one and one together that shoes and socks could be helping to re-infect my feet with fungus... ACV worked again. This time I also soaked all my socks, sandals, and tennis shoes in ACV. I also have a little spray bottle of straight ACV that I mist in my shoes after I take them off. It's been a couple months, no issues at all. Thanks Earth Clinic community!

Replied by Vivienne
(Bsb, Brunei)

I started using ACV 2 days ago. Today is the 3rd day in the morning. I look at the rashes and it looks redder than usual. Tho it feels less itchy. Is it suppose to be like that? I've been using 4 different creams before and none of them works. I tried Lamisil for 3 days, and then I found about ACV so I stopped using it instantly and try ACV instead. Lol. I soaked my foot in a 50% warm water and 50% ACV, once a day every night before bed. So is it normal that the wounds are redder? I badly want this to work cause I've been having this for almost 6 months now. I can't walk properly since the main rash is on the bottom of my foot. The others are on the bottom of each toes. ALL of them.

Replied by Jello
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

I tried ACV as well after reading the notes here and my foot seems to be more red as well. Is this a part of the healing process or is it getting worse? Has anyone tried both ACV and lamisil at different times in the day?

Thanks so much - this site is very helpful.

Replied by Micklee
(Memphis, Tennessee)

Get some 20 mule team borax at freds dollar store in the washing powders section, really powerful ati fungal, lather up a rag with soap then pour about 3-4 table spoons of borax on the rag and scrub it with that, must leave on for over 3 mins to kill all colonies, but I wouldnt leaveon for more than like 6 - 10 mins.... You can also take the Apple Cider Vinegar and pour into a jar and dissolve the borax in that and use it to scrub, both together are stronger I think.

Replied by Terry
(Cola, Sc)
5 out of 5 stars

Apple cider vinegar has cured my husbands awful feet!!! I decided to try it after reading posts here. I purchased a gallon jug at local grocery store for about $4. He has been to doctors, tried multiple Crees none of which were effective. For past two months he soaked his feet in a plastic tub of apple cider vinegar. Let them air dry. That's it!! The mochas sin type look is gone. The great scaly heels, cracks and bleeding between his toes. All gone! Feet are now soft and pain free. This has been a miracle- anyone out there that will listen- seriously 4 bucks and nightly soaks for 30 mins- unbelievable results!!!

Replied by Camilla
(Istanbul, Turkey)

You might still want him to take organic apple cider vinegar orally. Though it's disappeared on the surface, it's very likely that he has fungi inside, and it might flare up somewhere else, in a different way, on or inside his body. Congratulations so far though! I am trying to get my best friend's daughter to take ACV because she has a huge sugar craving and always did. She is 10 now and has suffered from athlete's food since a toddler.... Funnily enough she absolutely refuses! I told her mum to put bicarbonate of soda in as well, and it was as though her body told her not to take it. Not even camouflaged as american pancakes (lots of bicarbonate of soda) with lots of maple syrup on top. Simply refused, and she had no idea.... If your husband has a fungi in his body he should try to avoid sugar... We all should.

Replied by Aiko

I use ACV at room temperature. Could be the redness is due to high water temperature.

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Posted by Bonnie (Campton, Ky) on 07/17/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My feet had been giving me a great deal of pain for a long time. I used the ACV for about 2 months and my feet are no longer itching, cracking, bleeding and no more blisters. I have had it for about 20 years. I threw all of my old shoes away. I soak them for 30 min. a day in ACV that you can buy at the dollar store by the gallon. Also I use vaseline on my feet at night to keep them from being dry. I am so thankful for this site!!!!

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

Bonnie, for problems with cracked feet, especially heel, I would advise you try calendula cream. I don't have as many problems as you have but any time my heals are a bit cracked I use this cream and in a day or so my feet feel like a baby's bottom! Also good for the elbows and for the skin generally, even your face!

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Posted by Mary (Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom) on 04/06/2011
4 out of 5 stars

After reading the comments on this site, I tried apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it) as a soak to cure my moccasin athlete's foot. Basically, after 4 months of use, it was better but definitely not cured. I had the moccasin athlete's foot on both feet and one hand and had been unable to shift it, (in spite of frequent trips to the doctor), for 5 years.

In its favour, the apple cider vinegar did a lot more for me than the steroid creams my doctor prescribed and was also better than the OTC anti-fungal drugs. It did make my skin softer and helped heal some of the painful cracking. However, it could not kill the fungus. I suspect that this is because moccasin athlete's foot is extremely difficult to deal with once it gets hold and perhaps if I had used ACV years ago, before the moccasin athlete's foot became chronic, it might have worked.

For anyone wondering whether I managed to cure it some other way, the answer is yes, but not at home. In the end I was so desperate that I went to a traditional chinese herbalist who gave me a pile of herbs (many of which looked like fungus, bark and mushrooms) to boil up every night as a foot/hand soak. I was pretty skeptical but amazingly it worked within a week and I'm so happy! It wasn't as cheap as ACV, two consultations plus the herbs cost me around £80 (GBP), but for me it was worth it.

In conclusion, if you've got a really bad case of moccasin type athlete's foot, my experience has been that apple cider vinegar will soothe it - maybe even halt its development - but it won't give you a complete cure.

Replied by Miniapple
(Minneapolis, Mn)
4 out of 5 stars

I just pick some inter digit type between my left pinky. 1 day before they were to do the yearly deep clean of the health club. Apple CV came to mind and ive been dumping it on the dried area. Burns like I hoped it would, dries up, keep symptoms reduced. It seems to be an aggressive form, Slighly swollen/puffy top front area, blistered and peeled in 1 day. Im counting on ACV and some foot powder for my shoes/socks. Helps for sure, burns but keeps the area clean and dry. Will this go away? Tnx

Replied by Chuck
(Ventura, Ca)
5 out of 5 stars

ACV is healing my atheletes foot. I had it on the bottom of both feet and on my leg. I used OTC spray, cream, and powder to no avail. The doctor gave me anti-fungal cream, still no help. After reading these posts I soak my feet in ACV for 30 minutes each night and has done more in two months than the others did in 5 months. It is gone on one foot, and only one little spot left on the other. I get the generic ACV from Smart & Final for a little over 3 bucks a gallon. I warm it up so it is more comfortable and it seems to work better when warm.

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Posted by Barb (Julian, Pa, Usa) on 01/04/2011
4 out of 5 stars

I have been using this for weeks and have begun to see an improvement. I believe mine is the moccasin type, as I had large blisters on the bottom of my feet and along the sides of my feet. Unfortunately it has spread to my leg, and I now have crusty scales on that leg. No matter what I do, they just keep coming back and it is not improving at all on my leg. My foot and leg are so swollen, that it is difficult to wear shoes. Nothing my doctor gave me has helped, and I don't see a dermatologist for another month. Any suggestions as to how I can get some of the swelling down in my foot and leg?

Replied by Tiffany
(Conway, Ar)

I would suggest to elevate your foot on a regular basis, above the level of your heart any time you're not walking. Try putting alum or talc powder in your sock (tall tube sock) before putting it on, then wrap your foot and leg in an ACE bandage to apply compression. Elevate the foot and wrap an ice pack around it. Do this as often as possible (2-3 times per day minimum).

Replied by Justtryingtohelp
(Washington, Dc, Usa)

To take away the swelling, you can do two things. One you can either eat cherries from the jar or drink the cherry juice (you will see an improvement). Two, you can make a paste of cornmeal and vinegar, and paste it all the swolen area, let it harden, rinse or peel off. Hope this helps!

Replied by Gord
(Markham, Ontario, Canada)
5 out of 5 stars

buy a box of borax powder. (available in your local grocer detergent aisle). Pour it in a bowl large enough for your foot. Wash and thoroughly dry your foot and bury your foot in the borax.... While you watch tv etc... For at least an hour a day, replacing the borax daily. Wash a dry your feet after soak, you can also sprinkle some borax in your socks, slipper etc... To help absorb sweat... Did wonders for me when a specialist and his "magic steroid cremes" did nothing.

Replied by Happyfeet
(Mayberry, USA)
4 out of 5 stars

First -- Thanks to ALL the members who have contributed to this thread!

SECOND: My Moccasin Heel Athletes feet have shown MORE improvement in one week using ACV than all the other endless professional treatments in the last three years.

Replied by Alexandra
(Limassol, Cyprus)

i am going to try ACV for Athletes foot after reading all the successful posts on this site. Just one question, can I re-use the ACV solution or must I use a fresh solution everytime.

Replied by Junie

Has anyone replied to your question about being able to use the ACV solution again? I am going to try a solution of ACV with water as I have sore, itching, burning feet with what I believe to be athletes foot.

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Posted by Jeannine (Denver, Co, Usa) on 11/18/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I had a bad case of athlete's foot on my left foot that plagued me for well over a year. I wanted to try a natural remedy, and I found this site and used a combination of ACV (swabbed on with a cotton ball) followed by tea tree oil. This worked somewhat, but did not cure it. What finally got rid of it once and for all was soaking my foot in straight ACV for 10-20 minutes. The trick for me, I think, was that I needed to leave it soaking in the vinegar until it started to burn and itch. That's when I knew that it was working, it felt like the fungus was being killed off. After I did this, the next day I saw a big improvement, plus I found small white blisters. I did this once a day for about a week, and it completely went away. It has been about 6 months now, and it is still gone. I hope this testimony helps someone else out!

Replied by Eric
(Ann Arbor, United States)
5 out of 5 stars

I am a PhD student at the University of Michigan earning my degree in a very empirical field. I tried almost 2 dozen expensive and doctor prescribed products for my case of athletes foot - which I've had for about 7 years - and nothing worked.

I finally tried something more "natural" and I must say that ACV has been an absolute (dare I say) miracle! I soaked my feet in a small tub that was 50% ACV 50% water every morning and night (20 mins each session and longer if possible). My athletes foot is completely gone after staying with this regime for 2 weeks. I had lost hope because it wasn't working the first week, but sticking with it payed handsome dividends. I'm going to look up some other things on this website now and must say that I'm slowly becoming a believer in both science and these more "natural" remedies. Thank you all previous posters!

Replied by Kyle
(B_town, Mn)

There is no cure to bad foot other then prevention. IF you do get it I swear on my life that ACV and Tea Tree Oil will calm it down. When my whole body shakes cause it itches so bad I soak it 50 percent water and 50 percent ACV for 15 to 20 mins on both feet. Even if its on one toe or foot both, add the other so it prevents it. Trust me it wont spread to the other foot.

Replied by L
(Whitefish, Mt)
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar for Athlete's Foot.

My husband had suffered for years (he's 48) with horrible, deep cracks in his heels, as well as between his toes. He had to be on his feet all day, so it was very hard on him. We have only been married for 6 months, and I was shocked when I first saw his feet. Anyway, I convinced him to try soaking in ACV, used undiluted. The first time it stung, but he did it anyway as he was desperate for relief. By the third day, all cracks between his toes gone, and he was pain free. After one week, he said his feet felt slippery in his socks, they were so smooth. He said he can't remember when his feet have felt so good. Now, he also gets terrible cracks in his fingers from working outside - he goes through boxes of bandaids. He hasn't wanted to try the ACV yet, as it will hurt at least the first time. If I can get him to do it, I will post the results!

Replied by Sonya
(Melbourne, Fl, Usa)
5 out of 5 stars

This completely cured my boyfriend's horrible athlete's foot. He had been using OTC creme for over a year and it did noting. He was itching all the time and his foot looked awful. I finally got sick of it and insisted he soak in a solution of ACV and a little water every night for 20-30 min. After about 1 1/2 weeks the fungus is gone and no more itching! Highly recommended!

Replied by Brent
4 out of 5 stars

I apologize for being long winded. But figured this information could prove useful to someone out there.

(TLDR version: I have moccasin type athletes foot.
Wipe with alcohol, cover area in iodine. Dremel off dead skin (Yes I said dremel) This should not hurt. (Don't peel, it will tear.) Soak freshly exposed layer in ACV daily for 30 mins. After soak use essential oils. If the area starts to get hard again. Repeat.)

Well, truth be told science IS nature. How did ACV cure your athlete's foot? Scientific processes. Science is the outcome of nature, which man tries to understand an then harnesses. It's a beautiful and inescapable fact of reality. So I have to laugh when people juxtapose 'nature' and 'science' as though they are mutually exclusive. A remedy is a remedy whether you're conscious of its scientific processes or not. While you may not be following a scientific process to PROVE it's effectiveness, science as reality still happens.

Glad to hear it worked for you. I'm in the process of using ACV. I've used every anti-fungal essential oil you can name, creams, powders, iodine tincture, hydrogen peroxide, etc... and it still clings on. It's a LOT better but I have been treating it daily for about 3 or more months now, and it's really only in two spots. A spot on the pad of my foot under my pinky toe and between my pinky toe. I think it may have started on my heel now, so I am going back to apple cider vinegar foot soaks. Which is what I started with as treatment months ago, but now with a twist.

I'm certain it's the moccasin type, that started inter-digitally about 6 months ago. If I had gotten to it when I first saw symptoms I think it would be gone by now.

The most effective thing I've done so far has been to wipe down the area with a cottonball soaked in isopropyl alcohol (do NOT soak your foot in alcohol). I then take tincture of iodine and cover the area. I also make sure to get outside the area where the visible fungus is because it usually exists outside the area as well. This dries it out very quickly and effectively. Then I dremel.

Since it's the moccasin type, the outer layer is already hard to begin with (moccasin-type athletes foot basically makes a shield with your skin) so after a few days of wiping with alcohol and applying iodine twice a day, the outer layer is ready to be dremeled. This should NOT hurt. I use a small electric dremel you plug into the wall with a relatively soft sandpaper like tip. I haven't had this hurt yet. If this hurts your foot, you're either dremeling soft tissue or your skin isn't dried out enough yet... or your dremel is too powerful/tip is too rough. Use common sense. Also, make sure to dremel in a location that's not going to likely spread the fungus to someone else. While the outer layer of skin is dead, and comes off in a fine powder, fungus could still potentially be living so just be cautious. The whole point of this is so that you can actually put your medicine of choice on your moccasin athletes foot and it be more effective... or effective at all. Personally, after the soft tissue is now exposed, I soak in ACV for 30 minutes. THIS WILL HURT. Then use oils.

Also, a word of advice, DO NOT PEEL your dead skin tags. The way that this specific fungus sheds your skin is like a hangnail. You'll get a tag of dead skin, want to pull it, but it will tear down into fresh tissue opening a wound for the fungus to dive right in. I made this mistake and it's lasted a lot longer than it should have, my foot was incredibly sore and treatments were EXCRUCIATING.

Side note: I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would use Hydrogen Peroxide with the type of athletes foot I have. Maybe mine is just really imbedded. The levels of pain I experienced from Hydrogen Peroxide were ridiculous. Literally ridiculous. I skipped all the normal reactions from pain and went straight into laughter. I don't know how you all do it. We're talking nerve pain. Hundreds of thousands of needles jabbing into your foot, pain. I'm a tough guy, and I don't cry, and I toughed out 30 min soaks a day or more for more than a week that didn't get rid of it. So no more. God bless you all who want to go that route.

Currently on my second foot soak with ACV after dremeling. Still stings just as bad as yesterday's soak. Crossing my fingers. I will also be applying essential oils all day. Currently I have Melaleuca, Lavender, Oregeno, Clove, Cassia, Fennel, Cumin, Lemongrass, Frankincense, Arborvitae, Helichrysum, Rosemary, and Bergamot essential oils at my disposal after my foot soaks. All of these apparently have anti-fungal properties which you can read more about at

Hot oils that will burn: Cassia, Oregeno, & Clove. Peppermint is so cooling it will feel hot around privates. Do not use any of these for jock itch unless you want to feel miserable. Peppermint being the least miserable.

All others are relatively mild and give a sense of mild cooling and relief, and should be ok to use should you have jock itch around sensitive areas as well. Cumin and Lemongrass are especially smelly. You will smell like lemongrass for about a day (sweet smell) and cumin (spicy smell kind of like BO) for about two days.

Replied by Michell

ACV is without a doubt the only way to deal with the foot fungus. At first if it burns deal with it just think the next day you will be a new person, don't forget to trash the shoe pads away and take newspaper spray some disinfectant on the paper and stuff the shoes with the paper every day and rotate your shoes! Believe me, this takes care of your feet and your hands and you'll be a happy camper!

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Posted by Stephen (Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan) on 08/18/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Remedy: Apple Cider Vinegar
Usage: 1Day/1Time/2Weeks for 30Minutes before bed
Cured: Yes

Ok this my sound a little harsh to some, but sometime the truth hurts. 99. 9 percent of all athletes foot can be prevented by one simple step. WASH YOUR FEET EVERYDAY!! I myself sometimes neglected my feet (and don't say you haven't) during quick showers not to mention military days when there were no "Hollywood showers" allowed. Well I don't want to place all the blame on the military, but I was in boots more than out of them during my tour. I didn't even have athletes foot til I got out of the military. WTF. ;o;

Well it was worst on my left foot between my little (weewee)piggy and my starved piggy. Cracking, itching, peeling, etc. Never spread though. Thank God. I tried it all. Bought all the fix it quicks online, the crap from the doctors office, and online healing BS. Then I found this site and read each and everyone of your reviews. I thought what the hell. Let me give it a try. I went to Costco and bought boxes of ACV. The first week I used the stuff straight outta the bottle covering both feet 20 minutes a night. The first treatment was already mind blowing. The next morning I looked at my feet and the redness was almost gone. After the first week I could see not signs of the fungus. I then started diluting the ACV into water at a 2 to 1 ration. The smaller being water. Continued for another week and I think I am cured. I am washing my feet like crazy everyday just to be extra safe. I can tell you I now am not embarrassed when the ladies come over and can take of my socks without worrying about my feet. Damn!! I got beautiful feet again. The only downside to the ACV (and I think this was already said) but it does dry the hell out of your feet. Better dry than moist I guess. THANK YOU EARTHCLINIC for putting up this site and allowing me to find a cure for the devils fungus. If you have not experienced athletes foot then good for you, but you best never neglect your feet or Mr. Fungi might come a knocking. Use the Apple Cider Vinegar!! I am telling it works. Just don't half ass the remedy though. Stick to it every day until you kill those little critters eating away at your feet.

Replied by Kenny
(Alfred, New York, Usa)

Is there truly a positive difference between Apple Cider Vinegar and white vinegar? I've been suffering from the moccasin type for 8 months.

Replied by Ken
(Alfred, New York Usa)
4 out of 5 stars

I acknowledge the success of Stephen from Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, BUT he suffered from inter-digit type. It's short-lived. I am suffering from "moccasin" type known as Trichophyton rubrum, which is long-lasting and very difficult to treat. I've had this 8 months now with ups-downs. Vinegar soak helps but seems to have put the infection in a hibernation like state. Tolerable but not cured.

Replied by Gs
(New Braunfels, Tx)

^^^^ To this guy with the moccasin type AF. The problem is probably that the skin is so thick that the ACV cannot penetrate. Go buy one of those girly foot scrubby things. After your soak, don't dry your feet. Keep one foot in the ACV and start scrubbing the thick skin with the tool. After about 30 seconds, the extra skin will start to roll off in clumps (do this over a towell or something). Put the foot back in for a bit while you scrub the other one, then put the other foot back in the ACV. Repeat nightly.

In about a week, the skin will be thinner and you will kill the fungus as you slough off the old thick crusty skin.

In the morning, put some powder in your shoes to help keep feet dry.

I was in the same boat at many other here (Military/Combat boots) and this is the only thing that helped.

Cream (even prescription) can't penetrate the thick skin.

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Posted by Chris (Atlanta, Ga) on 07/19/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I tried soaking my feet in apple cider vinegar straight out of the bottle, straight off the shelf of the grocery store (Heinz), and after battling athletes foot for over 20 years, I am free of this pest finally. Soaking lasted for about 30 minutes a day for a week. After the first day, I noticed an improvement as did my wife. Each day showed a bit of a difference, and I decided after a week to stop. By the middle of the next week, my feet showed NO SIGNS whatsoever of mocassin athletes foot. No peeling, no redness, no cracked skin, no pustules, nothing. That was four months ago and I have since maintained the same active lifestyle (running, tennis, hiking) and have not had one flare-up. In fact, my only concern is that my feet are often very dry. Works out nice, actually, as the wife lotions them up and nothing beats a foot massage with lotion =)

If you have your doubts, try it. I didn't use organic or some other over-priced product. Give it a shot. A $5 bottle of vinegar and a week's worth of your time is worth it for almost anything, much less a chance to get rid of AF.

Replied by Matt
(Santo Domingo, Costa Rica)

Since moving to Costa Rica 4 years ago, I have had severe athletes foot. I don't know why, but only my left foot has it(never my right foot). It is present in between the toes and along the sides of my toes. OTC solutions have not worked and are kind of expensive. My big toe and little toe nails have turned a dirty looking yellow(the 3 center toes are normal). The nails are brittle and distorted and twice as thick as normal nails. The quick underneath seems to be eaten up and now there is a space between my nail and toes. Today I am starting the Apple Cider Vinegar treatment(40% water/60% APC), 25 minutes/twice a day. I am also going to use baking soda in my shoes and maybe try cayenne pepper in my socks. Should I leave the Apple Cider Vinegar on my feet without rinsing, and then put my socks and shoes on, or should I rinse my feet off with water after each Apple Cider Vinegar treatment?

Replied by Stephen
(Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan)

This works people. Garlic does work in the beginning, but it won't cure your feet like the Apple Cider Vinegar will. Warning!! Your feet may actually become dry using ACV. Mine did, but it is way better than damp feet. If your feet get too dry you can always rub a little foot lotion on your feet, but if you do, DO NOT put socks over your feet that you just put lotion on.

Replied by Stephen
(Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan)

Matt, you can rinse you feet if you want, but don't wear socks unless your feet are dry. What I did, and what I forgot to add in my yea post was that at night, after soaking my feet, I left the vinegar to dry and then put my feet in plastic baggies with rubber bands to hold the baggies in place. I rinsed my feet in the morning, dried really well and wore sandals for the day. Also throw away all socks and buy new ones. Put your shoes in plastic bags, seal the bags and stick in the freezer over night. The fungi can survive the washing machine and stay in your socks. No joke!! Good luck!

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Posted by Mn (West Midlands, England) on 05/27/2010
4 out of 5 stars

About two years ago, I tried taking ACV to cure my athlete's foot. It didn't work at all! I tried everything but it wouldn't go away.

Then about a month ago, after being off of ACV for a half a year or so, I started taking it again for allergies. Looking at my feet at the end of the week when I took a bath, I noticed about 50% of my athlete's foot had disappeared. I have no idea why it didn't work the first time. I hadn't changed my diet much except I had less processed foods.

Anyone wanting to cure Athlete's Foot should give ACV another try.

Replied by Amy
(Atlanta, Georgia)
5 out of 5 stars

Also, essential oil of lavendar, used undiluted has worked wonders for me. I "contracted" athletes's foot while vacationing at a hot springs resort. Much like a public swimming pool, it would be ahrd to avoid. I have never had it before and when it started to develop I had no idea what it was. By the time I realized it was athlete's foot, it was well underway on my two outside toes. I tried tea tree, acv, oil of oregano. none of it seemed to worked and the Apple Cider Vinegar and oregano stung.

I am not sure how I heard of lavendar oil, but I used it undiluted (just drizzle some over the affected area) and in 2 days the skin was smooth and healed. I plan to use lavendar oil as a preventative when I think I could have come in to contact with the athlete foot fungus. I have learned since that lavendar is a great antifungal. Additonally, wiping out your shoes and washing socks in lavendar oil probably wouldn't hurt as it would likely help break the fungal cycle. Lastly, I also dosed myself pretty heavily (internally) with colloidal silver solution a few days after the athlete's foot started to clear up. I thought I was getting a cold and cs works wonders. I bet spraying cs on the foot would also be very helpful.

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Posted by Marian (Tasmania, Australia) on 10/28/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Hi all, I read on your site (I think) that bathing feet in cider vinegar for a minimum of 6 weeks would cure athletes foot. I have had this condition since a teenager, I'm now 58. Usually didn't notice it too much in winter when I was wearing shoes but each summer my heels would crack and give me grief. So I was constantly putting healing cream on with band-aids and this went on all summer. This year it started in the winter, and I noticed that my feet were peeling also. So I quite religiously rubbed organic cider vinegar on my feet each night, and dried them off in front of the fire, an evening ritual before bed. My feet are now completely clear of peeling and splitting and feel so good. I have yet to go through the summer so am hopeful that it continues, if not I will just keep on with the bathing each night. Also started oil pulling about the same time, seseme, sunflower and coconut, it really cleared my sinus problems and I am continuing every second day. Thanks for your great site, I love the empowering vibe, its so hopeful and comforting to see us reclaiming our health from the "sickness industry".
love marian

Replied by No Lie
(Atl, Ga)

try vick vapor rub it should do the trick

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Posted by Cheryl (Gainesville, Florida) on 07/27/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar used to cure my moccasin type athlete's foot.

I just want to say THANK YOU!!!!!! I have had the moccasin type of athlete's foot for over a year and it was so PAINFUL! I went to the doctor and tried EVERYTHING! I was spending about $60.00 a week purchasing anti-fungal treatments and followed all the directions to the tee. I was doing anything possible to get rid of this because I'm a diabetic and I was afraid of my feet becoming infected from the athlete's foot. They would crack and bleed, some mornings it was extremely difficult to even walk because they hurt so bad. I kept buying the anti-fungal treatments because I was trying to cure it and trying to prevent it's spread to my toenails.

Out of desperation I did a Google search on home remedies for athlete's foot.....I didn't have much hope, I was just hoping for something to help ease the pain....I thought I would have to live with this for the rest of my life. I read about the Apple Cider Vinegar and I read all the comments and decided to give it a try. WOW!!! Within a week the open wounds were healing. At that point I was only applying the apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball. My husband was so excited about the improvement that he went out and bought a couple of gallon jugs of the stuff so I could soak my feet in it. I have been soaking each foot in it full strength for 30 minutes each for about 3 weeks now and it's almost GONE! It stung a lot at first, but that was because of the open the fungus is clearing up and it even makes my feet soft and healthy!!!

Thank you sooooo much! This site saved me from a lot of pain and discomfort! The apple cider vinegar really works!

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Posted by TimeSpirit (North Jersey, NJ) on 07/22/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I've had hideous toe and foot fungus for many years. I've tried a lot of OTC medicine and never had much relief. It's hard to believe but, I just used ACV ONCE and I saw an improvement. I was stunned. I took suggestions from other posts and sprinkled some cayenne pepper onto my feet and toes and put on clean socks. Can't tell if it's working or not but, the cayenne feels pretty nice, just like a soft foot powder. I'll update in a week after the treatment has some time to work. Thanks to all who post here. I really appreciate all the helpful remedies.