Natural Cures for Athlete's Foot

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Posted by Char (Los Alamitos, CA, USA) on 03/12/2009
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Organic apple cider vinegar cure worked wonders in 3 days, redness decreased on bottom of foot, skin appears to have returned to normal in area where it had peeled off, blisters decreasing in size and almost dried up. I also used the coconut oil to keep the skin soft. Can't thank you enough!!!!!!!

Posted by Bethany (Westminster, CA) on 02/20/2009
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My husband had a severe case of athletes foot, and his skin would crack from how think and hard it was. We tried every cream, spray and powder out there, it helped with the smell but that was it. My sister told me about raw organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar and that it would kill the fungus. I figured we would give it a shot, and after the first night there was an improvement, and when he came home from work the smell was gone! So we kept on it soaking his feet in it for 15 mins a night after he got home from work and took a shower. after 2 weeks of this no more athletes foot, he now has soft normal skin on the bottom of his feet and they dont stink!!! give it a shot it is an amazing cure for athletes foot!!

Posted by Lesley (Hervey Bay, Australia) on 01/21/2009
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I have used ACV to successfully treat Athlete's Foot. Just soak cotton balls in the vinegar and apply often to the affected toes. Do this twice a day for 2 to 3 days and the problem will vanish. Try to keep your toes dry as reinfection is common with this ailment. I have also used ACV for itchiness in my ears. Just pour it in as best as you can and massage to let the vinegar get right down into the ear. This fully healed my ear itchiness that I had suffered for years.

Posted by Keith Warren (Totnes, England) on 01/06/2009
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I have suffered from the above off and on for many years and get really bad attacks of athletes foot. I have tried many remedies, non of which have proved very satisfactory until I tried Cider Vinegar and Vapour Rub. What can I say? Within a week its like having a new pair of feet, I simply cannot thank the people who posted these remedies enough, they have been the proverbial life saver as I am in the building trade and have to wear safety boots and my feet were so very painful. Thank you one and all for your suggestions.

Posted by Kira (Saratoga, NY) on 12/23/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I don't even need to soak my feet in Apple Cider vinegar (ACV), just wet a cotton ball with ACV and run over feet.

Be careful, it can really burn raw spots!

After the ACV dries, it feels so good to massage a little coconut oil on my feet (anti-fungal and moisturizing).

I find my biggest problem is I wear socks all the time and when they get moist, the intense itching begins.

My b/f did find when he wears cheap socks (like I do) his athlete's foot is worse.

Posted by Katrina (NYC) on 12/21/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Athletes Foot: I rented ice skates for 1-hr and next morning got an AF. I read all the solutions here and doing following:

ACV -- i soak my foot for 15 min
ACV+ wet clay -- I put it as a mask on my foot overnight-- improvements right away!!!
Oil of Oregano -- overnight-- great improvements!!!

Posted by Larry (Dumaguete, Philippines) on 10/08/2008
1 out of 5 stars

I had chronic athletes foot for years, i could never get rid of it. Over the counter creams such as lamisil controlled the problem but did not get rid of it. I then tried not using the creams and only apple cider vinegar instead. The result was disaster, rampant athletes foot, so this is a definite NAY, but amazingly I did find something that finally worked after many years! And it involves Cayenne pepper and salt, see my additional comment below under Cayenne.

Posted by Teresa (Minnesota, USA) on 05/01/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Yes, ACV does cure dundruff but do you know it can cure athlete foot too... Just put acv on your affected foot 2x a day, do not rinse- let it dry.. yes it will sting but it will cure the athlete will see improvement on the first try by 2nd to 3rd day it will all be gone.

Posted by Vicky (Victoria, BC, Canada) on 01/18/2008
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I had read about all of the ailments that could be treated by Apple Cider Vinegar and decided to try it for a bad case of Athlete's Foot. I used it for about 6 weeks and the problem cleared up completely. A couple of months later, I chipped a piece of a filling from my tooth. Within a couple of days, the tooth started to ache. I remembered how the Apple Cider Vinegar had killed the bacteria from my feet so I decided to start taking it internally to kill bacteria from the inside out. It immediately started to reduce the pain in my tooth. Within 3 weeks, my toothache was completed gone. I still haven't gone to a dentist to get it fixed. I just keep taking my ACV!

Posted by Mike (Houston, TX) on 11/05/2007
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Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) really works! I was skeptical at first because I have tried just about everything for a stubborn case of athlete's foot that I've had recurring for about the last 4 years. The antifungal creams and lotions I bought from the drugstore were a huge waste of time and money. If I had only known about ACV sooner. After reading some of the testimonials on here I went to my local health food store and purchased a bottle of unfiltered, organic, apple cider vinegar. I wet a q-tip with the full-strength ACV and dabbed it on the affected areas on my foot, I reapeated this for a minute or so, as to saturate the skin. Then I let it air dry. I reapeated this once a day for 3 days. The ACV kind of stings and burns a bit, but I guess that lets you know it's working. It's been about 10 days now and the stubborn athlete's foot fungus is gone! The skin where I had the worst of the fungus is still healing, but each day that passes, the skin looks clearer and smoother. ACV has made a believer out of me. I'm so glad I found this site. By the way I am also a believer in organic, unrefined, virgin coconut oil. It is a great anti-fungal remedy. It just couldn't do the trick with the stubborn athlete's foot I had. I still apply some coconut oil as a preventative measure and it keeps the skin soft and supple also. THANK YOU!

Replied by Bluebell
Acton, MA

cool to hear you mention the coconut oil. I have used the oregano oil, after trying the tea tree oil and the ACV. They all made a difference and finally I put coconut oil all over my feet and that made a difference, too. I have lots of foot pain, too, such as plantar fascitis/spurs and I thought the coconut oil at night made them feel a bit better in the morning. Also, a cream with calendula in it made the inflammation feel better by morning when it was applied at night.

Posted by Otto (Lakeland, FL) on 09/27/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I'm sitting here reading about your ACV cure for my sinus pressure and possible infection which I'm about to try but I thought I'd add another AMAZING use for ACV. While in the Army I used to get all kinds of funky foot problems from wet boots and smelly group showers. Once, I got a athletes foot fungus that was so bad not a single OTC remedy would work and I spent $$$ on those "cures"! Out of desperation I read about ACV and thought "Why not" I placed it on a cotton ball, rubbed it all over the fungus (which burned really bad) and just let it sit there for about 15 minutes. Within 2 days the fungus started peeling off and new skin was taking it's place. Can you say MIRACLE? And a bottle of ACV is a bunch cheaper than a $7.00 tube of Lotramin

Posted by Linda (MANHATTAN, KS) on 08/30/2007
1 out of 5 stars

I tried on a pair of shoes that my sister gave. While wearing them I noticed my left foot was starting itch. After I soaked my feet in sea salt, h2o2 and ACV and diluted with water and when I poured out that mixture and soaked them in plain I noticed that I had a rash on both feet. The right foot it is more blotchy and smaller in size. The rash covers most of the left foot. I put coritizone cream on both feet. Should I try that sea salt, h2o2 again? I never had a rash on both feet before.

Replied by Stephanie
Tampa, Florida

You're probably very sensitive to the acid in the vinager. Try aveeno oatmeal bath soak, it will help with the irritation on your skin. Or plain oatmeal you can make a paste out of it but dont mix anything else with it besides water. The salt will dry out your skin, its no good for rash's. But like any skin allergy it will probably take a week or two to clear up. Also check to see if your sister wears perfume on her feet? alot of girls do maybe its not just the shoes, Hope this helps.

Replied by Rick
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and acetic acid (in all vinegars) react to form peracetic acid, which is very powerful and should never be used on the skin. However, you may use it on your nails. Since peracetic acid is relatively unstable (it breaks down and loses its power after a few hours), it is preferable to apply the reactants one after the other, rather than mixing them beforehand. For example, first apply the vinegar to the nail, then apply the H2O2 on top of the vinegar. It does not matter which one you apply first.

By the way, peracetic acid is a good alternative to chlorine bleach for sterilizing nonporous (hard) household surfaces. For this application, just use plain white vinegar, not ACV. Peractic acid is actually a more powerful oxidizing agent than chlorine, yet it is not nearly as toxic as chlorine. (In fact, the breakdown products of peractic acid are completely nontoxic.) For large surfaces, such as bathtubs and kitchen counters, you may find it easiest to apply by putting the white vinegar in one spray bottle, and the H2O2 in another spray bottle; spray one and then the other. Again, it does not matter which one you spray first.

Replied by Claudia
Fremont, Ca

Very interesting combination. Can this be used in the washing machine to boost cleaning?

Posted by Bob (Leawood, Kansas) on 05/08/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have had a case of athletes foot for several years. Nothing over the counter has worked. I tried the asv wash and its incredible. It cleared up practically over night it seems. I also used tea tree oil after drying my feet off. I would put it on each affected area and each toe nail. I would let it dry completely before putting on sox and shoes. A suggestion is to also wear sandals as much as possible and change sox and shoes often. This really does work.

Replied by T2
Worcester, Ma
0 out of 5 stars

Most of the posts I've read about treating athlete's foot with ACV say that a) it dries out the skin and b) wear sandals. The problem I have is that when I wear sandals, my rash gets so dried out that it cracks when I take a step--and that's without the ACV! I'm sitting soaking my nasty feet in the ACV/water solution now and the stinging pain is sending me through the roof! It's been years that I've had this chronic problem. It's in the arch of my feet, peels, gets raw, itches, and then burns when I succumb to scratching the itch! The dermatologist gave me Salex to remove the layers of skin easily, but that only treated the symptoms and not the source. I hope, HOPE ACV works. I'll let you know.

Replied by William

Look at eczema of the feet. A dermatologist told me i'ts what I have. Leather soles seem to be the only thing that helps. Otherwise they will prescribe steroids but this only cures the symptoms, because its a chronic skin disorder. Hope you find a cure.

Posted by Ben (Scottsdale, AZ) on 08/14/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I have to agree about ACV for athlete's foot. It does work! For best results, however, you should not only apply it topically, but also drink it. A lot of people don't know that athlete's foot is systemic, the fungi circulate around the body. The ACV vinegar works by not only killing the fungus directly, but also by optimizing internal ph to a more alkaline state, this prevents the fungus from thriving. One note: health store type ACV is preferable for ingestion, heinz type tends to be too acidic, it can be used topically, however. I normally use _______s for drinking.

Replied by Acv Research
Berkeley, Ca

Do you need to use "new" ACV everytime you bathe your feet, or can you use the same ACV solution more than once. Thank you

Posted by Jeff (Houston) on 03/14/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Forget all the creams at Walgreens, CVS--or any other drug store. Put ACV on a cotton swab rub it around the effected area until is burns. Later place a soaked swab on it without rubbing it at night. Do this for a couple more days--you'll knock the ringworm out of the ring.