I've been reading the posts about apple cider vinegar and I have to say that I think whether or not it works may depnd on what type of athlete's foot you've got. For example, I've seen it work really well for people with toe-web athlete's foot, (the kind that infects the area around the toes), but I have Moccasin-type athlete's foot (which infects the soles of your feet and sometimes spreads to your hands), and ACV has no impact on it at all. I have also tried tea tree oil, and that doesn't appear to cure moccasin athlete's foor either. I've had it for about 4 years now and unfortunately, my overall experience has been that moccasin athlete's foot is much harder to cure and often dosn't respond to the home remedies you read about online. Also, while over the counter medicines can controll it - they don't seem able to cure it - I've tried all the brands I can find of creams, sprays and talcs. None helped.
My conclusion about Moccasin-type athlete's foot is that once it is severe, (i.e. when it has spread over most of the sole of one or both feet), you need prescription medication to cure it. Apparently, this is beacuse of the thickness of the skin on the soles of the feet (creams, oils etc won't penetrate it). I wish I was wrong, as I do prefer home remedies - but for moccasin athlete's foot my experience has been that a trip to the doctor really is necessary.
St. Paul, MN
Dundalk, Co Louth. Ireland
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!!!!!!!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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 foot.you will see improvement on the first try by 2nd to 3rd day it will all be gone.
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!
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!
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
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.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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.
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.