Patient Comments: Athlete's Foot - Treatment

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Comment from: Greenliving, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

It's been many years since I've had athlete's foot. When I did, the most effective treatment of the feet and toe nails was to apply tea tree oil twice daily for a few weeks and about 1 week after, the symptoms went away. Now, I add a little tea tree oil and rosemary oil to my body wash and shampoo to aid in prevention of fungal infections. One of my coworkers had toenail fungus and I suggested that she try the tea tree oil. She no longer has problems.

Comment from: Jayne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I cured athlete's foot by applying sea mud mask by Arbonne over the entire bottom of my feet as nothing had worked in five months, even oral medicines from the doctor. The mask dries totally so I left it on overnight in bed. I slept so well without the itching and burning and when I washed it off the next day there was already a huge difference. I then did this every night and after about a week my severe feet were fabulous! No one mentions sea mud mask! The stuff really works!

Comment from: Lisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

After about 40 years of having a bad case of moccasin foot fungus and trying everything over the counter for athlete's foot, I finally tried Dr. Blaine's Tineacide antifungal cream and the tough dry calluses are almost gone, and the nails are doing great. The treatment says 2 times per day for 4 week and then once a week for maintenance. I got the cream for about 14 dollars at Walmart. Please try this.

Comment from: Celia, Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I am fighting with this problem of athlete's foot since I was 12 years old, it makes me sick. Every time I go to a public swimming pool or take a shower in my dance center I can be sure to get a new fungus! Now I found something that seems to support the cure. Well, of course I use the typical clotrimazole cream my doctor prescribes, but I am now also using shoe inserts of cedar wood to support the curing process and I am well surprised! I have dry feet using them and seems like they have a natural antibacterial effect (I read a bit about it) so it's a good thing I think! Hope I could help!

Comment from: roy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 28

The cure for my athlete's foot was 91 percent isopropyl alcohol 32 oz. and Equate povidone-iodine 8 oz. (or the more expensive Betadine). I bought a foot shaped Rubbermaid take along and mixed both bottles and soaked each foot for 1/2 hour every day. (Sometimes I microwave the solution for 30 seconds in the microwave to take the chill off.) The sores between my toes disappeared in a week. Now I just do maintenance once a week or whenever I feel something down there.

Comment from: colleen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

While this did not cure the athlete's foot, I was able to peel a great deal of it off by soaking my feet overnight with peroxide. I put the peroxide in a bag and put old socks over the bag.

Comment from: Fundementals, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 15

I have a small amount of athlete's foot infection between my 4th and 5th toe on my left foot. I tried Lamisil as instructed using it over a week and then stopping. My infection returned a week later. With my foot itching and no Lamisil with me, I tried using Peroxyl mouthwash, putting a finger under my toes to form a bowl and pouring the liquid into the gap. Peroxyl is a 1 percent hydrogen peroxide solution, it is used for disinfecting wounds. Works a treat, two days/applications later the angry red area has gone. Interestingly, during the second application, the peroxide bubbled less, suggesting something in the fungus was being consumed by it. I am not affiliated with Colgate the manufacturers, just glad to have found a way to get rid of it.

Comment from: IvoryCat, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: October 19

I petted a familiar stray cat around my park on Saturday, and it sunk its claws deep in my forearm, and I am now experiencing sweats, chills, intense fatigue, malaise and nausea. Although it is not as severe as it was on Monday, it is still miserable. It says if the person has a strong immune system it just has to run its course. Not much you can do. Doctor can do a culture because it is even hard to diagnose and won't show in a culture for 3 to 6 weeks and by that time it will probably be gone. It affects the lymph nodes too. I haven't slept since Saturday night, my eyes are swollen and red, and I feel like a confused zombie. I hope it goes soon! Don't pet stray cats!

Comment from: brooklyn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I bought extra strength Zincofax and used for athlete's foot. It peeled the skin off in a few days and the itch and blistering went away.

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Comment from: Elizabeth, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I had an awful case of moccasin athlete's foot on one foot that had spread to my toe nails. I tried all the OTC creams and could not get rid of it. I thought I would eventually have to take the oral medication, but the side effects sounded awful. I read an article on a "natural health" website that said to soak in apple cider vinegar. I bought a 99 cent bottle of apple cider vinegar and swabbed my foot and nails with a paper towel dipped in the vinegar morning and night. I also used the Vicks as it was very soothing. It took a year, but the fungus is gone, even in the nails. This really works! Good luck!

Comment from: itchy feet, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

Everyone in my family seems to be vulnerable to fungal infections of various kinds. I have had athlete's foot almost continuously since high school or younger (I'm 48 now.) Chlorine seems to knock it down pretty well (though I don't think it's ever really cured). I discovered this when I would super chlorinate (shock) my swimming pool with a product called Burn Out, which has to be pre-dissolved in a bucket of water. It has all kinds of warnings about not getting it on your skin, but some is bound to spill. I discovered by accident that it beat down the fungus. After that, I started deliberately dipping my feet in the bucket and then rinsing it off after 30-60 seconds. I have also used a solution of about one part household bleach to two parts water. It's strong stuff! But I've never been burned, and it does manage the fungus.

Comment from: Nancy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I have been bothered by mild athlete's foot for years. OTC creams helped for a while, but not totally clearing it up. I read online remedies and decided to try the vinegar. I soaked my feet in 1/2 inch of vinegar for 5 minutes every day for a week. There was an amazing change, no more itching or burning. I now do this once a week, and no symptoms have returned, it's been a year.

Comment from: Bella, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

Good hygiene is very important, but it's more important to keep your feet dry! In most cases moisture (sweat) is the reason for smelly feet. Medicated insoles are helpful. I prefer Zederna Insoles because they are made from antifungal cedar wood which helps prevent athlete's foot.

Comment from: Mr. Arturo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 07

I've battled athlete's foot for 30 years. I've used almost all remedies available with various levels of success, but it finds a way of returning. Recently, I was advised by a local health food pharmacy to try treating my digestive tract for candida, a yeast infection, by drastically reducing sugar intake and taking probiotics and oregano oil pills intermittently, but never at the same time. The oregano oil acts as the antibiotic, and the probiotics reestablish good bacteria in the digestive tract. The results have been very encouraging after two weeks.

Comment from: Kim, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

During the day, I use the Equate brand at Walmart for Athlete's Foot. It is the clotrimazole usp 1%. At night I use Vick's vapor rub. It has cleared up, but it took a couple of months.

Comment from: Brooke, Female (Patient) Published: May 24

Special cedarsoles made from cedarwood cured my athlete's foot. The natural wood binds moisture and reduces nail fungus within a few weeks.

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