I discovered that Head and Shoulders shampoo works too. I used a scouring pad to scrub the affected area after pouring H&S 'Dry Scalp' on the pad. It works. Dries out the skin a bit. Treating the shoes and socks is another matter.
my feet were so bad and it had spread to both of my hands the itching was so bad I wasnt getting any sleep both my hands and feet were bleeding from scratching so much after trying EVERYTHING from alot of sites I finally tried tea tree oil today OMG I should of done this treatment weeks ago first washed my hands and feet dried them off put 100% tea tree oil that I got from local pharmacy first aid section and Itching and burning and all the pain is COMPLETELY gone hoping I will finally be able to sleep first day so dont know how well it gets rid of it but symptoms GONE !!!!!!
I just had to add my two cents. I've seen some really bizarre home remedies on this forum, but please try Vinegar its cheap, all natural non-toxic and on the money!!!
I had athletes foot for close to 40 years. I got it as a teen camp counselor when I monitored kids from the poolside while barefoot. Last Summer I just happen to read about the vinegar cure online which recommended soaking feet in a small amount of vinegar added to warm water. But Instead, I did my usual 1/2 cup bleach to a foot tub of hot soapy water with my usual cool water rinse, scrape, scrub and dry pedicure routine.
Then, being the extremist that I am, the NEXT DAY after showering I put some undiluted vinegar in a smallish spray bottle and THOROUGHLY sprayed my feet 2- 3 times daily for about 3 weeks. It was Summer and I was usually in flip flops or open sandals. The Vinegar was quite cooling and the itching stopped immediately. But what I finally figured out, which only two of the 71 respondents on this forum barely mentioned, is that:
YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST TREAT YOUR SHOES AND HOSIERY TOO
so that you don't re-contaminate your feet. Funny I don' recall reading that on all those tubes of Dessenex, Tinactin and Lotrimin I've consumed over the years.
I got a bottle of vinegar and poured a little in the toe area of EVERY PAIR OF SHOES I OWN. I swished it around then THOROUGHLY wiped the insides out heel to toe. I even put a few pairs in the sunlight to dry. Not only did the acidic vinegar kill the fungus but it also acted as a natural deodorizer so my shoes were all smelling 'springtime fresh' when they dried- not at all vinegary.
I am happy to say I am 8 months athletes foot free, I have NOT had one ferocious midnight itching episode since my treatment; and. my feet are actually starting to look attractive. I'm finally looking forward to being barefoot on the beach.
MY PROBLEM IS that the fungus is on my RIGHT HEEL. Only the heel, not on the toes. My doctor suggested 2.5% hydrocortisone with Denorex Powder afterwards. It's a week, some relief but I do not know if it will ever go away.
I've had this ailment for 4 months thinking it was just an insect bite at first.
The itch comes and goes, the pain goes and goes, burning comes and goes also.
Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream! This stuff works wonders! Depending on the severity, it takes a day or two, sometimes longer. The only thing about it is, you have to be diligent about it. Apply at least twice a day! Dries area out good!
Nothing seemed to work and my feet were on fire and itching so bad I was going crazy. I got the apple cider vinegar, put one part vinegar to four parts water in a five gallon bucket and started soaking my feet. The relief was instant. After the soaking, I scraped the dead skin off my feet and toes with a callous scraper that you can buy at the drug store, continued with Lotrimin ultra cream and poured baking soda on my feet and toes. I soaked my feet twice a day and did the cream and baking soda routine, and my condition was cleared up in four days. I would suggest continuing the process for two weeks and periodically after that. Creams and sprays by themselves did nothing, but the vinegar and water sure did the trick.
Vagisil, the overnight cream. I've been battling athlete's foot since i was about 8 or 9 (am now 27) and just could not get rid of it. This year I even took the perscription pills and it came right back. I put the vagisil cream on my feet as a last resort because NOTHING else I tried worked, and the next day there was a very noticable difference. A few days later my feet were looking healthy and felt great!
Urine and fecal matter contain uric acid which kills the fungus that causes athlete's foot.
I was bothered by athlete's feet for years - the cycle was itching, burning and cracked skin between the two small toes on both feet, apply antifungal creme - three weeks later start again. Then I discovered the secret: stop washing between the toes! It must be the abrasive action of the washcloth that strips away outer skin cells reducing the skin's natural barrier to the fungus. Simply spread you toes and swish or rinse in the bath or shower - and of course the spaces between your toes should be thoroughly dry.
I finally called my doctor after trying many of the over-the-counter cures. He suggested Vicks Vapa Rub. He explained that it is an anti fungal and to wash feet prior to use and rub in throughly.
I have been using it for a couple weeks and see improvement. It apparently doesn't work right away but is better than many of the other products I have tried.