Ok, I just want to make sure that all of you who are treating AF know for certain that AF is actually what you have. I was treating it, and it turned out that mine was actually dry skin. The 'treatments' were making it worse. I suggest going to a doctor to get diagnosed before doing anything to it. Those of you who had luck with the body butter, probably had dry skin, not AF. My doctor gave me a steroids cream, which if I had AF would have made it worse, and a motion/moistuizer called aquaphor and told me not to use soaps, to use cleansers on my feet. I felt better instantly and cleared up with in a week.
I agree with many of the remedies for Athlete's Foot, especially Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil. No question they will work, as do some of the OTC remedies. The real trick is keeping it gone...forever. Here is my story and I am sticking to it:I am a fairly active 44 year old male. I have suffered with stinky shoes and AF since I was 9 years old and this method I figured out really worked for me. I am so thrilled you have no idea! About 4 months ago, I had a very bad case of AF and decided to do some online research into the causes of AF. As it turns out, I have what is called hyperhydrosis, or excessive sweating of the feet and have since I was a child. Because of this, all shoes I wore smelled badly, socks were sticking to my feet from the sores and skin was badly damaged...to the point where it hurt to walk. My solution, Gold Bond Powder for feet for 10 days on both my feet and in my socks 'AFTER' applying Maxim Anti-perspirant roll on first(right out of the shower.) Yes, for real! In 2 weeks, all signs of AF gone. 1 month, most dead skin gone. After 2 months... Let's put it this way. No shoes I wear smell like anything but leather or sneakers. My feet are so soft, healthly looking and clear, that they remind me of how they were when I was a child. In fact, my 8 year old daughter said my 'new' feet look almost like hers. I have had NO, ZERO, ZIP recurrance of AF after 4 months. Yes, Maxim is not cheap, but you can get it on Amazon.
My proceedure is to shower and wash my feet, roll on the maxim afterwards and let them dry... That is it. Doesn't matter if I am wearing work shoes, dress shoes, tennis shoes or flip flops, no socks, with socks, etc. BTW, Yes, I use to have to throw away flip-flops because my feet made them smell so bad. My wife and daughter are litterally stunned with this transformation. No stinking of anything. And, in closing, it makes absolute sense. The sweat and heat make a perfect environment for AF. By rubbing the Maxim into my feet and between the toes, the Aluminum Chloride severely hampers the sweat from those regions. Please understand I don't do the whole foot, only areas that were prone to AF (Not whole foot). Also, once your feet clear up, you don't have to apply Maxim every day. Every third day seems to work just fine for me now. It is awesome to finally be rid of this health issue and huge embarrasment and yes, it was hugely embarrasing to me to have to take off my shoes in public and smell them from 10 feet away. I love my new feet! Try it and see if it works for you, too, and best of luck.
I want to sincerely thank everyone who posted!! I tried the ACV and it worked!! I had horrible athletes foot on toes, as well as on the sides and bottom of my feet. The doctor told me to treat with Lotrimin for 2 weeks, it did nothing! I went back and the dr told me to use Lamisil, again nothing. finally the dr gave me a script for terbinafine which has MANY side effects including liver damage. After reading suggestions on this site I soaked my feet for 1 hr in 100% ACV everynight for 2 wks. I started seeing results immediately, however it tooks 2 weeks to be gone. I was left with patches of dry skin on my toes. I saw posts regarding coconut oil and I went to the health store. I purchased Tea Tree Oil Lotion and I have been applying in the morning and evening for a few days. My feet are back to normal and softer than they have ever been. THANK YOU everyone for your posts!! If there is a natural option to cure or prevent an ailment I am doing it from now on!
I have tried all of these remedies. They did not kill it but helped to control it. I am having success with monist at 1. Use only the stuff in the long vial. That's the strong medicine called tioconazole. Also I soak my feet in water with acv, tea tree oil and a bit of Epsom salt. Daily exfoliating with a handful of salt and liquid soap. Scrub all the knocks and crannies. I take a swig of ACV . Yes I swallow it on an empty stomach. I started taking strong probiotic a that require refrigeration and have eliminated sugar. I will follow this regimine for at least a year to make sure I killed it. Also extra long women's pantiliners in each shoe daily. I wear flip flops, a newly washed pair daily. I leave my woes out in the sun.
Get some anti bacterial liquid hand soap or dish soap. rub generously over feet & between toes. leave it on. do not rinse. it will dry on skin. . Put socks on & go to bed or work. by morning or end of day problem GONE!! reapply if it ever comes back in months. simple effective cure.
Military & natural cure for athletes foot... urine! Instantly cures. Urine is sterile when first passed, highly acidic which kills AF on contact.
Thank You God for Apple Cider Vinegar!
Cheap, Safe, Simple, All natural and it works.
Soak (50/50 ACV- water) or a good heavy spraying at least 2x a day.
To keep Athletes foot away be sure to use vinegar or disinfectant in all of your shoes, socks, shower stalls, and that place on the carpet in front of the recliner where you rub itchy feet.
Silver Gel twice a day for 2 days worked for me.
Put a few caps of bleach in a small tub of water every night before bed. Give it a week or so and no more itchy feet I swear by it!!!!! Easy and won't cost you a dime if you already have clorox in your home.
Also, make sure to put powder on the feet before putting on shoes, this will stop it from coming back.
I've had athlete's foot for almost a year now. I tried the OTC stuff but it didnt work. The skin on some of my toes was raw and I have an extremely low pain tolerance so there was NO WAY I was going to stick my feet in vinegar or bleach, it just wasn't gonna happen. Ask your doctor to prescribe you mometasone furoate cream USP, .1% and ketoconazole cream 2%. Mix them together and thoroughly apply to your feet 2 or 3 times a day. I know this isn't natural but it works. I put it on the first night and I woke up the next morning, and it way A LOT better.