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After reading through the remedies on this site, I soaked my foot twice per day in a mixture of salt (two tablespoons) white vinegar (one-half cup) plus enough hot water to cover my foot. Then I dried my foot thoroughly and used an OTC medication and baking soda or powder. The soaking got rid of the pain and itching and the OTC med got me on the road to healing. But some last lingering cracked spots just would not clear up, and I was worried about reinfection. I put some lip balm on those spots (Kiehl's Lip Balm #1) and they disappeared.

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I just had to add my two cents I have seen some really bizarre home remedies on this forum, but you're so right about 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. I just happen to read about the vinegar cure online which recommended soaking feet in a small amount of vinegar added to warm water.

Being the extremist that I am, I actually put some undiluted vinegar in a smallish spray bottle and THOROUGHLY sprayed my feet 2- 3 times daily. It was Summer and I was usually in flip flops or open sandals. It was quite cooling and the itching stopped immediately. I did this for about 3 weeks. But what I finally figured out, which only two of the 71 respondents on this forum kinda mentioned, is that : YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST TREAT YOUR SHOES AND HOSIERY TOO so that you don't re-contaminate your feet. Funny they don't tell you that on all those tubes of Dessenex, Tinactin and Lotrimin we'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 bare foot on a beach.

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