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I had a case of athlete's foot that lasted for the better part of a year. I tried over the counter Lamisil for a month with no improvement. I went to my doctor and was prescribed Itraconazole capsules and a Ketoconazole topical cream for 2 months and saw no improvement. I was at a point where I thought this is just something I would have to deal with for the rest of my life. A friend at work suggested that I try using potassium permanganate. I was able to get my hands on a 500g bottle. I filled a plastic dish wash tub with water until it covered my feet (the infection was on top of my feet). Then, I added 2 heaping plastic spoonfuls of potassium permanganate powder and stirred it until it was dissolved (3 spoonfuls would irritate my skin). I soaked my feet every evening for a half hour until I used up the entire bottle. After soaking I would just pat my feet dry with a towel and put on socks to keep from making a mess around the house. Within 3 days I noticed real improvement and after 2 weeks the infection was completely gone. This was 2 years ago and the infection has never returned. This treatment will stain your skin brown for a few weeks and your toenails will be stained black until they grow out, but it's a small price to pay to get rid of this problem. I got my potassium permanganate from Sigma chemical company, but I also believe that you can get it at plumbing stores as it is used for removing iron from water.

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Thanks for the mention of potassium permanganate. My dad used to put them in our bath water when we were little. It makes the water purple and we thought it was fun, but my dad knew better of its cleansing properties. I will be getting some for my husband to use on his Feet, Athlete's Foot. It's so irritating when he does not seem to care to do anything to it. I am FED UP!!!


For safety, don't mix it with anything but water. From Wikipedia...Solid KMnO4 is a strong oxidizer and thus should be kept separated from oxidizable substances. Reaction with concentrated sulfuric acid produces the highly explosive manganese(VII) oxide (Mn2O7). When solid KMnO4 is mixed with pure glycerol or other simple alcohols it will result in a violent combustion reaction.

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