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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