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I am looking for a cheap way to eliminate athlete's foot and keep my feet dry. I work in a moist work place and need some sort of drying agent for my feet. If anyone has some inexpensive home remedies please let me know.
One of the best remedies for athlete's foot is tea tree oil. It gets rid of and helps prevent athlete's foot. Just put a bit on your finger and put on the affected parts of the foot. I was living in South East Asia for a few months in the wet season and every time I got my feet wet when it rained, I had a huge problem with tinea (athlete's foot). A bit of tea tree oil fixed it every time. Some people find it stings. If it does, just dilute it with any other oil e.g. vegetable oil.
Winnie in Australia
I have found that applying vinegar (white distilled vinegar 5% acetic acid from the grocery store) to the affected areas of your feet will help keep athlete's foot at bay. Just saturate a cotton ball and rub down your feet. You have to keep up with it for a few weeks even after symptoms disappear because fungus will come back quickly. Do this morning and at night.
Another alternative for athlete's foot is to soak your feet in 1/2 cup vinegar, 2 T of salt, and enough warm water to cover your feet. Both of these methods are dirt cheap and as effective if not more so than the expensive creams and powders at the store/pharmacy.
I found that the best way to get rid of any type of moisture is with good old fashioned "corn starch." The corn starch seems to absorb moisture from any type of wetness, including sweat. It really does work, just apply with a brush or pour into your shoes like powder.
If you dissolve about 5 aspirin in 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol and rub over your feet after showering/bathing , the aspirin will soak into the skin due to the alcohol mixture. This will kill fungus that causes odor and dry up athlete's foot problem. You will see the difference, and notice there is no foot odor right away. Do this before putting on your shoes in the morning and after taking them off each evening.
When I was in high-school (35 years ago!) I read an article about a young lady who did a research project for a science fair on treatment for athlete's foot. She determined that the most effective, and inexpensive, treatment was to regularly apply regular underarm antiperspirant to the feet, especially between the toes. Prior to reading that I had struggled with athlete's foot that I picked up regularly in the school locker room. After I started putting my regular stick antiperspirant/deodorant on my toes, and rubbing it in between my toes, I have not had an athlete's foot problem in 35 years.
First, some people are a lot more susceptible to fungal infections than others, and it's not related to bad hygiene. I get athlete's foot every time I travel from stepping into hotel showers I think. Here's a cure for athlete's foot that was commonly used back in the 1950s. It's effective and inexpensive.
Each evening for several nights, soak your feet for 10-15 minutes in a very warm foot bath to which you have added about 1/4 cup of Clorox or a similar chlorine laundry bleach). The warm should be as warm as you can tolerate. If your skin is sensitive to the chemicals in the bleach, rinse your feet off afterwards and then towel off. If you don't have any unusual skin sensitivity, you should simply towel off without the rinse, (be sure to use a white towel so the bleach doesn't spot it) which does make the remedy more effective. Your feet will smell a little of bleach, similar to when you towel off after a swim in pool water treated with chlorine bleach. If you use this remedy at the first signs of infection, it will very quickly eliminate the problem.
My son has had athlete's foot since he was 5-years-old. He is now 25. There is no cure but the following have worked for us for control.
The cheapest and most effective way to prevent athlete's foot is Bicarbonate of soda, sprinkle a little between your toes before you put your socks and shoes on. Also make sure your socks are 100% cotton to help the skin breath.
Samantha in Manchester U.K.
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