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Killer Athlete's Foot Cure
EngineerGuy posted:
If you have athlete's foot, gently wash the affected area. I usually got it between my toes.

Use a hair dryer on warm, to dry the foot for 60 seconds (that's a long time, seems like ! ) Use warm, not hot. We're not trying to cook the foot, but dry it thoroughly. Gently separate the toes, if necessary, to get the warm air onto the athlete's foot. Don't pry the toes apart, as that could injure skin that might be weakened by athlete's foot.

Then apply your favorite athlete's foot cream.

The athlete's foot is usually cured on one treatment. If there is a hole in the skin, it takes a while for the skin to heal.

Alternate cure:

Soak the area in vinegar (from the supermarket) for 5 minutes. You can use a paper towel wetted with vinegar and rolled up and placed between the toes. Or, just put vinegar in a bowl and soak. DO A TEST FIRST, with a small area. 5 minutes with straight vinegar was fine for me.

Then rinse and dry with the hair dryer on warm. Apply your favorite cream.

Other factors:

I could get raging athlete's foot in one night, if I folded the blankets on my bed, at the foot of the bed (in case I got cold during the night). My feet were covered more than the rest of my body, and the feet would sweat and get athlete's foot.

Ultimate cure:

I found that I was eating too much salt. My body was sweating to get rid of the excess salt. The excess salt was in sourdough bread that I would eat. When I cut out all salty foods, namely sourdough bread in my case, I would sweat less, and rarely get athlete's foot any more.

Hope this helps.

Best regards, EngineerGuy
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xring responded:
After going through the other products for weeks - (Lotrimin, Micatin, Tinactin, etc) I found one product that worked in a few days: "Fungi Cure." It did leave rough skin on the area just behind the toes, it sure gets rid of athlete's foot fast!

The bottle says it's 25% "Undecylenic Acid."
Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see. - John Lennon -
EngineerGuy replied to xring's response:
Hi Xring,

Thanks for the tip.

Best regards, EngineerGuy
dtms1 replied to EngineerGuy's response:
I may be watching too much tv but Dr. Becker on the show Your Health said to use Vick's Vapo Rub for athlete's foot. But he said not to use it if there is a cut on the toe or foot.

EngineerGuy replied to dtms1's response:
Hi Dolores,

Vick's Vapo Rub. Fascinating !! :-)

Best regards, EngineerGuy
AttyWSW replied to EngineerGuy's response:
I hope you guys are right because I've had A.F. on my right foot for years. Tried powders, creams, vinegar. Can never seems to get rid of it completely. I'm going to try the blow dryer then cream. Then I'll try the blower/vinegar/cream. Then I'll try Vapor Rub. I even tried bleach water once and it didn't kill it.
xring replied to AttyWSW's response:
Isn't that weird how that happens on one foot? I've only had it on my right foot too. I've never been able to figure that out. I'm sure I've stepped in the same stuff with my left foot.

BTW, that "Fungi Cure" seems to work permanently. I stopped using it several weeks ago & no sign of Athlete's Foot so far.
Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see. - John Lennon -
rubystar2 replied to AttyWSW's response:
AttyWSW, also, be sure to wear cotton socks and change them often. That seems to help, too.
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EngineerGuy replied to AttyWSW's response:
Hi AttyWSW,

I can get a raging case of athlete's foot in one night, by leaving blankets at the foot of the bed, in case I get cold during the night. The feet are covered more than the rest of the body, and the feet sweat. So, make sure your feet are not covered more than the rest of the body.

Hope that helps.

Different fungi are different. Some are killed by dryness, and others scoff at dryness. Some don't like heat, and some thrive with heat.

Best regards, EngineerGuy

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