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Experimenting with a military recommendation for preventing athlete’s foot led one reader to conclude that it is also an effective remedy for toenail fungus. Still, it is a bit controversial, probably because of the ick factor. Should you pee on your feet to get rid of fungus?

Finding a Remedy for Toenail Fungus:

Q. As a kid and into adulthood, I was susceptible to athlete’s foot. I finally got rid of it with advice from a WWII vet I knew. He said that in the Navy, the men were advised to pee on their feet while showering.

I did this off and on for a few months and haven’t had a recurrence of athlete’s foot since then. (It’s been about 30 years.) However, within the past few years I contracted the dreaded toenail fungus.

I went back to the old Navy advice, but am doing it one better. I save up about a liter of urine and pour it into a plastic container that is the right size. While showering, I simply soak one foot and then the other while shampooing and washing my body. Then I wash my feet. The nail fungus cleared up in weeks, but I still do the treatment about once a week just to make sure it doesn’t come back.

Urine as a Remedy for Toenail Fungus:

A. You are not the first person to try out this bit of military lore. Urine contains urea, which is used at high concentrations to remove fungus-infected toenails (Dermatology, online, May, 2013).  The concentration of urea in urine is far weaker, but we have heard similar stories from other readers. People shouldn’t expect it to work so quickly, though. It may take months of foot soaks to get rid of nail fungus.

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  1. Kent

    I read in a magazine that urine would instantly cure blisters. A year or 2 later I had blisters so bad I could hardly walk, and I had a major track meet that evening. Desperate, I tried it. It was a miracle cure.

  2. Paul

    We receive literature about laser treatments. Do they work on toenail fungus?

  3. Gerry

    Urea is still added to many salves and medications for various treatments; it has been used for a number of things that are not medicinal as well, such as part of the process of felting wool when it was done by hand many years ago. Also I have recently noted that urea is an ingredient in a bug repellent. (Not using it myself but rather natural oils like peppermint and lavender for this, I hasten to add.:) I’ve heard this about urine in the shower too and it seems like an easy natural way to get rid of nail fungus.

    • Debbie P.
      St Louis

      I had laser treats for toenail that fungus seemed to help at first. Then it stopped. Insurance wouldn’t pay for it, so it was very expensive.

  4. Carla
    NE Ohio

    Is there a ready, inexpensive source of urea other than our urine, if we prefer to purchase something that is higher strength, and that doesn’t require us to save up and bathe our feet in our urine?

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