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Remedies For Getting Rid Of Athlete’s Foot

Remedies For Getting Rid Of Athlete’s Foot
Foot bath at a day spa in a bowl feet soak

Q. Do you know of a home remedy for athlete’s foot? I have had a fungus between the fourth and fifth toe for quite a while.

I was using Lamisil AT but it does not work well for me. The doctor also gave me clotrimazole and it too is not clearing the fungus. I am serving in Iraq and would like to try something that will give me results instead of wasting my time.

A. Readers have suggested a number of home remedies. Soaking the feet for 20 minutes a day in a foot bath with one part vinegar and two parts water is one. Adding original formula Listerine to this foot bath may also help. The herbal oils thymol and eucalyptol in Listerine have antifungal activity.

Another approach is to put Vicks VapoRub on the affected area. This product also contains thymol and eucalyptol, along with other herbal oils that appear to fight fungus on skin and nails.

We’re told that urinating on your feet in the shower is an old military trick against athlete’s foot and foot odor.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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