Let’s continue our quest to find the best solution to athlete’s foot, or foot fungus.
The Conventional Solution
First, with regard to the mushrooms between the toes, I took the powder that advised my regular doctor (read ‘non-naturopath’) – a little chemical (according to the smell ) but very effective. I have been scratching a lot less since then. Only cavea: I have to use it every day or almost, otherwise it comes back. It’s made from Zinc Undecylenate (I made 3 typing errors just to write this word.)
Before taking this more conventional path, I had tried with tapioca starch powder. I had read that it could dry between the toes and thus reduce the presence of fungi. Hmmm… in my case anyway, I got some bleeding down there…
Then, to cure damaged nails, conventional medicine offers me tablets to take over a period of about a year and a half, no less. They are not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women. In addition, if you have liver or heart problems, these tablets can cause heart and liver failure. No thanks, even though I’m healthy, I think I’ll pass. You take them and let me know.
The Naturo-Practical Solution
So I turned to my local naturopath, a kind fellow who had helped me at the time with stress management. Now, my only cause of stress is these fungi. For this, he recommends that I stop sugar and chocolate (it’s not fair) and take dietary supplements. The list is long like my arm (or my foot.)
- takes 2 glasses of water and lemon per day
- drink about 15 glasses of water per day (it’s now summer in a very hot country)
- take probiotic supplements
- Take some B6
- Other stuff I don’t even know what it is
- Essential oil (hmmm, loves the smell)
I ask him sheepishly to reduce the list to a minimum but he assures me that this is the treatment! No more, no less.
Other Original Options
Before that, I also tried to put Vicks Vaporub on the toes and heel. I read it could help. For several days, I apply the cream made from camphor, menthol and eucalyptus. A very practical combination for killing bacteria. My son loves it.
Options I have not tried yet include:
- Vinegar baths with antifungal properties. If we soak our feet 10-15 minutes a day in a bath of vinegar, eventually the infection can leave. It can take two to three weeks (or more) to see an improvement in symptoms. Alternatively, apple cider vinegar (raw) can be used in hot water in equal proportion. After, of course, you have to dry your toes well.
- A dough based on baking soda and water, to put on the toes. You can also bathe with baking soda and soak your feet.
- Brush under the nails with hydrogen peroxide to kill the fungus. Or as a bath: mix a quart of hydrogen peroxide with a gallon of warm, clean water. Soak 20-30 minutes. per day 2x / day.
- Finally (not really, the list is long …) garlic or a hair dryer with talcum powder.
What he understood, my naturopath, is that mushrooms are also in my digestive system. So it’s a bit useless to put all these oils, creams and powders on the toes if inside the same problem persists. And it’s the beauty of all alternative medicines, which complement traditional medicine, to allow a complete cure.