Apple Cider Vinegar and Athlete’s Foot

Tinea pedis is commonly known athlete’s foot. Even if you do not actively participate in sports, you can catch athlete’s foot especially if you have sweaty feet and wear tight shoes, Normally starting between the toes, this fungal infection can easily spread. “Signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot include a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning” ( In a majority of cases of athlete’s foot, the skin becomes raw and cracked.

It can easily be spread to other people if you walk around barefoot on the floor, by sharing towels and other clothes. The infection can even spread to other parts of your body. There are many over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays at your local pharmacy that you can buy. However, a cheaper alternative is to purchase a bottle of apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar contains anti-fungal properties. Therefore applying it directly to your feet with a cotton ball not only assists in destroying the fungus, the acetic acid of apple cider vinegar helps relive the itching.

To make a foot bath, fill a foot bath with one cup of warm water and a half a cup with apple cider vinegar. {You can purchase these foot baths at many pharmacies; however, you can use a bowl if you are in a hurry. It is best not to use the bowl for food and throw it out when you are finished treating your athlete’s foot.) Soak your feet for twenty minutes, two times a day.

After a few days you will notice that your feet do not itch as much and may even be gone. Keep treating your feet for at least a week when you notice the symptoms are gone. This is to make sure that the fungus has actually been destroyed.

If your athlete’s foot does not clear up or if the symptoms worsen, see you doctor.


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