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Home remedy test for raw itchy feet: What really works?

No one likes itchy feet. Below is what worked for me.

Get checked by a doctor to rule out the more serious options if you can’t get relief from treating the itch as a foot fungus. Here are a few things to try for relief, and what worked for me at different times.

11/2019: In October and November of 2019 I had an itchy spot on the inside of my right ankle that lasted for weeks. I tried many things but anti-fungal lotion with Tolnaftate did not work and benadryl made it even worse long term. Best to stop the itch was Calamine Plus (from CVS pharmacy) and to get rid of the fungus was Lotrimin spray (miconazole nitrate).

4/19/2011: My dreaded foot itch is back.€  I’ve used Lamisil, terbinafine hydrochloride 1% for a week and while it provides some relief, the itch over all seems to slowly spread. Thumbs down. Going for the Miconazole nitrate 2% and hydrogen peroxide treatment.

10/19/2009: Miconazole nitrate 2% worked best for me long term and sitting for 5 minutes with a paste made of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda on the itchy area provided instant relief as did soaking in Hydrogen Peroxide, 3%. Total cure took about 2 weeks but was much improved after the first four€  days of treatment.

9/1/2009: Day 11 of itchy feet. Added Miconazole nitrate 2% to my twice daily attack. Also using Tolnaftate 1% twice daily. Starting to get results. Got perscribed Fluocinonide USP 0.05%, but since over use can cause your skin to become thin and die, I’m not going to use it.

ORIGINAL Post: I must have picked up some kind of foot fungus… but I can’t see it. My feet look normal, but they itch like hell. I asked pharmacist what would be best three days ago. He said “Lamisil” (active ingredient = Terbinafine Hydrochloride 1% – anti fungal).€  So I tried it. It got better at first… then worse! Perhaps the three times a day I tried to use it was too much, since it says use once per day for a week, but the itch was just too bad so I had to try using it more often.€ It does say “Stop and ask a doctor if too much irritation occurs or gets worse.” I’m checking with my doc tomorrow… but meanwhile…

Tonight I was just about to go completely freaking nuts, and the itch was spreading the more I scratched.. when I found a Yahoo! Answers page with some foot itch remedies.

The first thing I tried is baking soda. I grabbed a styrofoam ice chest, filled it foot high with water and dumped a huge amount of baking powder in there.

So, as I type this, my feet are soaking in baking soda water.€  10 minutes so far, no itch! Fantastic. After taking them out and drying them off, the itch starts to return, so I make more Baking Soda water, this time with added sea salt.

Here are all of the tips from “Go Green”:

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Add baking soda into a bit of water. Make it into a past and rub it on the affected area and between your toes. Let it sit for five minutes, then rinse, clean and dry. Repeat this process daily until your foot condition is gone.

Results:€  ***** Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Instant relief!


Clorox. Make a solution of one-half up of Clorox bleach and a gallon of water. Then, soak your feet in it for fifteen minutes twice a day until your athlete’s foot disappears. According to people who swear by this remedy, the chlorine bleach kills the fungi related to this condition.

(Not tested, don’t want the fumes)


ConAir Pro Style 1600 Hairdryer. One reason why you may be getting athlete’s foot is due to excess moisture in between your toes. So, before putting on your socks and shoes in the morning, make sure your feet are completely dry by holding a hair dryer a few inches from your toes.

Results: ** Mild itch while drying. Okay 1 min after. 2 min later, some irritation.


Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap. Soap up your feet with this product, dry them and then apply a dash of the soap as lotion to your feet. Make this part of your daily routine in order to eliminate athlete’s foot.

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Heinz White Vinegar. For ten minutes, soak your feet in this product. You should do this up to four times daily for several weeks. The vinegar is acidic and will kill the bacteria and fungi on your feet, thus, eradicating your problem.

* This was the most painful for me.


Kingsford ‘s Corn Starch. Sprinkle this cornstarch onto your feet and into your shoes to absorb moisture and reduce friction.

* Soaking in it was nice.€  Powder on wet feet wasn’t very soothing.


Listerine. This remedy is only for users who aren’t afraid of a little pain. If you wash your foot with Listerine it acts like an antiseptic killing your foot fungus. However, it will sting and burn in the process. So beware.

Results: ***€  No great relief, but not painful at all. Used Advanced Listerine Arctic mint. Poured directly on feet. Then soaked in diluted Listerine for 5 minutes.


Morton Salt. Dissolve eight teaspoons of salt into one quart of warm water. Afterward, soak your feet in it for five to ten minutes daily until your problem disappears. The salt will attack the fungi on your feet.

Results: ** (added sea salt to baking soda water, makes a little itchy. **** Dead sea mineral bath salts and hydrogen peroxide, not bad.€  )


Preparation-H. Coat your feet with a fine layer of this product in order to sooth itchy toes.

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My addition:

Hydrogen Peroxide, 3%.

Results: *****€  Aaaaah! Very nice. Cool. Refreshing.€  Zero pain. Zero itch!

Next day: Itch gone all day, but returns in the evening about 7 PM. Purchased some cheaper anti-fungus spray. Bad choice. Makes the itch worse. Back to Baking Soda and some new ingredients from the store: corn starch and white vinegar.


I now have some of the most sterile feet on the planet. Plus, I found a use for some very old bottles of Hydrogen Peroxide and Listerine and for that Baking Soda that has been sitting in my freezer soaking up odors for over a year.

Some advice from medicinenet.com:

Powders, especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole or tolnaftate), can help keep your feet dry. Finally, your feet can be soaked in a drying solution of aluminum acetate (Burrow’s solution or Domeboro’s solution). A homemade remedy of dilute white vinegar soaks using one part vinegar and roughly four parts water, once or twice a day as 10-minute foot soaks may aid in treatment.

The second part of treatment is the use of antifungal creams and washes. Many medications are available, including miconazole, clotrimazole, terbinafine (Lamisil) sprays and creams, and ketoconazole shampoo and cream, etc. Ask your health-care professional or pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment for athlete’s foot should generally be continued for four weeks, or at least one week after all of the skin symptoms have cleared.

More advanced or resistant cases of athlete’s foot may require a two- to three-week course of an oral (pill) antifungal like terbinafine, itraconazole (Sporanox), or fluconazole (Diflucan). Laboratory blood tests to make sure there is no liver disease may be required before taking these pills.

Topical corticosteroid creams can act as a fertilizer for fungus and may actually worsen fungal skin infections. These topical steroid medications have no role in treating athlete’s foot.

 

Here are a few things that are not fugal which can also cause itchy feet: Atopic dermatitis, Psoriasis, bug bites, dry skin, microscopic mites, allergic contact dermatitis, liver or kidney disease, an underactive thyroid gland, pruritus gravidarum (in pregnant women), diabetes, Liver or pancreatic cancer, Leukemia, lymphoma, and skin cancer, but don’t worry, the most likely cause of itchy feet is a simple fungal infection.

Keep your feet warm and dry, take off your socks and shoes as often as you can if you are in a warm and dry environment.

Good luck with your feet. If you find something that worked for you that is not listed here, please let us know in a comment.

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Mamaboocee
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Mamaboocee

After every shower I put 40% zinc cream (aka diaper rash cream) on my feet. No more smelly feet, no more itchy feet. Sometimes I use Lamisil defense, too. Make sure your feet are dry before you apply. Budreau’s butt paste for babies work the best and does not smell fishy. Any drug store baby diaper rash cream will work as long as it has zinc oxide (the higher the percentage the better.

Barbara
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Barbara

I have athletes foot and ringworm. Nothing works on ringworm. I have tried natural remedies for my athletes foot
coconut oil apple cider vinegar. I haven’t tried Lamisol because I am sensitive to all meds and can’t take oral meds because my immune system compromised. Any ideas how to rid myself of either. My feet burn and itch all night. I don’t c want to try fungus creams on feet yet. Thanks

JessItchyFoot
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JessItchyFoot

Thank god there are like minded crazy people out there. Thank you for these posts. As we speak I have my right foot soaked in vinegar kitchen towel and in a sandwich bag (with sick over the top!). Instant relief! I honestly wanted to hack my foot off with a kitchen knife because the itch was getting to me so badly. I have gone through various athletes foot creams (even though there is no visual evidence of any fungal infection) but they only provide a bit of relief during the day. By 7pm my foot was so bad that I… Read more »

Wendy
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Wendy

Thanks for the tip about Vaporub/Dencorub, instant relief last night thank goodness.

Sherry
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Sherry

My husband is having this problem, itching until raw! Wakes him in the night! It’s driving him out of his mind! So the vinegar being mentioned, is it apple cider vinegar or the white vinegar??? You say 3 applications over 2 weeks to a month. Is that 3 times a day for a week or a month? I’m confused, trying not to get help for him! He has been to dermatologist for creams, no help! Can you be more specific about the use of the vinegar (what kind) and how often? Ty very much!!!

karen
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karen

Hi I just got the same itchy feet problem so I’m washing t hem down with water drying them an putting
COMFREY CREAM rub that in then let the fan blow on them.
If you have one it’s working but I defo need more permanent solution.

Mary j
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Mary j

For 8 yrs, I’ve used super hot water from the faucet. Put it in a container, dip the affected foot area in it, for a split second, 2-4 times, then the Itch is gone, til days or weeks later, when it returns, then I repeat the process. Also, scraping affected area with a sharp edge instrument for a few seconds brings almost instant, lasting relief, usually for days.

Liliana
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Liliana

Hi Bonnie. My problem started on Sunday night. On Sunday morning I took my daugther to a place to see animals, there was grass and lamb poop all over and I was wearing open shoes. I don’t know if this is the cause of the problem but I can’t think of anything different that I have done. I’m also pregnant two months. Both of my feet itch but mostly at night and the itch is unbereable, I actually went to the ER, I’m getting not sleep at all, I have now taken three different allergy pills but none have worked.… Read more »

kodeek
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kodeek

I see that “athletes foot” is used in this subject. What if it’s ezema, or just severve itcgy feet etc, and not athlets feet, cause I do not have athlets foot, and they itch so bad, when I stop scratching they BURN and hurt to the point of tears and i’m so tired from no sleep, so what if it’s not, the term being used here athlets foot! What if it’s just itchy/something else making them itch?

Bonnie
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Bonnie

My ankles itch extremely bad after I have walked through grass with sandals on. I have had this problem all my life and am certain it is caused from something in the grass. If I wear shoes I never have itching ankles. Almost 100% of the time when I wear sandals in grass my ankles itch severely for days. Sometimes I would take sandpaper to scratch the itch and tear the heck up out of my skin but the itch was still there! My solution for stopping the itch: Use heat on the areas that are itching. Either hot water… Read more »

Bettye
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Bettye

for the past few weeks, I have experienced extreme itching on my right foot between the ankle and heel. It only happens at night when I get in bed. It was so itchy last night I was unable to get to sleep for hours. There is no rash but the entire area is reddish and feels lumpy. When I went to get a Peddie today, I could hardly put my foot in the water. It was so painful and it did itch!!!! I will try the baking soda and vinegar paste tonight!!

Paul Bastiaens
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Paul Bastiaens

I found that wool caused itchy feet and only wear socks and other clothing that contains no wool!!! Another thing I came across was that we changed our washing powder about 7 or 8 months ago, last December my feet started to itch and I tried all sorts of medication for athletes foot to no avail, tried numerous concoctions of lotions and potions like witch hazel, vinegar, baking soda, salt tea tree cream, etc. etc. none gave me more then a few hours of relieve, until I had a brain storm and remembered that many years ago my sister was… Read more »

David M. Vitko
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David M. Vitko

If your hands and feet look great, with no apparent pustules, rashes, or other obvious issues, but they itch to high heaven, consider nutritional deficiency. B vitamins in particular are known to be associated with hands and feet itching. I fasted for 3 weeks this year and have been eating a fairly strict vegetarian diet since then. My hands and feet started itching a week ago. I am in otherwise great health. Hot water soaks for 10 minutes would relieve the itching for several hours. I finally got around to trying a good B complex vitamin supplement with almost miraculous… Read more »

Gaye
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Gaye

Hello I’ve been suffering from itchy heels for over 20 years now. Finally after many Doctor’s visits, pharmaceutical consults and online research saying that there’s nothing that can consistently be done to alleviate the symptoms, I turned to my cosmetic science studies background to try and come up with my own solution. I am happy to report that I believe that I’ve attained success. At least for my itchy heels. I am willing to offer anyone who lives in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada the opportunity to find this same type of relief by using my method. If you live in… Read more »

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listerinefootsoak

Hi all , I have been suffering itchy feet for about 3 years and it’s bee driving me crazy . My wife went to her podiatrist and mentioned this to her and he suggested soaking them in salt water for about 10 minutes then rubbing a small amount of vicks vapour rub on them . I was a bit sceptical about using vicks on my feet but I had instant relief and had the best nights sleep . http://www.listerinefootsoak.com/foot-soaks/listerine-foot-soak-recipes/

Jess
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Jess

I use white spirit, or turps, and it’s the onlt thing that properly relieves the itching. My dr told me it’s not good for in the longterm as it dries my foot out more…… but in the short term, whilst I find another effective treatment, it’s heaven!

Dave C
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Dave C

Hi all , I have been suffering itchy feet for about 3 years and it’s bee driving me crazy . My wife went to her podiatrist and mentioned this to her and he suggested soaking them in salt water for about 10 minutes then rubbing a small amount of vicks vapour rub on them . I was a bit sceptical about using vicks on my feet but I had instant relief and had the best nights sleep .

EJ
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EJ

I’ve been going through the same with my little toe the top side had what seemed to be a bee sting and developed into what looked like a small tiny blister, I thought it was a reaction to a sweat bee. It cleaned out like a pimple would,mbut the itching continues, nearly a year now. I’ve used the peroxide, straight bleach dabbed with a-tips, baking soda, vinegar most of the above methods for relief mentioned, but the itch comes back. I even took my glue hot glue gun and dabbed a pearl of hot glue on it (desperate measures). Well… Read more »

Sophia
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Sophia

Hi everyone! The horrible itch has striked my feet too, out of nowhere. I went totally mental from it, especially at night, after my feet got warm in the shoes and just here and there… no signs of fungal infection or anything, just a bit red but mostly itching!!! couldn’t sleep or function as a proper human… Now, after 5 days or so, it seems to be gone (knock on wood!). Here’s what worked for me, not sure if it’s the combination or just the lotion: A subscribed lotion from the doctor containing active materials: Diflucortolone Valerate 0.1 % ;… Read more »

j
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j

My anti fungal powder is applied during day, cream overnight. Miconazole Nitrate 2%.

j
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j

Thanks for this post. Ultimately I think, 15 min foot spas of hot water, bleach (white king), apple cider vinegar and baking soda every 8 hours killed it (I only did this 3 times). I have used anti fungal powder to prevention reoccurrence and morning rinses of bleach. The bleach hurt initially but it stopped the itch.

jjaazzy
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jjaazzy

Finding this thread saved my sanity. I went to the Dr. with this itchy problem and they just looked at me…they didn’t know what to do but then I found this thread and oh what a relief…… I had to do a couple of treatments but I am happy to report that the problem has been gone almost a year now. So weird anyone know what it is that we got? For those that tried and it didn’t work you have to use a stock pot something big and dump the baking soda in there a bunch of it maybe… Read more »

jvdsporthorse
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jvdsporthorse

I’m not 100% sure, but it might be a potassium deficiency… since relieving the itch with Witch Hazel, I then started to take Potassium as the diet I’m on says to take Potassium supplements and I didn’t know that until 3 weeks into the diet- now, no more itch…

Tosh
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Tosh

I have the same problem.It is horrible.I have it mainly on and around my toes and the bottom of my feet.when it starts around the toes I put bandaids on each toe as tight as possible.for some reason it seems to relieve it enough so I can get some sleep but it is very annoying and will not permanently go away.

PG Wherever
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PG Wherever

TIGER BALM FTW!!!

jvdsporthorse
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jvdsporthorse

Witch Hazel gives instant relief … why this rash/itch issue comes up occasionally I haven’t figured out, but Witch Hazel is a wonderful remedy. You can buy it very cheaply at a Drug store or Walmart

Tricia
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Tricia

Has anyone tried Vick’s vapor rub? It works for me…it’s very soothing too.

Warren16002
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Warren16002

I believe that was the first thing the dr’s gave me last year and after that they gave me a steroid ointment. Neither seemed to do anything

Warren16002
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Warren16002

I get these little puss filled bumps on the tops of my feet the right foot is worse this time. They itch like mad and end up breaking open yesterday I soaked it in vinegar and when I dried it off with a coarse towel I scrubbed the area. About an hour later I had a large dried yellow pus trail about 3 inches long running from the area down the top of my foot. That’s another interesting thing they don’t scab like normal they scab with like puss Its not a bug bite and it does not seem to… Read more »

prema
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prema

best home remedy is powdered camphor with coconut oil. crush a few camphor mix well with oil and apply on yr feet and hands overnight / day……i personally experianced which gave me a best result

Daniel Ricardo montez
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Daniel Ricardo montez

Large tub of peanut butter… It is amazing and quite an experience.. Try adding some smuckers jelly and a ripped up piece of wheat bread… Won’t help your feet much but you can say that you’ve been knee deep in peanut butter..

Denise
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Denise

I haven’t used it on itchy feet, since my soles seem kindof thick, but hand sanitizer has worked wonders for me as an aftershave on my legs!!!! I can’t stand the itchy, even with lotion on after, I’m going crazy. I use the extra moisturizing from Sams club, and it stings, but my legs don’t keep me up itching all night. Sanitizer is amazing!

keyplayer
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keyplayer

I spent some time researching home remedies and trying them and with a few working ok for short periods. I was compelled to find a long term solution. My research lead me to believe that fungus caused by moisture was the cause of my constant itching. I began to believe that if I could stay out of shoes all together it would help. it does. I went bare foot as often as I could and started to use a product called Lotrimin Powder every time I put on shoes. I bought several pairs of new shoes so I could make… Read more »

Ken Chan
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Ken Chan

I think the bottom of my foot was infected by some fungus, most probably from the public swimming pool 8 years ago and it has not gone away since. Every day or second day, it itches like hell and I have to use sanding stone to sand it down and then heat a small long sharpening stone to apply heat on the itch area, which is painful if you are not careful. I would not recommend it. I had tried so many different medicines and seen doctors without success. I will try the Clorox as suggested by Shay and hope… Read more »

mary alderman
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mary alderman

I got this itch on my foot it starts out as a blister it swells really big so i pop the blister because cant walk but as soon as the blister drains of a greenish pus i clean it with peroxide 30 minutes later foot itching nonstop . my boyfriend had this problem first and still has it. I ve never had a problem until he slipped on my slippers to walk to the bathroom and days later my foot itches with a blister. please help me tried some of everything no relief yet.

Sandra
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Sandra

Update: Vinegar worked but only for a short time. Tried paste made from baking soda and vinegar. Better and lasted longer but the absolutely best thing is hand sanitizer. I used Purell last night and this evening when the itchiness was driving me nutso, I grab a bottle of Bayer Advanced hand sanitizer. Stung a little where I had scratched my arch raw, but then there was immediate relief. And it lasts for hours and hours. Has anyone else tried hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol?

Sandra
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Sandra

I just tried hydrogen peroxide followed by a lot of Purell (hand sanitizer.). Took a minute for it to truly stop all itching, but so far so good. Even if I have to apply every few hours, it’s better than the insufferable itching. Tomorrow I’ll try the vinegar and/or baking soda if itching resumes. May also try Benadryl also. I have had the little bumps come and go for a decade now. Simply cannot isolate cause. Pretty sure not stress or wearing closed shoes. For years, it occurred every summer and I thought some plant or weed was the culprit.… Read more »

shay
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shay

Afrer trying a ton of home remedies, creams and sprays the best thing that worked was the clorox. 3 days in a row and gone.

Helen
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Helen

Can i use baking powder instead of baking soda? The top of my feet itch like mad and i need something that i have at home without shopping!

jjaazzy
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jjaazzy

I came here cause I have the same issue it’s been going on for about 6 weeks now. First someone told me it’s dry feet so I had DH rub on some moisturizer, well the extra rubbing or increased circulation sent me running…. the itching was unbearable. What I do is run to the tub and hit the feet with the shower massager with the hottest water that I can stand on the hardest spray I have……. That seems to help. But I want this problem behind me so I am going to try the baking soda / vinegar trick.… Read more »

Mitzie
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Mitzie

hmmmmm as it is i’m having the same issue, i have tried almost everything but I realised washing my feet with chlorax and savlon helps, peroxide helps and soaking in vinegar to a lesser extent, I am going to try baking soda….

Denise
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Denise

Thanks for all of the suggestions. This is a new problem for me also, & is driving me insane too. So I plan to begin trying the remedies offered here. I just wanted to ask any of you if you have this symptom too, and that is that the front part of the soles of my feet seem to have thickened, in addition to this terrible, terrible itch, but my feet look completely normal other than that, no redness or anything. I have been having regular foot baths with cool water & Epsom salts, but that only brings very temporary… Read more »

Terri
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Terri

It’s 3am and I’m trying everything. My left pointer toe started itching yesterday and I can’t even sleep thru it. My husband says athlete’s foot, but I live in south Texas and haven’t had anything but a flipflop on in months! I did, however, get a pedicure 4 days ago. But only itching on ONE toe? Am sitting with baking soda / water paste at the moment and feels good. What happens when I wipe it off??

Cathy
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Cathy

Just airing your feet and allowing them to breathe is another suggestion or walking through the salt water and sand exfoliates the dead skin!

cathy
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cathy

The zincofax cream, is actually the diaper cream for babies but it has the zinc in it which heals the sores or cuts. I have been using jars of this stuff on scratches or zits, works wonderfully!

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