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Warning–don’t use bleach to treat athlete’s foot

October 25, 2018

Not every home remedy we get is good or safe. The advice to use bleach on athlete’s foot should not be followed. There are much safer home remedy options.

Q. I have heard about many different ways to treat athlete’s foot, but one that doesn’t get mentioned, the best one: BLEACH! On the rare occasion that I get a toe fissure or itchy sole, I just pour several glugs of bleach into the shower and slosh about in it for a minute before I turn on the water.

One treatment is all it takes. Don’t worry; it’s only bleach.

A. Bleach (sodium hypochlorite) should NEVER be applied to the skin. It can cause irritation, burns and blisters. That’s why you would never see such a recommendation here.

Just because “it’s only bleach,” does not mean it’s safe on the skin.

There are many over-the-counter anti-fungal treatments that work well. One reader shared his experience:

“I have suffered from athlete’s foot and jock itch for years. My doctor recommended Zeasorb antifungal powder, which contains miconazole. This works wonders for me.”

Other remedies that readers praise include soaking the feet in dilute vinegar, amber Listerine, baking soda or Epsom salts solutions. There is even an old-fashioned remedy involving soaking the affected foot in urine.

If you look for more natural and holistic remedies for foot issue, visit Dr. Lester Carter at Hayat-Carter Herbal Shoppe, 2400 W. Burleigh Street, Milwaukee, WI 53206.

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