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Treating athlete’s foot & fungal nails

To prevent further infections with tinea pedis (athlete’s foot), which may cause your nail infection to recur, we suggest you follow these instructions:

  • Avoid going barefoot in public places such as gymnasiums, locker rooms, and other athletic facilities.
  • Never wear someone else’s shoes.
  • When staying in hotels, never go without footwear, as fungal particles maybe present in the carpeting and on bathroom floors.
  • Use an antifungal powder or spray in your shoes at least once week.
  • Old tennis shoes and well-worn shoes should be thrown away, as they may be heavily contaminated with fungal particles.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and are made of material such as leather that allow one’s foot to “breathe”.
  • Wear socks made to wick away moisture from skin, such as running or hiking socks.
  • If you see any signs of athlete’s foot recurring, restart the cream we recommended as soon as possible. You might also consider an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream.
  • Be sure other family members who may be infected are adequately treated.
  • Keep your nails well trimmed and filed.
  • Lysol spray to insole of shoe, let air dry 24 – 48 hours.

Soaks and oil applications

Vinegar Soaks – No dilution – soak 15 minutes daily – brush with tooth brush in one direction. Towel dry, no rinsing.

Bleach Soaks – 1 oz to 1 gallon of water. Soak for 15 minutes.

Melaleuca Oil – Brush top of nail with applicator once daily.

Tea Tree Oil – Brush top of nail with applicator once daily.

Vicks Vapor Rub – Apply to affected toenails daily.