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Emergency Athletes' Foot Treatment

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by MikeH, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. MikeH


    Oct 18, 2001
    Something to mentally file away if you ever need it.

    A few nights ago I was on the way to a church meeting when my athlete's foot kicked in, with the ball of my left foot itching in a way designed to drive one crazy. This is a rural area with no pharmacies or other places to buy medication. I had to try something, so decided to stop at a gas station and buy a beer, go to church and pour it on my foot, hoping that the alcohol would help. They had rubbing alcohol so I got that instead, only to be assured by a couple of people at church that alcohol would do no good for athletes foot.
    Desperate for relief, I went to the kitchen looking for some kind of improvised treatment. In desperation I picked up a can of regular Coke, went to the rest room and poured it liberally over my foot.

    Kind of sticky, but my foot didn't itch again until the next morning!
  2. Waldganger


    Dec 16, 2006
    I've heard pissing on your foot works, but never really had it to try it. Wouldn't do that in church though
  3. lmalterna

    lmalterna Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 12, 2002
    Urine or vinegar will help short term ;)

  4. foxx


    Sep 5, 2010
    I'd actually soak my foot in urine, as in a gallon size zip lock bag or similar. The ammonia is what will help, then again ammonia D is in windex. With windex, you get a streak free shine, with piss you might have dogs hiking their legs on you.
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  5. David Sharp

    David Sharp

    May 23, 2008
    I heard the same thing about urine. The person telling me had a chronic problem; his way of controlling was urinating on his feet in the shower everyday! Supposedly worked.
  6. elkins45


    Jun 17, 2006
    I got a case of foot fungus when I was a kid that was so bad my feet cracked open and bled. My Dad filled a mop bucket with warm water, poured in a slug of Clorox and had me soak my feet in it for a half-hour or so. Best home remedy I have ever experienced. Easily 10X more effective than the athletes foot creams in the drugstore.

    Another good one (no, I am not making this up) if you have access to a decently stocked store are the creams used to treat vaginal yeast infections. They seem to be better antifungals than the ones sold for feet, plus I think they are a bit cheaper.

    I'll bet it was the phosphoric acid in the Coke that worked on your feet.
  7. baldtaco-II


    Feb 28, 2006
    In a pinch some potassium permanganate from your FAK in a bit of water will help. KMnO4 is just too useful to be absent from a FAK.
  8. grunt soldier

    grunt soldier

    Dec 4, 2009
    this does really work. it's best used to treat small cases and as a preventive measure.
  9. Brad "the butcher"

    Brad "the butcher"

    Dec 15, 2008
    The morning pee on your feet trick really works. do it and don't turn on the water for 20 seconds or so.
    Annoys my wife a little when she catches me but it beats buying tinactin.
  10. sambo.


    Dec 30, 2009
    +1 on the pee-on-feet method.

    works a treat, but may take a while to really show results.

    if you can stand it, piss on your feet (or into gumboots), stick feet in gumboots (or similar) for a couple of minutes and wash off.
  11. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    And all these years I've worked hard to not pee on my feet. Who knew.
  12. baldtaco-II


    Feb 28, 2006
    ...and if someone says they'll help cure your acne with it FOFO

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