Sunday, May 11, 2008

Fungus Feet

If you have to wear work boots or other sweat inducing shoes all day then you know how hard it is to not get a little fungus on or between your toes. So how to discourage, stop or get rid of that disgusting toe nail fungus? There are some nasty medications you can take internally but does that kill the fungus or the host?

I've tried a variety of drugstore anti-fungal liquids that are either painted or sprayed onto your nails. The main ingredients seem to be 'undeclyenic acid' (smells awful) and tea tree oil. Have you ever read the information sheet that comes in the box? Here are a few excerpts: 'fungal nail infections, or onychomycosis are common on toenails', 'caused by fungi, yeast or molds', 'may cause a buildup of keratin under the nail and discoloration', 'fungal nail infections may be difficult to treat and may become a reservoir for fungal organisms, causing them to return'. Well you get the idea - eeeewwwwwww.

Drinking GSE (grapefruit seed extract) every morning for a few weeks seems to help. Plus it's a good idea to use some foot powder every day and, if possible, change your socks once or twice a day.

Another remedy that I heard about recently was listerine. The person who used it (and swears by it) says he soaked his feet morning and night for six months and the fungus cleared right up. I'm giving it a try but it's too early to report on the results. The coloring in the listerine dyes my feet a bit blue but they smell great!

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