Antifungal Foot Soak: Time-tested Remedy

January 1, 2007

Patients with mycotic toenails whoare unable to take oral antifungalagents may find relief with this oldremedy.

Patients with mycotic toenails who are unable to take oral antifungal agents may find relief with this old remedy. Instruct them to fill a basting pan with warm water, add 2 or 3 capfuls of chlorine bleach, and soak both feet in this solution for 10 to 15 minutes twice a day for 2 weeks. (Have them wash their feet after each treatment.) The toenails will first become white; this is a result of the penetration of the nails by the bleach, which destroys the fungus. New nails will grow in 2 to 3 months.
- Michael Rothstein, MSN, FNP
   Tappan, NY

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