Baking soda applied between the toes will dehydrate the area when the area is moist. It will burn a lot. The same happens when one applies baking soda to crotch itch. It will burn like hell. However, baking soda tends to continue to dehydrate until it becomes saturated. When that occurs, the area will remain moist and the itching will return, sometimes with a vengence. If the athlete’s foot does not itch and the area between the toes is dry, baking soda has no effect.
Soaking the feet in commercially available hydrogen peroxide of 3% will cause the athlete’s foot to bubble and foam up. It will sting and burn. The foaming will continue for several minutes and then subside. When one steps out of the hydrogen peroxide bath and dries the feet, there will be a white film on the skin. That film is a film of dead fungi. The feet will stop itching and the area will be dry. One soaking can keep the itching at bay for several days. But as soon as one puts on socks and shoes, the itching will return in a day or two. Soak the feet in hydrogen peroxide again.
People, especially women who wear open toe sandals, many Indians and Asians who do not wear shoes usually do not have athlete’s foot. Both women and men who do not wear any shoes at all and walk on the dry beaches every day do not get athlete’s foot. Dry sand, dry air, lack of moisture between the toes keep athlete’s foot away.
Baking soda dehydrates by extracting moisutre from the body. It does not create a dry environment between the toes, and similarly with the crotch. Baking soda applied to crotch itch will make the crotch even wetter and it does not stop the itch. Baby powder will dry the area and stop the itch. So will vasoline or petroleum jelly.
Since athlete’s foot fungus is anaerobic and survives in a wet and moist environment, the most effective way to keep it at bay is to keep the feet and the toes dry all the time. Baking soda does not do that.
Besides hydrogen peroxide, some have tried hot beach sand, talcum powder, vinegar, bleech, and lysol on athlete’s foot. They will stop the itching but as soon as the area becomes moist again, the itching will come back.
If one wears socks and shoes for two days, the athlete’s foot itch will return. If one then takes off the socks and shoes and changes into open toe sandals, the ones sold at Wal Mart for US$ 1.00, and keeps on wearing them continuously for four or five days, the athlete’s foot will dry up by itself and one will not feel itching.