Dog slobber for athlete’s foot is controversial

Q: It’s been 10 years since I have had any athlete’s foot problem. I’ve always wondered why, especially since my husband gets severe athlete’s foot pretty frequently.

After reading your website, I think I have my answer. Ten years ago I got my little Chihuahua, Zena, and six years ago Zoey, another Chihuahua, joined us. They love licking my feet, and I find it soothing.

Obviously, my husband has not shared in the relaxing experience of having two small dogs lick his feet. So being the wonderful wife and partner that I am, I can’t wait to show my loving husband this article.

I think this would work best as a preventive measure and not to cure a severe outbreak.

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A: Nearly 20 years ago we received a letter from a reader about his uncle: “When my uncle came home in the evenings, he would remove his shoes and socks, and put his feet on a hassock while reading the paper. The dog always went to him immediately and licked his feet all over, especially between the toes. After about three months, he noticed that the athlete’s foot which had plagued him for most of his adult life had gone away!”

We warned readers not to allow dogs to lick skin with open wounds. That’s because dogs carry bacteria in their mouths that could cause infection. We also have been scolded by a vet tech who said that licking people’s feet could make the dog sick.

Because there are effective antifungal medications, we suggest you not rely on your pooch but rather on your pharmacy for effective athlete’s foot treatment.

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I’m interested in the fact that it may help with blood-pressure issues. I currently take lisinopril. Would cayenne-pepper pills help?

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