Water-vinegar foot dip recommended for folks in flood-hit areas

No anti-fungal cream? No problem. Just dip your feet in a mix of water and vinegar.

Health authorities issued this advice Thursday to residents of provinces in Central Luzon hit by floods from Typhoon Pedring (Nesat).

"We are distributing anti-fungal cream but there is a home remedy too. Mix water and vinegar, then dip your foot into it, it will help greatly," National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Eric Tayag said in an interview on dwIZ radio.

Tayag noted the mixture may also be helpful to police and military teams taking part in rescue and relief efforts in the area.

He said the alipunga (fungal skin disease) affected not only residents in flood-hit areas but also police and military teams taking part in rescue and relief efforts.

"Yes, many police and military members got the condition," he said.

Tayag also noted that while the Department of Health has prepared medicines for distribution to the flood-affected areas, people will remain at risk so long as the floods do not subside.

"We have medicines for them but if they keep wading through floodwaters, they remain at risk of getting the skin disease again," he said.

Since last weekend, floodwaters from Pedring had swamped several areas in Bulacan and affected other Central Luzon provinces such as Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.

The floodwaters started to subside only after Pedring and another cyclone, Quiel (Nalgae), exited Philippine territory.

Meanwhile, Tayag said they are attempting to replace medicines in hospitals affected by the flooding.

"Ang gamot sa isang ospital na nabaha pilit namin palitan, di pwede gamitin ang nasira nang gamot," he said. — LBG, GMA News