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Athlete's Foot

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How can I treat and prevent athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot treatment usually involves a combination of over-the-counter medications and good foot hygiene.

There are a variety of anti-fungal products available over-the-counter for the treatment of athlete’s foot. These products typically contain the medications tolnaftate, clotrimazole, or miconazole, and are available as creams, sprays or powders that you apply directly to the affected area.

If your athlete’s foot doesn’t respond to over-the-counter treatments, you may need to see your doctor for a prescription-strength treatment. These severe infections can require oral antifungal medications.

There are many things you can do to help prevent athlete’s foot infection, or prevent it from coming back:

  • Wash your feet every day with soap and water.

  • Always dry thoroughly between your toes, and leave your feet exposed to the open air to cool.

  • Rotate your shoes so that you don’t wear the same pair two days in a row. It also helps to wear open-toed shoes in warm weather to let your feet “breathe”.

  • Change your socks often to keep your feet dry. If your feet sweat a lot, this may mean changing them a few times throughout the day.

  • Wear socks made of fabric that wicks moisture away from your skin, like acrylic, wool, or polypropylene.

  • Wear shower shoes or sandals in public places where the fungus can spread.