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Is there any pill my doctor can prescribe for athletes foot?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 23 years experience
Treated topically: Athlete's foot is a fungal infection on the skin. Over the counter antifungal cream such as Lamisil (terbinafine) is generally very effective. Your doctor may choose to prescribe econazole cream if indicated. Oral antifungal is necessary only if toe nails are also involved.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
No: There is not an fda approved oral medication for the treatment of athlete's foot. Some doctors prescribe Lamisil (terbinafine) pills for certain fungal infections of the skin but Lamisil (terbinafine) can have detrimental effects on the liver. I recommend Lamisil (terbinafine) at cream (over the counter) for athlete's foot, using it "twice as long" (i.e. Daily until symptoms are gone and keep using it for the same length of time.).

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How can I get athletes foot?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
From direct contact: Tinea pedis, or athlete's foot, is caused by a fungus (often by t. Rubrum fungus) that can be on locker room floors or other people's footwear. If the fungus is able to take hold on the skin cells and start growing, one will get the athlete's foot rash. Tinea pedis should be treated to relieve symptoms and also to prevent it from spreading to the toenails.
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How do I know if I have athletes foot?

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Dr. Jeffrey Weinberg
Dermatology 28 years experience
Fungus: An md can do an exam to determine.

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