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What over-the-counter treatments can i buy to treat my athletes foot?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 24 years experience
Antifungals: Athletes foot (tines pedis) is a fungal infection most commonly caused by trichophyton rubrum. Most t rubrum respond to terbinafine cream obtainable over the counter. If your rash does not resolve, you should see your doctor for evaluation.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Lamisil (terbinafine) AT: For basic athlete's foot, Lamisil (terbinafine) at is very effective. However, because fungal skin infections can be difficult to completely eradicate, i generally advise my patients to "use it twice as long." use the Lamisil (terbinafine) at daily until free of all symptoms, then count the number of days it has been used, and use it for that many more additional days.
Dr. Theodore Caspe
Family Medicine 41 years experience
All OTC can be used: Athlete's foot does not resolve with few applications of medication. You must use the medication 2 times a day for at least 4-6 weeks. You may see some improvement early but continue the treatment for 4-6 weeks. If OTC don't work then ask your doctor for a prescription strength. You must also wear breathable shoes, moisture absorbing socks and keep you feet as dry as possible.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Antifungal creams: Terbibafine 1% cream (lamisil) is applied twice a day for 1 week. Butenafine (mentax) is also effective, as is Econazole Nitrate (spectazole) moccasin type athletes foot with thickened skin may require oral medicines, such as terbinafine or griseofulvin.
Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Antifungals: The most common and quite effective otc treatment for tinea pedis (athlete's foot) is Lamisil at or terbinafine topical as a 1% cream applied to the feet twice daily for 1-4 weeks.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How effective are over-the-counter treatments for athletes foot?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Very effective: Over the counter athletes foot cream can be very effective if used appropriately and if used for a long enough period of time. I recommend to my patients to use the cream "twice as long." this means to use it until symptoms are gone, then continue it for the same length of time it has been used to get to that point.
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Can you tell me how to treat athlete s foot?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
See below: Start with good hygiene and then add an otc antifungal such as Lamisil (terbinafine) cream.
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How do you treat athlete s foot with powder?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
That is one way: There is also creams, ointments, sprays, solutions. Many of which are effective and easily purchased over the counter in the pharmacy.

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