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How do you treat athlete's foot?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Various ways: Firstly, since excessive perspiration and moisture is the cause, keeping feet dry is a must. Wear socks that absorb moisture and change often. Let feet air out when possible. Dry thoroughly after bathing. Powder in shoes can also be helpful. Additionally, topical anti-fungal creams, solutions or sprays may be needed. If a prolonged problem, see a podiatrist.

Answered 10/23/2017

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Dr. Mark Reed answered

Specializes in Podiatry

OTC Antifungals: Hello: it is important to not make a diagnosis without a clinical examination. For the sake of answering your question for informational purposes, typically otc anti-fungal medications can resolve the problem. Best regards: mark reed, dpm.

Answered 11/2/2015

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Dr. Alan Ettinger answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Topical antifungals: Start with topical s if they do not relieve symptom , i suggest you see a dermatologist or podiatrist.

Answered 8/9/2012

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Dr. Glenn Aufseeser answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Topical therapy: There are topical creams that you can try for treating athletes foot. They can be found at any pharmacy or drug store. Common examples include Lamisil (terbinafine) or naftin. If there is no resolution, i would recommend being seen by a podiatrist.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. Howard Fox answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Make sure it's: Really a fungal infection. Some other conditions can cause itching and peeling including a bacterial infection called erythrasma, which is treated with an antibiotic, not an anti-fungal. The best advice i can offer you is to get it checked out by a podiatrist or dermatologist. Oh... And don't scratch! that spreads it if it's fungal.

Answered 1/22/2019

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Dr. David Hettinger answered

Specializes in Podiatry

To start with...: The best otc medication (in my opinion) is lotrimin (clotrimazole) ultra. Socks should be a synthetic material like those manufactured by thorlo [http://www.Thorlo.Com/]. Dilute vinegar soaks are good as well. Dry the inside of your shoes by placing them up-side down over an air return vent at home overnight. If this doesn't make things better in a couple days, see a podiatrist.

Answered 2/27/2014

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Dr. Payam Rafat answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.

Answered 3/16/2014

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Dr. Ronald Oberman answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Various ways: Firstly, since excessive perspiration and moisture is the cause, keeping feet dry is a must. Wear socks that absorb moisture and change often. Let feet air out when possible. Dry thoroughly after bathing. Powder in shoes can also be helpful. Additionally, topical anti-fungal creams, solutions or sprays may be needed. If a prolonged problem, see a podiatrist.

Answered 1/31/2014

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Dr. Scott Keith answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Having Fun Gal?: If you are sure that athletes foot is what you have, head down to the drug store and pick up a topical antifungal medication. There are many brands to choose from, anyone will probably do fine. In severe cases, your doctor may need to prescribe an oral medication. You may have to treat your shoes to prevent further infections.

Answered 6/11/2017

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Dr. Ashley Vanderloop answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Medication: If you do have athletes foot it is a fungal infection that needs proper treatment so that it does not spread and heals. There are other potential diagnosis that you could have. I recommend being seen by a Podiatrist in person or virtually for further care.

Answered 3/18/2020

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Dr. Hubert Lee answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Fungus Among Us: Athlete's foot is a fungal infection of the skin. It is important to keep your feet (and shoes) clean and dry, since fungus loves to grow in warm, dark, moist places. For mild cases, OTC antifungal creams typically work well. For more severe cases, see your doctor.

Answered 1/14/2018

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