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A 38-year-old member asked:

can athletes foot go away on its own?

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Dr. Randy Lisch
Podiatry 38 years experience
No: Athletes foot is a fungus that needs some sort of medication to help eliminate this condition. If otc medications don't help, see your podiatrist.
Dr. Marc Foucher
Podiatry 29 years experience
Rarely.: Athletes foot is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet. It is very common and often becomes chronic spreading to the toenails. If 2 weeks of over the counter remedies are not working, see a podiatrist. Keep feet clean and dry, especially between toes.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for athlete's foot to go away?

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Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Depends: Athletes foot needs to be treated. Otc medication may clear the problem about a month. If not well i suggest you see a dermatologist or podiatrist.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What can I do to treat the ball of my foot if it is swollen and throbbing with pain?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
See a Podiatrist: It may be a stress fracture or other serious condition which needs treatment.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can athletes foot go away if i leave it alone?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Not usually: Since it is a fungal infection, it tends to get worse without treatment.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How long is it supposed to it take for athletes foot to go away with treatment?

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Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
A couple weeks...: The best otc medication (in my opinion) is lotrimin (clotrimazole) ultra. Socks should be a synthetic material (i know i'll take heat for this) 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.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

My athletes foot wont go away. Cany dr help me?! its driving me crazy!

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rachel Wattier
Pediatrics 12 years experience
Terbinafene: Athlete's foot can be treated with terbinafene cream available over the counter. Keep feet dry, go barefoot/sandals if possible.

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