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is it possible to get rid of athlete's foot?

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Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Yes: Keep feet clean and dry.Use antifungal cream for superficial infection.Oral antifungals for deep infections.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology 37 years experience
Athletes foot: Proving that you have athlete's foot is the first issue. See a board certified dermatologist to ensure that it is not a bacterial infection (athelete's foot is a fungus). Dyshidrotic eczema is often misdiagnosed as athlete's foot and there are other conditions that can cause peeling, dryness etc. There are medicated creams and lotions and prescription pills but keeping the feet dry is important.
Dr. Richard Mallia
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Yes: Athletes foot is very curable but there is a strong chance of it returning because there is no immunity for it. To prevent recurrence you need to keep the bottom of your feet clean and dry and make sure you do not walk barefoot on questionable surfaces. Fungus is ubiquitous and infection is possible, taking proactive steps is important. Examine your feet daily.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the way to get rid of athlete's foot?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Shoe breathing: Athletes foot is a fungal infection. Humidity, sweating, poorly ventilated feet and shoes are the main cause. Antifungals in combination with eliminating humidity from your shoes are key. Try to alternate pairs of shoes, heat them and vent them after using. Antifungals creams take 2-3 week to kill so keep applying regardless of how they look or feel before 2-3 weeks are over. It will come back...
A 43-year-old member asked:

How to get rid of athlete's foot forever?

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Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 40 years experience
No guarantee: There are things you can do to make it less likely to recur, like keeping your feet dry as much as possible, letting shoes dry out for at least a day before wearing them again, use an antifungal powder and/or cream, and using an antiperspirant, like prescription drysol, to reduce sweating.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of athletes foot fast?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Prescription: Your doctor can give you a prescription for an oral medication that treats the infection from the inside.
Dr. Sonia Rapaport
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Over-the-counter topicals also work well for athlete's foot and don't have any liver toxicity (which can be a potential problem in the drugs used). Wearing sandals can help (closed shoes promote fungal growth, especially sneakers). Also, mixing coconut oil with tea tree oil and rubbing inbetween toes at night can help (both have anti-fungal properties: lauric acid in coconut oil).
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to quickly get rid of athletes foot with a home remedy?

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Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 15 years experience
No: I am not aware of any home remedies but there are a multitude of over the counter medicines to use, creams and spray powders.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How do I easily get rid of athlete's foot?

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 41 years experience
Topical antifungal : Cream found in the pharmacy, get a prescription if needed for another one. Also, keep your feet dry, especially between the toes. Change shoes daily, socks which wick perspiration away from the skin. There are also devices which use uv light to sanitize shoes to limit exposure.

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