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A 28-year-old female asked:

What are some good topical, otc remedies for athletes foot? i heard tea tree oil and olive oil really get the job done..

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Lotrimin (clotrimazole): I recommend topical antifungal spray, powder, cream or gel, such as Clotrimazole (lotrimin, etc). Tea tree and olive oils are fine but would not treat the underlying fungal infection. The thing is even without treatment athlete foot usually resolves on its own unless you have compromised immune function due to problems like diabetes. You need to keep your feet clean and dry as much ad possible.
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Dr. Daniel Chappell
Family Medicine 13 years experience
Lamasil: There are several otc creams and sprays for athlete's foot. They are mostly based on an antifungal medication called terbinafine. If things persist, after correct use, you may want to get it checked out by you primary care doc as it could be a different skin condition all together. As per the natural/other remedies I have also heard of vick's vaporub working, along with those you listed.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 30 years experience
Keep it simple: Go to the drugstore....There are a million creams there.....Olive oil is more a moisturizer, tea tree oil does have antifungal properties but lotrimin, tinactin, (tolnaftate) micatin, desenex all have been proven to be effective...
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