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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is athlete's foot?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Tinea pedis rash: Tinea pedis, or athlete's foot, is caused by a fungus (often by t. Rubrum fungus) that can be on locker room floors or other people's footwear. If the fungus is able to take hold on the skin cells and start growing, one will get the athlete's foot rash. Tinea pedis should be treated to relieve symptoms and also to prevent it from spreading to the toenails.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 15 years experience
Fungal Infection: Athlete's foot is a fungal infection of the skin.
Dr. Howard Fox
Podiatry 43 years experience
As others pointed: out, athlete's foot is caused by a fungus infection of the skin. It's spread by fungal spores which don't wash out or are killed by the heat of a drier, and spores live 30 days. While any topical OTC anti-fungal will clear up an athlete's foot condition in a few days, it's important to use it for at least 30 days while the spores are still around or it usually recurs.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: If it is truly athletes foot & not something that mimics its appearance there are OTC products to treat it. You can find miconazole or other anti-fungal sprays, powders or creams in the drug isles of most pharmacies. twice daily use will usually help within a week or so, but can take longer.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How to remove athletes foot?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Apply : Antifungal cream to your feet.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
And make sure that you have the correct diagnosis
Jul 23, 2013
A 37-year-old member asked:

What is athlete's foot? How can it be treated?

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 42 years experience
A fungal infection: Of the skin. The fungus is an environmental germ and can be contracted in many different ways. Typical treatment is with a topical antifungal cream. You should also take measures to keep the feet dry, particularly between toes. There are alos ways to attempt to limit your exposure to the fungus, such as changing shoes daily, uv shoe trees which can kill fungus in the shoes and more...
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Wear water shoes/flip-flops in locker room/shower at gym; also at pools. Spray insides of shoes with fungicidal like Lysol; wash socks in hot water (with bleach if possible)
Jul 12, 2012
A 33-year-old member asked:

What works for athlete's foot?

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Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 50 years experience
Topical antifungals: Try Lamisil (terbinafine) cream.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

I have athlete's foot. Is this incurable?

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Dr. Damian Cornacchia
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
No: Athletes foot (or tinea pedis) is almost always curabale. The problem is recurrence. Fungi like dark, moist areas especially where they can imbed and adhere i.e. Sports shoes. Besides using the otc sprays and creams, try to rotate athletic shoes so they dry out fully between use and spray the inside of the shoes if you have athlete's foot. Always wear socks of some sort. Clean and dry is the key.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What are some treatments to athlete's foot?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
See below: Topical antifungals or oral antifungals.

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