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How long can the athlete's foot fungus live outside of the body?

How long can the athlete's foot fungus live outside of the body?

Forever: Fungus is in the environment and survives indefinitely. However, if you are concerned about your shoes or shower, as long as you take precaution and use anti-fungal creams and spray you can prevent re/infection. Remember fungus like dark, moist areas. ...Read more

Dr. Jordan Steinberg
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Athlete (Definition)

Ath·lete n. A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those ...Read more


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How long does athlete's foot fungus survive on hard dry surfaces?

How long does athlete's foot fungus survive on hard dry surfaces?

See below: Athletes feet / fungal foot infections if left untreated can last for years. Typically oral antifungal meds such as lamisil, (terbinafine) gris peg, Diflucan for 45 days in combination with topical antifungal creams gels or lotions can kill the fungus fairly effectively. Often a bacterial component is present and a antibiotic pill or cream must be added as well. ...Read more

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What works to remove the hard skin on the feet that is caused by athletes foot fungus?

What works to remove the hard skin on the feet that is caused by athletes foot fungus?

Callused skin: Foot fungus and callused skin can be two different diagnosis.. if you are concerned an exam or photo will help in determining the correct diagnosis and proper treatment plan specific to you. There are wonderful natural products that get rid of callused skin on the bottom of the feet as well as athlete's feet! ...Read more

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If one of your rugs is probably infected with the athlete's foot fungus, what can be done to eliminate it?

If one of your rugs is probably infected with the athlete's foot fungus, what can be done to eliminate it?

You can : Spray the rug with any of the antifungal sprays or powders found in the drugstore for your feet. (you might want to test a hidden area first to make sure this would not ruin your carpet.). ...Read more

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How does one get rid of athlete's foot fungus?

How does one get rid of athlete's foot fungus?

Combo of things: First it is important to treat the fungus (lamisil or clotrimazole creams are available over the counter). Second, it is important to make sure you don't re-infect yourself. Fungi thrive in warm, dark, moist environments. Use powders to keep your feet dry. Spray your shoes with anti fungal spray (tinactin (tolnaftate) etc) so that you don't just put your healthy feet in a shoe full of fungus! ...Read more

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Why does it need so long to get rid of athlete's foot fungus?

Fungus is everywhere: Usually fungus infections of the skin will take 7-14 days to resolve wtih a good topical antifungal using it appropriately. If you are not consistent it is hard to get rid of it. Once it does clear you have to continue to use a topical on a regular basis to keep it from returning. If you are suseptible to the fungus, it is likely to return without regular treatment. Dr. L. ...Read more

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What should I do to get rid of my athlete's foot fungus quicker?

Keep your feet: Clean and dry, especially between the toes. If your feet tend to perspire a lot, use powder on your feet daily, wear different shoes each day and socks which wick perspiration away from the skin--not cotton. Also use a topical antifungal cream. You may try an otc version, but some of the newer prescription medications can work faster than the old ones. ...Read more

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What kind of cleaning products kill athlete's foot fungus in the gym?

Standard likely.: Anything with bleach in it should kill athlete's foot fungus. The problem is that people who have it do not always treat it, and they can pass it on to others. People should wash and dry thoroughly, and change socks/clothes dailty. ...Read more

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How long does athlete's foot fungus survive on objects like shoes and floors?

How long does athlete's foot fungus survive on objects like shoes and floors?

Depends: It depends if the floors/shoes are wet/moist or dry. Fungus doesn't like dry climates but absolutely loves warm, moist areas like a locker room floor or a shoe. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Athlete's Foot (Definition)

Medical term is tinea pedis. It is a fungal infection of the skin of the feet. It is usually seen as red, itchy skin between the toes and ...Read more


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Fungus (Definition)

Consisting of a florid overgrowth due to exposure to ...Read more