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How To Treat Athlete's Foot At Home
Fungus Among Us: Athlete's foot is a fungal infection of the skin. It is important to keep your feet (and shoes) clean and dry, since fungus loves to grow in warm, dark, moist places. For mild cases, OTC antifungal creams typically work well. For more severe cases, see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Disinfect shoes: Spray some lysol or other disinfectant in shoes after you wear them and let them dry out. Avoid wearing them 2 days in a row. Pull out any inserts in the shoes and allow them to dry out as well. We sometimes will focus on treating the infection on the foot but forget that we need to avoid re-infecting our foot in the shoes that we wear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unusual: Athletes foot can be spread from person to person, however it is unusual to get it on the face. Good hygiene, washing well with soap and water, keeping feet clean and dry, using foot powder, anti-fungal oil or medication and keeping socks and shoes clean and dry will all help! Check with your Podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatments! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various ways: Firstly, since excessive perspiration and moisture is the cause, keeping feet dry is a must. Wear socks that absorb moisture and change often. Let feet air out when possible. Dry thoroughly after bathing. Powder in shoes can also be helpful. Additionally, topical anti-fungal creams, solutions or sprays may be needed. If a prolonged problem, see a podiatrist. ...Read more
Antifungals: If it is mild try nonprescription antifungals like clotrimazole (Lotrimin), miconazole (Micatin), terbinafine (Lamisil), or tolnaftate (Tinactin). Use as directed. Severe cases will require oral antifungals like fluconazol which is a prescription medication ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treat and prevent: Athlete's foot is a fungal infection. In addition to using over the counter treatments like creams and sprays, you want to make sure you create an environment that fungus will not want to come back to. This includes keeping your feet dry and disinfecting your shoes. Also, keep in mind, fungus is everywhere. Any disruption in the skin can attract the fungus - avoid too dry skin too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Desitin =Zn oxide: Desitin is used for diaper rash, its ingredient = zinc oxide, is not an antifungal. Since athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is caused by a fungus in the skin of the feet, u get better results if using an antifungal topical-- cream, ointment, powder or spray--. Common otc topical agents are terbinafine(lamisil), azoles: ketocon(nizoral), clotrim (lotrimin), flucon (mycocide) & tolnaftate (tinactin). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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