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Shoe Care After Athletes Foot
How long would athletes foot last in a shoe that has not been worn? How do you sterilize the shoe?
How can I get rid of my chronic athletes foot? I always wear socks and wash my shoes regularly, but it seems particularly bad in my work flats
You have taken the proper steps with good hygeine.
You should use a daily antifungal spray or powder, but an oral antifungul for a short period my be the answer. ...Read more
Start with the skin: The skin needs to be treated with a topical antifungal cream. Keep you feet dry with the use of powders, socks which wick perspiration away from the skin. Shoes shouldn't be worn two days in a row and should be allowed to dry out between uses. There are sprays and even a shoe tree that uses uv light to kill fungus. ...Read more
Have you seen athletes foot on babys less than 1 year? My 9M has redness only between the big toes. He usually wears socks but shoes too sometimes.
Topical Antifungal: Athlete's foot responds well to topical treatment, many of which can be procured over the counter. It is important that you apply the medication twice daily to clean and dry feet. Because you mention between the toe, apply a thin sparingly layer to these areas and allow them to dry well before putting on socks and shoes. Ask your pharmacist to direct you to the topical athlete's foot creams. ...Read more
Topical antifungal: Cream...Often the prescription kind is better than the over the counter. Keep feet clean and dry, especially between the toes; avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row, the shoes may need to be treated as well; socks should be the kind that wicks perspiration, cotton isn't as good. Those are the best general measures, but it is a challenge nevertheless. ...Read more
Not so simple: Ventillate feet. Get air & light on feet. Do not worry about public places! Do not wear sox in bed. Otc antifungal cream for a long time & expect to use again. Maybe use forever. Look for generics to save money: miconazole, clotrimazole, ketoconazole, terbinafine are usually found easily. If you fail to see a dramatic improvement after a week, see a dermatologist. ...Read more
See below.: Itching, scaling, skin peeling, soreness are typical symptoms. ...Read more
Athletes foot meds: The most effective medication for athletes foot is an anti fungal that is both bacteriocidal and bacteriostatic. ...Read more
Yes: Atheltes foot fungas can reside on any moist surface. You are decreaseing your chances by not exposing your self to pools and locker rooms that have a high amount of traffic from people and moisture. ...Read more
Antifungals.: Athlete's foot is a fungal infection in the skin of your feet. It can happen between toes and along the soles of your feet. Change your shoes regularly and let them air out. Keep your feet clean, wear cotton socks, dry between your toes after showering, and use an antifungal cream on your feet. Some cases require a prescription, so see your doctor if things don't improve in a few weeks. ...Read more
Kinda depends: How bad of a case you have it. I would say 2-3 weeks is very reasonable. But, their is definately a recurrence rate. Keep in mind if your shoes are contaminated or things like that it may delay treatment as you may be recontaminating. ...Read more
Immediately: Athletes feet is another term for fungal infection of the skin. Although there are many different types of fungus, they spread and multiply by little flakes or vesicles on the skin. By the time you notice the scaling skin, it's already dividing enough to spread itself by flaky skin. If you have scaling, flakes of skin coming off your feet, it's trying to spread itself so it's contagious. ...Read more
Treat it: The redness should go away as it is treated. If it does not, perhaps another medication might be in order or perhaps it is not athlete's feet, but instead some kind of dermatitis. If you have been treating your feet for more than two weeks with a medication, and the redness has not subsided, than it is time to see your doctor. ...Read more
Start with a topical: Antifungal cream. Currently, the best thing going is naftin (naftifine) 2%, available by prescription only. Otc antifungal creams can be ok as well. On top of this, you must change the environment in which the feet reside. Feet must be kept clean and dry, especially between the toes. Use powder on the feet daily; change shoes daily; you may want to treat the shoes too, with sprays or an uv sanitizer. ...Read more