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how do you kill athletes foot

By February 10, 2010 - 12:29pm
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Hi Jessica-

Thank you for your question!

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that generally affects the foot. It was given that name because so many people suffering from it were athletes (due to their feet and toes rubbing against each other, long hours spend in socks and enclosed sneakers that lead to a moist environment that was susceptible to fungus.

However, anyone is at risk for this condition.

Our encyclopedia has some great tips for treatment and prevention :

"Treatment aims to rid the body of the infection. Therapy may include good foot hygiene or medication. Many over-the-counter antifungal medications are available. However, if the infection persists for two weeks or more, seek medical care.

Foot Hygiene
◦Gently wash your feet often (at least daily) with soap and water, and completely dry all areas, including between the toes.
◦Put a dusting of antifungal foot powder on your feet or in your shoes to absorb moisture.
◦Change your shoes and socks frequently.
◦Do not swim or use public locker rooms when you have an infection. This will help prevent spreading the infection to other people.
Over-the-counter topical antifungals may be helpful. But if you don’t see any improvement within two weeks of trying them, you should consult with your doctor. Prescription topical or oral medications may be more effective. The doctor may prescribe an antifungal medication to be taken by mouth or applied to the feet. Be sure to tell your doctor about any other medical problems you may have had, such as liver or kidney disease , or diabetes .

It is important to continue taking any prescribed medication for the entire time instructed by the doctor. Do not stop any medication without the doctor's approval, even if the infected areas look better. Treatment generally lasts 4 to 8 weeks. Shortening the treatment plan often results in another infection. Wash your hands after applying topical medications.

Topical medications include:


Griseofulvin is a prescription oral medication. Other oral drugs may also be prescribed.

Preventing athlete's foot can be difficult, but keeping your feet clean and dry will help. Suggestions include:

◦Gently wash your feet every day using soap and water.
◦Dry carefully between the toes.
◦Wear shoes that are comfortable and allow your feet to breathe.
◦Wear sandals in the summer.
◦Change shoes often.
◦Wear cotton socks that wick moisture away from your skin.
◦Change socks when they become damp.
◦Apply an antifungal foot powder to your feet or shoes.
◦Take off your shoes and socks and walk barefoot at home when possible.
◦Do not walk barefoot in damp places.
◦Wear shower shoes or sandals in public locker rooms.
◦Do not borrow other people's shoes."

You can read lots more here on our Athlete's Foot Page : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/athletes-foot#definition

Jessica, do you currently have athlete's foot now? Do you know how you may have gotten it? Does this information help you?

February 10, 2010 - 1:39pm
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