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What can be done to relieve athlete's foot long term?

By HERWriter October 28, 2014 - 11:36am
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Hi Nina

Great question! 

The long term goal should always be preventative. 

To prevent athlete's foot (and it's not easy!):

  • 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.


Treatment includes 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.

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:

  • Miconazole
  • Haloprogin
  • Clotrimazole
  • Ciclopirox
  • Terbinafine
  • Butenafine
  • Tolnaftate
  • Econazole
  • Ketoconazole
  • Naftifine
  • Oxiconazole
  • Sulconazole


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

I hope this helps! 



October 29, 2014 - 4:38am
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