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Athlete’s Foot Treatments – What Works and What Doesn’t

Updated on January 30, 2010

Athlete’s foot (also known as tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that affects the outer layer of the skin.  It tends to develop in moist, warm and dark regions – all conditions that the athlete’s foot fungus loves.  Since the foot is usually kept in a dark, warm and moist environment this is the most common region to find athlete’s foot. 

Before I get into athlete’s foot treatments we should take a holistic look at how athlete’s foot develops and how we can prevent athlete’s foot infections for the future.  As mentioned the fungus like warm and moist environments.  Typical environments where the fungus thrives are in swimming pools, showers, locker rooms, doctor’s offices, etc.  Now the fungus will have to come in contact with your body (which again is why it’s most commonly found on the foot) so if you walk around barefoot you need to be aware that you’re probably walking through this fungus every time.  Just because you walk through the fungus doesn’t mean that you will automatically be infected with athlete’s foot; your skin has to be compromised.  This is especially true if you have a weakened immunes system (such as if you have or just gotten over a cold or the flu, if you have diabetes, AIDS, or other immune system conditions).  So the best treatment for athlete’s foot is to prevent it in the first place!

Probably the most overlooked treatment for athlete’s foot is good hygiene.  This practice is crucial to treating the athlete’s foot fungus and to preventing the spread of the fungus to other regions of the body.  Simple habits, such as showering daily and after intense periods of exercise or labor, washing your hands frequently and touching fewer things that could contain the fungus are key to keeping your body healthy and fungus free.

Athlete's Foot Treatments

Chances are if you’re reading this article that you’ve already encountered athlete’s foot and are looking for an easy treatment.  The good news is that there are many effective treatments for athlete’s foot available.  Some are by prescription and they are effective in treating athlete’s foot very quickly.  Then there are over the counter (OTC) athlete’s foot treatments.  The types of treatments are generally effective but they require long periods of time and diligent treatment schedules.  So if you’re using an over the counter athlete’s foot cure and you miss an application you’re setback and have to keep using it longer.  Depending on which OTC athlete’s foot treatment you’re using, this can become expensive and very prolonged. 

Basic over the counter athlete’s foot treatments come in two forms: creams/ointments and powders.  The creams come in tubes for easy application and are applied to the affected area, usually at night when it won’t be covered up by socks and shoes.  The most popular brands are Lamisil and Lotrimin.  The athlete’s foot powders, such as Desenex, are sprinkled onto the infected area and shoes and socks can be worn immediately following application.  While there’s no clear advantage to one or the other, it primarily depends on what’s most convenient for you and your situation.  Many people have found that combining both a cream or ointment medication with a powder treatment will help cure athlete’s foot.  When used in conjunction you can spread out the time of medication; foot powder during the day and cream at night. 

No matter which method of medication you choose it’s important to fully research the application and effects of the athlete’s foot treatment.  Understanding how the treatment works will allow you to use it more effectively and cure your athlete’s foot faster.  There are many resources online that can provide you with good information and with just a little bit of investigation you should be able to tell what works and what’s just marketing hype.

Athlete's Foot Treatment Resources

Desenex Antifungal Powder, Cures Athletes Foot - 3 OZ, 3 Pack
Desenex Antifungal Powder, Cures Athletes Foot - 3 OZ, 3 Pack

Probably the most loved by people who need athlete's foot cures. Incredibly effective at treating athlete's foot

 

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