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How to get Rid of Athlete's Foot

Updated on November 10, 2011

How to get Rid of Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is an unsightly and annoying fungal skin infection, which normally appears on the foot, and which can be hard to get rid of fully. It has a tendency to reappear and cause further discomfort when you least expect it. A huge industry of different products has sprung up around curing athlete's foot, most of which are fairly useless.

As athlete's foot has a tendency to spread and to be internalized (leading to the need for antibiotics), it is an infection that is not to be taken lightly. What follows is an article on how to get rid of athlete's foot, covering the easiest methods, and making sure you don't get it again. As athlete's foot is a medical concern, it is best if you also consult a doctor.

First Steps

The first thing to do is to confirm that you are actually dealing with athlete's foot. Usually it's easy enough to tell, but occasionally, when in doubt, you may need to get some medical testing done. These tests are usually fairly simple and fast to perform, and don't require any kind of invasive activities.

Source

In all cases, I strongly advise against using any kind of moisturising creams, gels, or lotions. While these can help with the itch, they usually cause the fungus to thrive, leading to a longer and more complicated infection.


Treatment

If you manage to spot the infection early on, when it is still very small, it is quite easy to get rid of. As it is a fungal infection, the easiest method to kill it is to deprive it of water. Make sure your feet are always dry, and use talcum powder in order to suck up the moisture that you sweat. It might be worthwhile to use a topical antifungal medication at this point already.

If the infection is slightly larger, the same as the above applies - make sure the foot is always dry and clean. In addition to this, you may want to treat the area with a topical antifungal medication. Usually this takes the form of a cream to be applied twice-daily over the area. As the athlete's foot hasn't spread yet, this should kill it off quite nicely. Please note that this kind of treatment should be extended a few weeks after the symptoms have faded. Read the label and make sure to follow the instructions.

If the infection covers a large area, or has spread to other areas of the body, please see a medical professional immediately. It is likely that you will have to take an antibiotic to take care of the infection.

Prevention

Athlete's foot is fairly easy to get, and is thus considered a communicable disease. Usually, infections come from walking barefoot in moist surroundings like locker rooms, from sharing towels and other bathwear, and also from sharing footwear such as flip-flops and socks or shoes. Thus, in order to avoid getting athlete's foot, simply make sure to wear your own flip-flops, keep your feet as dry as possible, and avoid sharing either towels or shoes.

If you suspect the infection came from another source, or even within your home, give the shower and bathroom a good clean, and make sure that all surfaces that are walked on barefoot are clean and dry.

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      Scott P Williams 

      4 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Stay off high amounts of sugar and use kyolic garlic, you'll more or less be rid of the problem.

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