Athlete’s Foot

Also indexed as:Fungal Infection (Foot), Tinea Pedis
Athlete’s foot? The toes will tell you. A persistent, burning itch between the toes can send you running for relief. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Athlete’s foot? The toes will tell you. A persistent, burning itch between the toes can send you running for relief. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Fight the fungus

    Use over-the-counter antifungal creams, powders, and sprays like tolnaftate (Tinactin), terbinafine (Lamisil AT), and miconazole (Micatin) as directed

  • Keep it dry

    To discourage fungal growth, dry feet thoroughly after showering or bathing, use foot powders, and change socks frequently

  • Let your feet see the light

    Wear sandals or other open footwear to expose skin to sunlight’s antifungal effects

  • Try tea tree oil

    Apply a 10% herbal concentration in a cream base as a natural alternative to antifungal medications

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