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How is athlete's foot treated?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
There are many options for treating your athlete's foot.  First, keep the feet as clean and dry as possible; try to wash and dry them thoroughly at least twice a day, use clean socks, and change shoes as necessary. Often, the  first product people try is topical antifungal medicine, which may include active ingredients like miconazole, clotrimazole, or tolnaftate. These can be  purchased without a prescription at drug stores. Topical antifungal  medications are applied directly to the affected area. They come in  several forms, including powders, sprays, creams, and lotions.

If over-the-counter medications don't solve the problem, see your  doctor. You doctor may recommend prescribe a stronger topical antifungal  medicine. Another option they might try is oral antifungal medication, such as itraconazole.

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