How do medications treat athlete's foot?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Medications treat athlete's foot by fighting tinea, the fungal infection that causes the condition. Topical medications, such as creams and ointments, contain compounds that kill tinea. Many are available without a prescription. If over-the-counter products don't work, please contact your doctor. He or she may prescribe a stronger anti-fungal topical cream, or an oral anti-fungal -- a pill or capsule that you swallow. Talk to your primary care doctor or dermatologist about the best ways for you to deal with athlete's foot. 
Antifungal medications work by killing the fungi that cause athlete's foot. Topical antifungal medications are applied directly to affected areas on the foot. Oral antifungal medications are taken by mouth.

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