Tips for Preventing and Treating Athlete's Foot

2011-06-08 09:57

Athlete’s foot can happen to anyone. Summer heat increases the risk for anyone who must wear hot enclosed shoes (construction workers, runners, base ball players, etc) or shares a shower with people who may have athletes foot (pool, gym, or even family members with athletes foot or nail fungus).

Athlete’s foot is an infection of the feet caused by fungus in the outer layer of the skin. The medical term is tinea pedis.

Athlete's foot is very contagious. It is easily passed through direct contact, or contact with items such as shoes and shower or pool surfaces.


The most common symptom of Athlete’s foot is red, itchy, cracked, flaking, peeling skin between the toes. Athlete’s foot fungus may involve both of your feet, just one foot or just a small part of your foot skin.

Seven tips to prevent Athlete’s foot:

  1. Wear sandals or flip-flops at a public shower or pool.
  2. Wash your feet and between your toes with soap every day.
  3. Dry your feet thoroughly, including between your toes after bathing or swimming.
  4. Always wear clean cotton socks in closed shoes to absorb sweat and that allow your feet to stay dry.
  5. Change your socks often to keep your feet dry. This should be done at least once a day.
  6. Dust your shoes with antifungal or drying powders (such as Zeasorb AF powder) if you are excessively susceptible to athlete’s foot, if you have excessively sweaty feet, or if you often wear hot enclosed shoes.
  7. Wear shoes that are well ventilated and, preferably, made of natural material such as leather. It may help to alternate shoes each day, so they can dry completely between wearings. Avoid plastic-lined shoes.

Three tips for treating Athlete’s Foot


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I just spoke to a friend who is a PA and she says to apply the antifungal cream for two WEEKS not two MONTHS. Maybe two months is for ppl who really have it bad though?