Athlete’s foot treatment

We have all suffered from athlete’s foot at one time or another. You may be surprised to find that there are different types of athlete’s treatment available. Of course, it depends on the severity and type of athlete’s foot that you suffer from, but most of the time athlete’s foot treatment can be done from the comfort of your home.

Home Treatment for Athlete’s Foot

For instance, if you have an infection that involves blisters, then a foot soak may help. Typically, for a vesicular or blister type infection, the use of Burow’s solution would be desired. Usually the length of treatment with a Burow’s solution is around three days or so. In many cases, a topical antifungal cream can be used as instructed by your physician.

While home treatment of athlete’s foot usually is quite effective, it is important to consult your physician if your symptoms worsen or do not improve.

Medical Treatment for Athlete’s Foot

The first line of defense against athlete’s foot are the over-the-counter antifungals, such as miconazole, terbinafine, as well as tolnaftate. These preparations are either applied in spray or cream form.

If those prove to be unsuccessful, your doctor might prescribe a topical antifungal medication such as Monistat, Mentax or Nafitn. Doctor can also prescribe medications in pill form. Sporanox and Diflucan are two examples of oral antifungal medications.

The most important thing to know about medication is that you must continue treatment even after your symptoms are improved! Athlete’s Foot has a high occurrence of reinfection, so if you don’t get rid of it now chances are you will have to be treated again in the future.

Preventing Athlete’s Foot

The real key in preventing athletes foot is in good overall footcare. Things such as wearing socks without your shoes, while indoors can help. Or just keeping your feet dry between toes after showering or swimming. Using cotton socks absorb the sweat from your feet is another good way to prevent athletes foot.

Of course, you can always use some type of talcum or antifungal type powder applied to your feet to prevent athletes foot. This will keep them dry and combat fungal formation.

If you have diabetes or other conditions that may make you more prone to infection, you must always treat your symptoms of athletes foot, as soon as possible. Failure to do so, could result in a severe infection of the foot that could lead up to amputation of the foot in severe cases.

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