How to Treat & Prevent Athlete’s Foot


The horrible itching, redness, peeling, and burning skin that is indicative of an athlete’s foot fungal infection is obviously a condition that should be avoided. Fortunately, with some simple advice and proactive steps, you can limit contact with the microbes that cause this unsightly and often malodorous condition, and kill any lingering pests with proper foot care and antifungal medications and sprays.

Some tips to treat and prevent athlete’s foot include the following:

  • Air out your feet and shoes—Let your feet breath and dry every day by taking off your shoes and socks. Wear moisture-wicking socks and footwear made of breathable materials such as cotton, canvas, and others.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry—Some people experience extreme sweating on their feet from a condition called hyperhidrosis, which creates a moist environment that fungi love. Keep your feet as clean dry as possible and use cornstarch or baking soda in your footwear to absorb excess moisture.
  • Avoid and treat contamination—To avoid cross-contamination don’t share shoes, socks, towels, or personal care products and implements with others. Keep shower and bathroom areas clean and disinfected to prevent spreading the fungus. Use an antifungal spray on your feet and inside your footwear to kill the microbes. When using public areas like showers, locker rooms, and pools be sure to wear shower shoes or sandals to help limit your contact with microbes.

If you are experiencing itching, pain, and discomfort from fungus on your feet, make an appointment with your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.

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