What can I buy in the drug store to help athletes feet

(Last Updated: Aug 31, 2009)
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Athlete’s foot is one of the common skin infections to be caused by parasitic fungi. The infection typically develops in the moist crevices and areas between the toes and at times even other parts of the foot. The fungal infection is not a great health risk but if neglected can become problematic as it becomes harder to treat and can spread to various other parts. The infection is called tinea pedis and the fungi responsible belong to the same group responsible for a variety of common fungal infections like ringworm, jock itch and toenail fungus. All of these infections are caused by dermatophytes.

Athlete’s foot can cause a variety of symptoms although it is not necessary for you to have any symptoms at all. In most cases there is an itchy, burning and stinging sensation between the toes and on the soles of the feet. There may also be itch blisters and the skin would very likely crack and peel, mostly between the toes and on the sides of the feet. Excessive dryness of the feet is also a common symptom and there may even be a thickening and crumbly appearance of the nails.

In a mild case of athlete’s foot you can simply use over the counter applications for the treatment of the condition. Although in many ailments natural remedies are effective and prove a viable alternative this is not really the case when dealing with fungal infections like toenail fungus. Fungi thrive in moist and warm environments like those in shoes and socks and the important strategy would therefore be to maintain the highest levels of personal hygiene, while employing medical treatments. Almost all drugstores have antifungal medications that can be sold without a prescription. You can use antifungal creams, sprays, ointments and powders.

Always used these medicated applications and ointments after cleansing the area thoroughly. For a wash too, try using gentle antibacterial or antifungal soaps. Follow the cleansing routine twice a day and always dry your feet thoroughly before donning any footwear. Dusting on some antifungal powder before wearing any footwear would be a good idea.

Fungal infections are also extremely contagious so it would be prudent to maintain the strictest personal hygiene and avoid sharing any foot wear or other personal items. Also avoid walking barefoot. If the treatment and self care measure show no results within a few weeks, make it a point to visit your doctor.

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