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Prevent Athlete's Foot

You may be able to prevent athlete's foot:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Dry between your toes after swimming or bathing. Use a hair dryer.
  • Wear shoes or sandals that allow air to circulate around your feet.
  • Use talcum powder or an antifungal powder on your feet.
  • Allow shoes to dry for 24 hours before you wear them again.
  • Wear socks to absorb sweat. White socks do not prevent athlete's foot.
  • Wear a clean pair of socks every day.
  • Wear thongs or shower sandals in public pools and showers.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as of March 12, 2014

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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