Wear leather shoes or sandals that allow your feet to
When indoors, wear socks without shoes.
cotton socks to absorb sweat. Change your socks twice a day. (White socks do
not prevent athlete's foot, as some people believe.)
Use talcum or
antifungal powder on your feet.
Allow your shoes to air for at
least 24 hours before you wear them again.
Wearing shower sandals in public pools and
If you have athlete's foot, dry your groin area before your
feet after bathing. Also, put on your socks before your underwear. This can
prevent fungi from spreading from your feet to your groin, which may cause
jock itch. For more information about jock itch, see the topic
Ringworm of the Skin.
Tips to prevent athlete's foot recurrence
Always finish the full course of any antifungal
medicine (cream or pills). Live fungi remain on your skin for days after your
symptoms have disappeared. The chances of killing athlete's foot are greatest
when you treat it for the prescribed period of time.
clothes in soapy, warm water may not kill the fungi that cause athlete's foot.
Use hot water and bleach to increase the chance of killing fungi on your
You can help prevent recurrence of a
toe web infection by using powder to keep your feet dry, using lamb's wool
between the toes (to separate them), and wearing wider, roomier shoes that have
not been infected by fungi. Lamb's wool is available at most pharmacies or foot