Athlete's Foot - Topic Overview
Most of the time,
a doctor can tell that you have athlete's foot by looking at your feet. He or
she will also ask about your symptoms and any past fungal infections you may
have had. If your athlete's foot looks unusual, or if treatment did not help
you before, your doctor may take a skin or nail sample to test for
Not all skin problems on the foot are athlete's foot. If
you think you have athlete's foot but have never had it before, it's a good
idea to have your doctor look at it.
You can treat most cases of
athlete's foot at home with over-the-counter lotion, cream, or spray. For bad
cases, your doctor may give you a prescription for pills or for medicine you
put on your skin. Use the medicine for as long as your doctor tells you to.
This will help make sure that you get rid of the infection. You also need to
keep your feet clean and dry. Fungi need wet, warm places to grow.
You can do some things so you don't get athlete's foot again. Wear shower
sandals in shared areas like locker rooms, and use talcum powder to help keep
your feet dry. Wear sandals or roomy shoes made of materials that allow
moisture to escape.