How to Treat Athlete's Foot

How to Treat Athlete's Foot

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      How to Treat Athlete's Foot

      Over-the-counter antifungal creams are sufficient for treating most cases of athlete's foot. Apply them as directed to the toes and foot. Common brands include clotrimazole (Lotrimin) and terbinafine (Lamasil).

      If the topical antifungal medications do not clear up the infection, your doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal medication.

      If you are unsure of your diagnosis and/or you plan to visit a physician within the next month, the application of 1% hydrocortisone cream purchased over the counter would be a reasonable therapeutic tactic. Since many of the causes of foot dermatosis are not infections, they may respond to this medication. Moreover, it will enhance your doctor's ability to find fungal organisms should they be the cause.

      Creams, gels and sprays for fungal infections are available from pharmacies without a prescription. All of these products contain a drug that stops the growth of the fungus or kills it.

      Many of the more commonly used products contain drugs known as allylamines or azoles.

      • The allylamines include terbinafine and naftifine.
      • The azoles include bifonazole, clotrimazole, miconazole and oxiconazole.

      Exactly how the treatment is used, and how long they have to be used for, depends on the product. Some products only need to be applied once a day, others have to be put on the affected skin twice a day. Most products have to be used for three to six weeks. Products that contain terbinafine are an exception. They often only have to be used once a day for one week.

      Information from https://www.emedicinehealth.com/ website

      Information from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ website


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