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Health Tip: Treating Athlete's Foot

-- Athlete's foot is a fungal infection, usually causing itching and redness between the toes. It's commonly contracted in locker rooms and other moist, warm areas where fungi like to grow.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers this list of possible treatment and prevention regimens:

  • Topical antifungal creams, sprays or ointments.
  • Oral antifungal drugs.
  • Fungicidal chemicals may work, but may not penetrate deeply enough into the skin.
  • Washing the feet thoroughly and frequently, being sure to carefully dry between the toes.
  • Keeping feet dry with a powder inside shoes and socks.
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Posted: November 2009