Athlete’s foot (Tinea pedis) is a very common skin infection caused by a fungus.
Topical terbinaﬁne cream requires only 1 to 2 weeks of treatment but is more expensive than imidazole creams. There is also a single use product available.
Tolnaftates act by reducing the growth of fungus and can be used in conjunction with Imidazole creams.
Salicylic and Benzoic acid combined are able to penetrate the skin by removing surface hard skin.
If symptoms do not improve after the recommended treatment time it is advisable to see your GP who may prescribe antifungal tablets particularly if the infection has spread to the nails.
Diabetics are more prone to developing an infection in addition to athlete’s foot and should always consult a GP.
- Wash your feet daily.
- Dry thoroughly especially between the toes.
- Try to not let your feet get sweaty and avoid wearing thick socks or tight shoes in warm weather.
- Change your socks or tights daily. Wear socks and shoes made from natural materials.
- Wear plastic shoes or ﬂip ﬂops in public showers, changing rooms and around pools.
- Do not share towels.
- Air’ your feet as often as you can.
The information provided on this website does not replace medical advice.
If you want to find out more, or are worried about any medical issue or symptoms that you may be experiencing, please contact our pharmacist or see your doctor.