Frequently Asked Questions about Athlete's Foot

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Last Updated on Aug 03, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult if I have athlete's foot?

You can consult a dermatologist for your problem.

2. Does athlete’s foot infection recur?

Yes, it can recur even after completely healing.

3. What can I do to prevent athlete’s foot?

Preventive measures of athlete’s foot include-
  • Good personal hygiene.
  • Anti-fungal powders may be used as a preventive measure if a person is susceptible to athlete's foot.
  • Drying the feet thoroughly after bathing or swimming has been shown to be the best means to prevent the disorder.
  • Avoid socks made of synthetic materials, because they can retain moisture against the skin.
  • Change the socks as frequently as needed to keep the feet dry on a daily basis. Shoes should be well ventilated and preferably of natural material such as leather, if feet perspire greatly.
  • Dry your toes thoroughly after bath and try to spend time with bare feet when you can.
  • Wear sandals or shoes when walking on moist or wet floors.
  • Don't share shoes or personal care items such as towels.

4. What are the complications of athlete’s foot?
  • Recurrence of the infection
  • Secondary bacterial infections
  • Nail infection

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A friend had athlete's foot once and he treated it with an anti-fungal cream. I forgot what's the name. But it's very effective. He is now athlete's foot free.

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