Athlete's Foot

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Care at Home

  • ANTIFUNGAL CREAM:   * Use an antifungal cream 2 times per day. * Examples are Lamisil, Micatin or Lotrimin cream. No prescription is needed. * Put it on the rash and 1 inch (25 mm) beyond its borders. * Continue the cream for at least 7 days after the rash is gone.
  • KEEP THE FEET DRY:   * Rinse the feet 2 times per day before using the cream. * Go barefoot or wear sandals as much as possible.   * Wear socks made of man-made fibers. They will keep the feet drier and cooler than cotton. Change them twice daily.
  • DO NOT SCRATCH: * Scratching infected feet will delay a cure. * Rinse the itchy feet in cool water for relief.
  • RETURN TO SCHOOL:   * Athlete's foot is not easily spread to others. The fungus can't grow on dry, normal skin. * Children with athlete's foot do not need to miss any school. Your child may take gym and play sports.   * The socks can be washed with the normal laundry. They don't need to be boiled.
  • JOCK ITCH PREVENTION: * The athlete's foot fungus can spread to the groin area. This is called jock itch. * The fungus can be spread by a towel or washcloth. * Therefore, after bathing, dry the groin area before the feet. * You can also use a different towel for the feet. * Do this until the athlete's foot is cured.
  • WHAT TO EXPECT: * With proper treatment, athlete's foot goes away within 2 weeks.
  • CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF: * It looks infected * Rash is not better after 1 week on treatment * Rash is not gone after 2 weeks on treatment * Your child becomes worse
  • WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: * Athlete's foot is common in teens. * It's caused by a fungus that grows best on warm, damp skin. * Here is some care advice that should help.

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