Can you treat athlete’s foot at home?

Athlete’s foot is a persistent fungus that can be hard to eliminate. Your best chance of treating it at home is to discover it early before it invades hard-callused skin that topical medications can’t reach. Since it often begins with redness and peeling skin between the toes, it is important to check them often for signs of infection.

Over-the-counter antifungal creams, lotions, sprays, and powders may get rid of a mild infection if used consistently according to directions. At the same time, keep your feet clean to elimination a secondary bacterial infection. Also wear breathable shoes and change socks at least once a day to keep your feet dry.

It goes without saying that you should wear foot protection in damp public places where the fungus thrives. No sense fighting off an infection if you just pick it up again. The same reason applies for treating your shoes as well as your feet with antifungal medications.

If the infection doesn’t improve in a couple of weeks, contact Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center in Lakewood or Wheat Ridge, CO. Call (303) 423-2520 or request an appointment online. We’ll check it out and prescribe stronger medication that can help.