The best Athletes foot treatment, by far, is the use of pharmaceutical cream.
Lamisil cream is by far the most effective. You can buy an enormous amount of medication from the drug store, but I found that it is the ingredients and how the cream is used that increases the effectiveness. Lamisil contains one of the highest percent of anti-fungal agent (Terbinafine).
It is so good because it is a fungicidal agent. This means that it kills off the fungus. Whereas most, if not all, other agents are fungistatic- they stop the fungus from growing rather than killing the fungus.
How you use it is quite easy. First make sure you have Athletes Foot to start with ( by checking here ), and then apply the cream to the area and leave to dry.
Easy huh?! However, where most people go wrong is the length of time you apply the cream for.
This is why I prefer Lamisil because it kills off the fungus in a shorter space of time.
If you want to use over the counter treatments- ones that you can buy at the Pharmacy, go for it. They work, might be not as quick, but they do work as long as you follow the instructions.
The best length of time is 8 days. This is actually different from the guidelines. You apply the cream until the AF has gone, which is usually within 5 days- this is the stated guidelines. However what we noticed is that sometimes the AF can come back. So what we did was to extend the application for 3 more days after the AF has disappeared. The additional days gets the spores from where the fungus grows from.
Unfortunately some people have mega amounts of Athletes foot, but there are a few things to mention:
You can also go for the 3 pronged method. This is for people who have a long standing problem and have had serious AF. Three pronged means that you attack the fungus 3 ways- so you:
Most people will do just fine with the preventative measures that have already been outlined.
Use the anti-fungal cream- this will take care of the main store of fungus
Use an anti-fungal powder within your shoes. I do not like powders on the feet for the main reason is that they don't work that well- they clump, move around and you leave half of the powder on the floor anyway. But within the shoe the powder is fine and we just need it to keep down or eliminate any fungus that might be hiding within the shoe.
Obviously we wash our socks, but at a higher temperature than normal- this will take care of any fungus, but not the spores. Spraying our socks with anti-fungus spray can help (making sure that it is colorless and does not affect the sock is a good idea). If you have a major Athletes foot problem then it might take a little bit longer than 5 days to clear up. Having said that, you should see some sort of minor resolution occurring. If you don't then make sure that it is an AF rather than something else. If you are unsure it is AF, go to a medical professional for help, or apply some AF cream onto a small “test” area and see if that clears up as stated above.
I have seen some anti-fungal treatments which are “one off”. With these you only need one application and the medication does its thing- and you don’t have to reapply.
While this is indeed a great way to treat AF, I have found that yes, it does work, initially…but it doesn’t seem to stop the fungus from coming back at a later time.
So instead of a 5-8 day treatment regime, you treat once. I believe that is how it works. But to stop the fungus from coming back, period? When I tried it, it doesn’t seem to be good at that task.
Yeast infections of the skin (and the nail) are not uncommon. Coming from Candida Albicans, yeast infections are troublesome because some of the anti-AF creams do not seem to have an affect on these fungi.
Candida usually comes secondary to a dermatophyte infection (so they occur on top of that previous infection) in between the toes.
As a side note, Candida infections within the nail present themselves as a fungus growing from the base and goes up the nail rather than growing from the tip of the nail down which fungus dermatophytes do.
A severe Candida infection is uncommon but presents as a chronic condition when the patient is in childhood, affecting the mouth, skin and nails. In the foot it is associated with hard skin areas and thickened nails.
To treat Yeast infections, you are looking for the component “imidazole”. In the UK a brand preparation called Canesten is available. Its active ingredient is 1% Clotrimazole.In the US for example, there is Lotrimin:
Now, I mention creams a lot and some people might be a little worried about using a "pharmaceutical". So is their any natural remedies for Athletes Foot? Well, luckily, there is!