Athlete’s Foot Information

Tinea pedis, commonly known as athlete’s foot, is caused when various types of fungus invade the skin. It usually occurs between the toes but can also occur on the bottom and sides of the feet. It is contagious.

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What Causes Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete's foot is most commonly contracted by coming into contact with affected areas of a person or an object/surface that has a fungus on it. Walking barefoot in locker rooms, around public pools or in shower areas may increase the risk of contracting athlete's foot.

People are most susceptible to athlete's foot when their feet are sweating or lack proper ventilation. Shoes create the ideal environment for fungus growth, as they can keep the feet warm and moist.

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Athlete’s Foot Symptoms

Athlete's foot can present as any one or a combination of these symptoms:

Treat Athlete’s Foot

Tinactin® offers a full line of products to treat athlete's foot.
Treatment directions vary by product. Follow directions on the package.

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How do I prevent athlete’s foot?

Using Tinactin® athlete's foot products as directed should be your first line of defense for preventing athlete's foot, but here are some other tips and tricks to help prevent it as well.

  • Wash your feet daily with soap.
  • Keep your feet dry, especially between toes.
  • Use foot powder to wick out moisture and reduce perspiration.
  • Alternate your shoes to ensure they stay dry.
  • Avoid walking barefoot in public areas.
  • Always wear shoes, flip-flops or sandals in locker rooms or community shower areas.
  • Make sure your shoes fit correctly and are well-ventilated.
  • Wear socks that keep your feet dry, and change socks often.
  • Change shoes and socks each day or more often when they get wet.
  • Never share shoes or towels with others.