Tinea Foot Treatment
Treatment for tinea pedis may include an antifungal cream or lotion, an oral antifungal medication, or a combination. Treatment duration may be as long as 4 weeks. Additional treatment may include antihistamine medication for itching. Feet should be kept clean and dry. Recurrence of the rash is common, particularly with early discontinuation of prescribed medications.
Specific treatment for tinea pedis may include:
- Feet should be kept clean and dry.
- Wear open sandals in warm weather, in order to keep feet dry.
- Wear socks while wearing closed-toe shoes:
- Socks and tennis shoes should be washed in hot soapy water.
Medications for tinea pedis include:
- Topical antifungal cream or lotion:
- Clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex)
- Ciclopirox (Loprox)
- Econazole (Spectazole)
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- Miconazole (Monistat-Derm)
- Sertaconazole (Ertaczo)
- Butenafine (Mentax)
- Naftifine (Naftin)
- Oxiconazole (Oxistat)
- Sulconazole (Exelderm)
- Terbinafine (Lamisil)
- Tolnaftate (Tinactin)
- Oral antifungal medication:
- Oral antihistamines for itching:
Tinea Foot Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of tinea pedis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having tinea pedis again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Tinea Foot Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat tinea pedis:
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