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The symptoms of athlete's foot can greatly interfere with your everyday routine. Fortunately, many cases of athlete's foot can be successfully treated simply with over-the-counter medications. CVS can help you purchase the topical medicine that your health care provider recommends with this diverse assortment of products. You can shop online have athlete's foot creams, lotions, ointments, sprays and powders delivered discreetly to your door.

What Is Athlete's Foot?

Athlete's foot, or tinea pedis, is an infection of the skin caused by fungus. The fungal organisms thrive in warm, dark and moist environments like locker rooms, showers and swimming pools. You may get athlete's foot by coming in contact with the fungi by walking barefoot. Symptoms of athlete's foot may include dry-looking skin, itching, scaling or peeling of the skin, redness and swelling and blisters. Often, athlete's foot begins between the toes and then spreads to other parts of the foot.

Over-the-Counter Medicine for Athlete's Foot

Most cases of athlete's foot can be treated with over-the-counter medications that are applied directly to the skin. Common active ingredients in athlete's foot products include butenafine hydrochloride, clotrimazole, terbinafine hydrochloride, tolnaftate, miconazole and undecylenic acid. All of these medicationsmay relieve signs and symptoms associated with the infection.

Comparing Forms

In addition to comparing the active ingredients of athlete's foot treatments, you should also consider the forms of the products. Using creams, lotions and ointments that you apply directly to the feet help to ensure that you do not miss any affected skin. Sprays can simplify application and are preferred by some people because they dry quickly after application. Powders help to absorb moisture, promoting drier skin and disrupting the environment that allows fungi to flourish. In some cases, your health care provider may tell you to use an athlete's foot powder even after the infection clears in order to reduce the risk of reoccurrence.

Important Advice

If you have never had athlete's foot before, it is a good idea to consult a medical provider for a diagnosis before you begin using an athlete's foot treatment at home to ensure that your symptoms are due to a fungal infection. A medical professional can recommend the best topical athlete's foot product for your needs. You should also let your health care provider know if athlete's foot symptoms persist for longer than two weeks or worsen despite the use of an over-the-counter athlete's foot medication. Only use the product that you purchase as directed by the manufacturer unless you receive other advice from your health care provider.

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