Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection that affects the feet. You can usually treat it with creams, sprays or powders from a pharmacy, but it can keep coming back.

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection that affects the feet. You can usually treat it with creams, sprays or powders from a pharmacy, but it can keep coming back. Check if you have an Athlete's Foot

Symptoms Include

  • Itchy white patches between your toes.
  • Red, sore and flaky patches on your feet.
  • Skin that may crack and bleed.
  • Unusually sweaty Feet


  • How to treat Athlete;s Foot at home If you go to a GP, they'll usually suggest you try these things first.

    Things to do
  • dry your feet after washing them, particularly between your toes – dab them dry rather than rubbing them
  • use a separate towel for your feet and wash it regularly
  • take your shoes off when at home
  • wear clean socks every day – cotton socks are best


  • Things not to do
  • do not scratch affected skin – this can spread it to other parts of your body
  • do not walk around barefoot – wear flip-flops in places like changing rooms and showers
  • do not share towels, socks or shoes with other people
  • do not wear the same pair of shoes for more than 2 days in a row
  • do not wear shoes that make your feet hot and sweaty


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