Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection that affects the skin between the toes. It is caused by a fungus called dermatophytes. The condition can be treated with medications, over-the-counter treatments, and home remedies.
The best athlete's foot treatment is dependent on the type of athlete's foot you have, what you are willing to put up with, how much money you want to spend and how much time you want to spend treating it.
Having said that, here are the most effective treatment options:
Trihard’s Active Foot Soak isn’t medication like some of the other products on this list, however, some of its active ingredients have been proven to help treat athlete’s foot.
For example, studies have found that sea salts have strong antibacterial and antifungal properties making it a great natural treatment for athlete’s foot and any complications it could cause.
The tea tree oil in its formulation is known to kill some types of bacteria and fungus.
In a 2002 study, two different concentrations of tea tree oil were compared to a placebo in treating athletes' foot. After four weeks, 70% of the people in both tea tree oil groups reported improved symptoms. As you can see, it’s a good option for treating athlete’s foot.
These two ingredients in its formulation make it an effective option for treating athlete’s foot.
Lotrimin AF Athlete's Foot Liquid Spray is over-the-counter antifungal medication. This is one of our top choices because it works well and it's easy to use.
The spray formula makes it easy to penetrate between toes to provide effective relief. It treats ringworm and yeast infections of the foot, body, and groin. This product contains clotrimazole, which inhibits fungus growth.
If you want something more soothing, try this before bedtime or after bathing. Lamisil Athlete's Foot Antifungal Cream relieves the discomfort caused by athlete's foot symptoms and helps fight the infection at the same time.
Due to its soothing properties, it is ideal for dry, scaly, cracked, infected skin, and inflamed and tender areas. The product eliminates athlete's foot after seven days of daily application.
If you prefer powder presentations, this is the option for you. Zeasorb Antifungal Powder helps to treat athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm by absorbing moisture and sweat.
Zeasorb Antifungal prevents bacteria and fungi from growing while reducing rash and chafing risk.
Tinactin is another effective option that absorbs moisture and controls odors. With Tinactin Antifungal Powder Spray, you can treat feet against itching, burning, and cracked skin quickly and effectively.
Spray application is convenient, quick, and no-touch. It contains tolnaftate, which inhibits fungus growth.
Having no talcum powder and being clear makes this product ideal for people who don't want to make a mess when applying. It contains baking soda to absorb moisture and sweat.
The podiatrist Priya Parthasarathy recommends these medicated foot towels because they contain tolnaftate, a potent antifungal.
Smooth AF cleans, conditions, revitalizes, and protects feet. This product does not contain alcohol or parabens.