Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is a common skin infection that affects the toes and feet. It is caused by a fungus and usually occurs when feet are continually in a moist environment, such as excessive trainer or sock wearing.


Symptoms of athlete's foot include itching, stinging, and burning between the toes and on the soles of the feet, as well as scaling, flaking, and sometimes blistering. It is highly contagious and can be spread when walking on contaminated objects and floors, such as a communal shower area.


When athlete's foot is caused by a fungus, it is usually mild and can be easily treated with antifungal medications, which are widely available from pharmacies without the need of a prescription.


Our Advice

  • Wash your feet morning and night.
  • Dry your feet well, particularly in between the toes.
  • Use a separate towel for the affected area.
  • Wear a clean pair of cotton socks each day.
  • Use the preferred treatment for the stipulated time. Ask our pharmacist if you are unsure.
  • Use athlete's foot powder to prevent re-infection.
  • Diabetics should ask the pharmacist to check their feet before treatment.
  • If symptoms do not improve in 3 months, ask our pharmacist for advice.

Products we recommend for this condition are:

  • Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream 15g - Directions: The cream should be evenly and thinly applied twice daily to the affected part and rubbed in gently.  Contains Clotrimazole 150mg (1% w/w) and Hydrocortisone 150mg (1% w/w).  Do not use: on areas of broken or infected skin, on large areas of skin, on shingles, chickenpox or rosacea, on the face, eyes, mouth or mucus membranes including the vagina, vulva, penis or scrotum, on areas of skin affected by eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis, if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast feeding.  Not recommended for use on children under 10 years. For external use only. If your symptoms persist for more than 7 days or you have any other symptoms, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Keep out of the reach of children. Always read the label. Do not cover treated area with a dressing or bandage. Do not use on large areas or on broken skin. Keep out of reach of children.
  • Daktarin Aktiv Cream 15g - Directions: Wash the infected skin and dry it well. Apply cream to affected area twice daily. Continue to use the cream for 10 days after symptoms have cleared to prevent them coming back.  If symptoms persist or irritation occurs, consult our pharmacist or your doctor.  Please read the enclosed leaflet before use.  Contains Miconazole.  For external use only. Do not use if you are allergic to Daktarin Aktiv Cream. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding you should talk to your doctor before using the cream. If you are taking certain medicines that are used to slow down blood clotting, contact your doctor who may wish to check if they are working correctly. Keep out of reach of children. Always read the label.

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