Frequently Asked Questions About Athlete's Foot

How do I treat athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot is a very common skin infection caused by fungus, and you can treat it easily with an anti-fungal medicine applied directly onto the infected area. There are several Canesten products available to treat your athlete’s foot. Click here to find out about our athlete’s foot products.

If I ignore it, will it go away on its own?

Unfortunately not. Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection which requires treatment with anti-fungal medicine. The earlier you treat it the sooner it will clear up. For information on treating athlete’s foot simply and effectively, visit our athlete’s foot treatment page.

How long does the treatment take?

Depending on the product, recommended treatment time varies: Treatment with Canesten 1% cream takes up to 4 weeks and after symptoms disappears treatment should be continued for another 2 weeks to eradicate the problem. If there are no improvement after 4 weeks of application, please consult your doctor. Treatment with Canesten HC Cream should be limited to a maximum of 7 days, if symptoms do not improve please consult your doctor.

Can I continue exercising if I have athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot shouldn’t stop you from exercising, though you should stay away from communal activities like swimming in order to help prevent spreading the infection. When exercising, you should wear cotton socks and in changing rooms you should wear flip flops or sandals. After exercising, be sure to properly clean and dry your feet, wash your socks in hot water and let your shoes dry after wearing them.

How do I prevent athlete’s foot in future?

There are a few simple steps you can take to lower your risk of getting athlete’s foot. The most important measure you can take is to keep your feet clean and dry, especially after spending time in public changing rooms, pools or showers. Click here for more tips on prevention.



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