Get answers to the most-asked questions about athlete’s foot, jock itch and ringworm.
Q: Can I get athlete's foot if I’ve already had it before?
A: Yes, you can get athlete's foot even if you’ve previously had it and treated the infection. If you are exposed to the fungi again, you can develop another athlete’s foot infection.
Q: How does LamisilAT® work?
A: After completing the 7 day treatment, LamisilAT® stays in your skin to provide protection for up to 3 months.
Q: How long should I treat my athlete's foot?
A: An antifungal like LamisilAT® acts quickly to treat athlete’s foot. For athlete’s foot between the toes, treat twice a day (morning and night) for one week or as directed by a doctor. For athlete’s foot on the bottom or sides of the feet, apply twice a day (morning and night) for 2 weeks or as directed by a doctor. Follow the entire course of treatment for as long as directed, even if your symptoms disappear. Not treating for the amount of time recommended puts you at risk for reinfection.
Q: What happens after I stop treating my feet with LamisilAT®?
A: The terbinafine in LamisilAT® stays in the skin up to 3 weeks after treatment has stopped and provides protection for up to 3 months.
Q: How common is athlete's foot?
A: Athlete’s foot is a common, treatable condition that affects 1 in 5 people at some point in their lives.
Q: Is athlete's foot caused by skin infections?
A: Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin on your feet.
Q: What does athlete's foot look like?
A: Athlete’s foot causes peeling, redness and cracked skin on the soles of the feet and between the toes. Other symptoms include blistering, oozing and raw, inflamed skin. To see examples of what athlete’s foot looks like, see the Athlete’s Foot Symptom Page.
Q: Can athlete's foot spread to other parts of my body?
A: Yes. Athlete’s foot can spread to your hands from scratching or picking at skin. It can also be spread by touching infected sheets, towels or clothes. Touching other areas on your body after itching can spread the infection to your torso, groin, or other areas.
Q: Is athlete's foot contagious?
A: Yes. The fungi that causes athlete's foot is very contagious. You can contract the infection – and spread it to others – from touching infected skin, surfaces or materials.
Q: Is athlete's foot a fungal infection?
A: Yes, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection known as tinea pedis. It is caused by mold-like fungi called dermatophytes that reproduce on the skin. In many cases, the fungi will not go away on its own and must be treated with a topical antifungal treatment like LamisilAT®.
Q: What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?
A: Athlete's foot symptoms can vary somewhat from person to person. The following are the most common symptoms of athlete's foot:
• Itching, burning or stinging on the soles of your feet or between your toes
• White, wet-looking skin in between your toes
• Flaky or cracked skin, or small tears (fissures) on your feet or between your toes
• Redness, rash, blisters or oozing on the skin of your foot
• Thick, dry, scaly skin on the bottom of your feet (chronic, moccasin type athlete’s foot)
Q: Can I prevent athlete’s foot?
A: Yes. Regular foot care can help prevent athlete’s foot:
• Thoroughly washing and drying your feet every day
• Avoid wearing the same shoes every day so shoes can dry out
• Wear a clean pair of cotton or wool socks every day
• LamisilAF Defense® Spray Powder helps keep your feet dry to prevent athlete's foot
• Wear shower shoes, flip-flops, or sandals when walking around pools, gyms, shower or locker areas
Q: Is athlete's foot eliminated when my symptoms disappear?
A: No. This is a common misconception that often leads to recurring infections. It is important to follow the entire 7 days of treatment, even if symptoms disappear.
Q: Can athlete's foot be cured?
A: Yes. Most cases of athlete's foot can be cured with LamisilAT®. A small percentage of sufferers have a chronic infection, which requires prolonged and more extensive treatment. If you suspect you have a chronic infection, talk to your doctor.
Q: Am I definitely infected if I come into contact with the fungi that causes athlete's foot?
A: No. Just because you may have come in contact with the fungi that causes athlete's foot does not mean that you will be infected. However, if you think you have come in contact with the fungi, you should follow these guidelines for good foot care and watch out for any of the common symptoms.
Q: Can proper foot care prevent fungal infection?
A: Yes! Athlete's foot prevention begins with good, regular foot care. Good foot care includes:
• Thoroughly washing and drying your feet
• Avoiding wearing the same shoes every day so your shoes stay dry
• Wear a clean pair of cotton socks every day
• Use LamisilAF® Defense® Spray Powder to help keep your feet dry
• Wear shower shoes, flip-flops, or sandals when walking around pools, gyms, shower or locker areas
Q: Can routine foot care treat skin infections?
A: No. A fungal infection like athlete’s foot should be treated with antifungal medication. Routine foot care can help prevent infection, but it will not treat infection if you have already contracted athlete’s foot.
Q: How often can I use LamisilAF Defense® spray powder to prevent athlete's foot?
A: To prevent athlete's foot, apply LamisilAF Defense® spray powder once or twice daily (morning and/or night) for 4 weeks. You should not use LamisilAF Defense® for longer than directed.
Q: When is the best time to apply LamisilAT®?
A: LamisilAT® should be applied in the morning and at night. Feet should be clean and dry, so directly after a bath or shower is a good time to apply LamisilAT® treatments.
Q: What are LamisilAF Defense® side effects?
A: Stop use and ask a doctor if irritation gets worse or there’s no improvement of the fungal infection within 4 weeks.
Q: What does jock itch look like?
A: Jock itch appears around the thigh, groin and anus as red raised, scaly patches that may blister and ooze. It may also cause abnormally dark or light skin.To see examples of what jock itch looks like, see the Examples of Jock Itch.
Q: What causes jock itch?
A: Jock itch is caused by dermatophytes, the same fungi that causes athlete’s foot and ringworm.
Q: Can I get jock itch through sexual contact?
A: Yes. Jock itch can be transmitted through any contact with infected skin.
Q: What kind of underwear is best for avoiding Jock Itch?
A: Loose fitting clothing and breathable materials can keep you drier throughout the day. Choose boxers over briefs.
Q: How long does jock itch last?
A: Most jock itch can be cured in 7 days of treatment with LamisilAT® Cream for Jock Itch or LamisilAT® Spray for Jock Itch.
Q: Is jock itch a skin infection?
A: Yes. Jock itch is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin of the genitals, inner thighs, and buttocks.
Q: What are jock itch symptoms?
A: Jock itch symptoms include itching, red raised scaly patches that may blister and ooze. Jock itch may cause abnormally dark or light skin.
Q: How does LamisilAT® Jock Itch Cream treat jock itch?
A: LamisilAT® Jock Itch Cream is a prescription-strength Over-the-counter(OTC) jock itch treatment formulated with terbinafine, a powerful active ingredient which kills the fungi.
Q: Can I prevent jock itch?
A: You can reduce your risk of a jock itch infection by keeping the area clean and dry after showering or exercising, changing your underwear or jock strap at least once a day, and not sharing towels or other personal items.
Q: Can I get jock itch from soft surfaces or material?
A: Yes. Avoid sharing sheets, towels, clothing or other personal items with someone who has a jock itch infection.
Q: Is ringworm caused by a worm?
A: No. Ringworm gets its name because of its circular appearance. Ringworm is not caused by a worm. It is a fungal infection.
Q: Who can get ringworm?
A: Anyone can get ringworm, but it is more common in children. If you think your child has ringworm, see your doctor.
Q: Can I use LamisilAT® on my kids?
A: LamisilAT® is only approved for use on children over 12. See your doctor for treatment options for younger kids.
Q: What product do I use for Ringworm?
A: Athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm are caused by the same group of fungi called dermatophytes. Use LamisilAT® cream to treat ringworm. It is the same product used to treat athlete’s foot.
Q: What does ringworm look like on people?
A: Ringworm is characterized by a distinctive red circular skin rash with clearer skin in the middle. See the ringworm symptoms to see images.
Q: What does ringworm look like on animals?
A: Ringworm looks like circular patches of missing or thinned fur or hair on animals.
Q: Is ringworm contagious?
A: Yes. Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection that spreads by direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or animal.
Q: How does LamisilAT® treat ringworm?
A: LamisilAT® treats ringworm with terbinafine, a powerful fungicide that kills the fungi.
Q: How can I prevent ringworm?
A: Wash your hands often; wear clean, breathable clothing, and avoid infected animals. Avoid sharing towels, clothing or other personal times with someone who has ringworm.
Q: Can I get ringworm from my pet?
A: Yes. You can contract ringworm by touching an animal with ringworm.
Q: What are the symptoms of ringworm?
A: Ringworm initially appears as flat scaly area on the skin, which may be red and itchy. This area develops a slightly raised border that expands outward to form a circular ring. The contours of the ring may be irregular and the interior of the ring may be clear, scaly or marked with red bumps. In some cases, several rings develop at the same time and may overlap. Go to the ringworm symptoms page to see what it looks like.
Q: What parts of my body can get infected by ringworm?
A: Ringworm may appear on the torso, hands, arms and legs.
Q: Is ringworm a skin infection?
A: Yes. Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection of the skin.
Q: What happens if I don’t treat ringworm?
A: Leaving ringworm untreated may lead to a secondary bacterial infection called cellulitis. Symptoms of ringworm usually respond well to LamisilAT® topical antifungal treatment used once a day for one week.