How to Prevent Athlete's Foot

While athlete's foot (tinea pedis) is a highly common fungal infection, it can easily be prevented with routine foot care and these tips for keeping your feet healthy.

Here's what you need to know about how to prevent athlete's foot:

  • Keep feet clean by washing them with soap and warm water, then drying thoroughly.
  • Ensure your feet and toes are well ventilated, allowing air to circulate between toes.
  • Wash socks, towels and other clothing in hot water and don't share clothing or towels.
  • Use an antifungal spray or powder in footwear to prevent athlete's foot taking hold.

LamisilAT products are proven to cure most athlete's foot between the toes with 7 days of treatment.

Athlete's Foot Prevention — How to Stop Tinea Pedis

Athlete's foot prevention - choose the right shoes

Choose the right shoes.

Opt for sneakers, sandals and shoes that allow your feet to breathe.

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Choose the right shoes.

Opt for sneakers, sandals and shoes that allow your feet to breathe.

Wear clean socks to help Prevent Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)

Add a layer of protection.

Always wear clean socks with your shoes to absorb excess sweat and moisture.

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Add a layer of protection.

Always wear clean socks with your shoes to absorb excess sweat and moisture.

Allow shoes to air dry for 24 hours to help stop athlete's foot (tinea pedis)

Alternate your footwear.

Give your shoes a chance to air dry for 24 hours before wearing them again.

Change up your shoes.

Give your shoes a chance to air dry for 24 hours before wearing them again.

Dry feet and between toes thoroughly before putting on socks or shoes

Dry thoroughly.

After swimming or bathing, be sure to thoroughly dry the area between your toes before putting on socks or shoes.

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Dry thoroughly.

After swimming or bathing, be sure to thoroughly dry the area between your toes before putting on socks or shoes.

fter swimming or bathing, be sure to thoroughly dry the area between your toes before putting on socks or shoes.

Be proactive.

If your feet sweat more than average, use LamisilAF Defense Spray Powder to absorb the excess moisture.

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Be proactive.

If your feet sweat more than average, use LamisilAF Defense Spray Powder to absorb the excess moisture.

How to Prevent Athlete's Foot — Do's & Don'ts

DO:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry, especially between your toes.
  • Wash your feet thoroughly with soap and warm water, then dry the area carefully. This is especially important to do after exercising at the gym or a work shift wearing protective shoes. Using a hair dryer on a low heat setting can help dry the area between your toes where moisture tends to collect.
  • Choose well fitted and ventilated shoes that let your feet breathe, especially in hot weather. Canvas and leather shoes are best. Avoid shoes made from synthetic materials such as plastic and rubber as they are more likely to make your feet sweat.
  • Use LamisilAF Defense Spray Powder on your feet to absorb excess moisture caused by sweating.
  • Put your socks on before your underwear to prevent the fungus spreading to uninfected areas.
  • Wash socks, bedding and towels in hot water — ideally 60ºC in the washing machine — to kill foot fungus spores.
  • Use LamisilAF Defense Spray Powder on the insides of your shoes to kill fungus spores.
  • Unpack and disinfect gym and workout bags regularly to avoid infected clothing transmitting the fungus. Thoroughly clean inside the bag using a diluted solution of chlorine bleach and water. Leave to air dry completely before using again.

DONT:

  • Walk barefoot in gyms, locker rooms, public showers, hotel rooms and around swimming pools. The foot fungus that causes athlete’s foot may be on the floor, so always wear sandals, flip flops or shower shoes.
  • Forget to change your socks every day and more often if you sweat a lot. Always wear clean, dry socks made from cotton or other natural fibers that draw excess moisture away from the skin.
  • Wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Alternate shoes so they have a chance to air dry and change shoes twice a day if you sweat heavily.
  • Leave your shoes on when at home — remove them to allow your feet to breathe.
  • Use the same towel to dry infected and uninfected areas. Wash towels with detergent or a solution of diluted bleach and hot water.
  • Share towels, bed linens or shoes if you live with someone who has athlete’s foot.
  • Scratch or pick the infected area as this can spread the fungus to other parts of the body.
  • Wear damp clothes, especially socks. Ensure clothes are fully dry before wearing them.

Athlete's Foot Treatment Options

Use as directed

LamisilAT Cream

Full prescription strength. Proven to cure most athlete's foot with 1-week of treatment.*

*When used as directed.

Use as directed

LamisilAT Spray

The only 1-week (twice-a-day) athlete's foot spray. Liquid spray for easy, no-touch application.

Use as directed

LamisilAF Defense Spray Powder

Relieves athlete's foot symptoms while absorbing wetness.