Treating Athlete's Foot

If you use a targeted treatment as soon as the first signs of the infection appear, it can quickly clear up.

A topical antifungal treatment (a drug placed directly on your skin) can be a quick and easy way to combat your athlete's foot. Antifungal treatments effectively attack the main types of fungi that cause the infection, including dermatophytes. They are easy to apply and penetrate into your skin to relieve your symptoms.

The active ingredients below can be used to treat athlete’s foot:

    • Bifonazole and clotrimazole – both are antifungal.
    • Hydrocortisone – a mild corticosteroid that treats symptoms of inflamed athlete’s foot when combined with clotrimazole.

Canesten has products with each of these active ingredients. Click here to learn more.

When should you see your doctor?

Visit your doctor if you’re uncertain about your diagnosis and if your symptoms persist after treatment.

If you are pregnant or elderly, antifungal medication may not be suitable for you and you should make an appointment with your doctor to find out the best way to treat your athlete’s foot.

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Don't forget!

Even if your athlete’s foot seems like it’s clearing up, you must complete the full course of treatment to ensure the infection is treated.