Are the feet especially painful when walking?
Is the irritation getting worse in spite of treatment?
Is the skin bleeding?
Are you a diabetic?
ACTIVITIES: Expose your feet to the air more often by wearing sandals and going barefoot at home. Change your socks or hose every day or more frequently if they get wet. Don't wear socks to bed. Don't walk barefoot where others do. Wash your feet every day. Carefully dry your feet, including between the toes, after bathing. Throw away worn out shoes. Don't wear other people's shoes or socks.
MEDICATIONS: There are several anti-fungal powders and creams that are available over-the-counter. Use Tinactin, clotrimazole, or miconazole as directed on the package.
DIET: No changes in the diet are needed.
CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. There is no improvement in 2 weeks.
2. The skin develops excessive scaliness, cracks, blisters, or bleeding.
3. Walking is painful.
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