Athlete's Foot (cont.)
There is no surgical treatment for athlete's foot (tinea pedis).
Tea tree oil or garlic (ajoene) may help prevent or treat athlete's foot (tinea pedis) fungi. Burow's solution is helpful for treating blisterlike (vesicular) infection.
- Tea tree oil is an antifungal and antibacterial agent derived from the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree. Although it reduces fungi and resulting symptoms, tea tree oil may not completely kill off the infection.2
- Ajoene is an antifungal compound found in garlic. It is sometimes used to treat athlete's foot.
- Compresses or foot soaks using nonprescription Burow's solution can help soothe and dry out blisterlike (vesicular) athlete's foot. After the blister fluid is gone, you can use antifungal creams or prescription antifungal pills.
Other Places To Get Help
|American Academy of Dermatology|
|P.O. Box 4014|
|Schaumburg, IL 60168|
|Phone: ||1-866-503-SKIN (1-866-503-7546) toll-free|
|Fax: ||(847) 240-1859|
|Web Address: ||www.aad.org|
The American Academy of Dermatology provides information about the care of skin, hair, and nails. You can locate a dermatologist in your area by using their "Find a Dermatologist" tool at www.aad.org/find-a-derm.
|American Podiatric Medical Association|
|9312 Old Georgetown Road|
|Bethesda, MD 20814-1621|
|Phone: ||1-800-FOOTCARE (1-800-366-8227)|
|Fax: ||(301) 530-2752|
|Web Address: ||www.apma.org|
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) provides information about foot and ankle injuries, sports-related foot concerns, surgical and nonsurgical treatment of foot problems, special medical issues such as diabetes, and resources in your local area. Some information is available in Spanish.
|KidsHealth for Parents, Children, and Teens|
|10140 Centurion Parkway North|
|Jacksonville, FL 32256|
|Phone: ||(904) 697-4100|
|Fax: ||(904) 697-4220|
|Web Address: ||www.kidshealth.org|
This website is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation. It has a wide range of information about children's health, from allergies and diseases to normal growth and development (birth to adolescence). This website offers separate areas for kids, teens, and parents, each providing age-appropriate information that the child or parent can understand. You can sign up to get weekly emails about your area of interest.