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Medications and Treatment for Athlete's Foot
Over-the-counter antifungal creams are sufficient for treating most cases of athlete's foot. Apply them as directed to the toes and foot. Common brands include clotrimazole (Lotrimin) and tolnaftate (Tinactin).
If the topical antifungal medications do not clear up the infection, your doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal medication.
If you are unsure of your diagnosis and/or you plan to visit a physician within the next month, the application of 1% hydrocortisone cream purchased over the counter would be a reasonable therapeutic tactic. Since many of the causes of athlete's foot are not infections, they may respond to this medication. Moreover, it will enhance your doctor's ability to find fungal organism should they be the cause.
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