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Athlete's Foot (cont.)

Prevention of Athlete's Foot

Simple precautions may help.

  • Wear sandals in public locker rooms and swimming areas.
  • Do not wear someone else's shoes, especially if that person has athlete's foot.
  • Thoroughly clean home showers and floors where family members walk barefooted to avoid spreading the fungus.

Prognosis of Athlete's Foot

Most cases of athlete's foot go away within a few weeks. More severe cases may take a month or even longer.

Medically reviewed by Norman Levine, MD; American Board of Dermatology


Field, Leslie A., Brian B. Adams. "Tinea Pedia in Athletes." International Journal of Dermatology. 47 (2008): 485-492.

Wyndham, Mike. "Diagnostic Pitfalls of Plantar Dermatoses." The Practitioner. July 1997: 420.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017

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