Athlete's Foot has two really awful things going for it: it doesn't take much for it to thrive, and it tends to pop up more often in people who are around lots of other people in spreadable environments.
The quickest way to get rid of athlete's foot is to use some kind of anti-fungal powder like Lamisil, Tinactin, or Desenex. The powder helps to dry up the moisture where the fungus thrives and sometimes talcum powder can accomplish this. However, using anti-fungal products has a higher success rate, and as the process of eradicating athlete's foot can take up to 45 days, anything that helps to speed things is a big plus.
However, simply applying powder won't keep the athlete's foot from spreading without other preventative measures. Here's a simple list of ways to cut off the fungi's supply lines.
- Disinfect the shower or bath every time you use it. Tinea pedis thrives in moist, warm environments.
- Don't share towels, shoes, or socks.
- Don't dry the infected area with the same towel that you use to dry the rest of your body.
- Put on socks before putting on underwear to avoid jock itch.
- Wash your sheets and towels frequently in hot water to kill the infection. Don't use sheets or towels for more than a week while infected.
- Wear socks and shoes that breathe - lightweight cotton socks with mesh shoes or open-toed shoes are best. Wear socks in the house to avoid spreading.
- Dry your feet after you share, and don't forget the ever-moist area between your toes.
- Use foot powder frequently to absorb moisture and keep your feet anti-fungal environments.