Best Treatments for Athlete’s Foot Fungus

Athlete’s foot can be very difficult to treat. There are a lot of different over-the-counter remedies on the market including soaps, creams, soaks, powders and sprays. Dealing with athlete’s foot is kind of a process that often takes a little while to work, and what works for one person may not work for another. We have rounded up some of the best products that work on helping to get rid of athlete’s foot.

Soaps and Washes

Purely Northwest Antifungal Soap with Tea Tree Oil


When you have athlete’s foot you need to make sure you are washing your feet twice a day with a really good soap. A soap that a lot of people like to treat athlete’s foot is the Antifungal Soap with Tea Tree Oil from Purely Northwest. It is incredibly popular, mostly due to its effectiveness, but partly because of the scent and the price of the soap. It works best if you use it twice a day in combination with a cream or powder, although some people report that the soap alone has helped to clear up stubborn infections that even prescriptions haven’t worked on.

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Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak With Epsom Salt

If you prefer a foot soak, the same company as the soap listed above also has a Tea Tree Oil foot soak. It is very easy to use, you basically just have to soak your feet in some water with the soak for 15 – 20 minutes everyday. It may sound like too much work but it can actually be a nice way to relax and unwind after a long day at work. Like the soap, the tea tree foot soak appears to be extremely effective for lots of different people who have been dealing with athlete’s foot. It also works well to help combat foot odor. This soak probably won’t be effective enough on it’s own, so to get the best results you may want to use it in conjunction with other products, at the very least an antifungal soap.

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If you also have nail fungus, you may want to want try the 3 item treatment from Purely Northwest.


Clotrimazole Antifungal Cream

Creams that contain clotrimazole work by preventing fungus from growing, it is an active ingredient that is mainly used to treat athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. Like all foot creams, you must use it consistently until the infection has gone away. Clotrimazole Antifungal Cream from Family Care isn’t one of the big brand names, but is very well priced for the amount you are getting and it virtually the same as Lotrimin for a much lower price. Sometimes in order to really kill the fungus you don’t want to have to worry about using too much of a cream because it is too expensive, with this product you don’t have to worry as much about the amount or the cost. It is easy to apply and doesn’t leave a sticky residue making it a good budget alternative for fungus infections.

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Lotrimin Ultra Prescription Strength Antifungal Cream

If you have been dealing with foot fungus for a while, you will probably have already come across Lotrimin. It is one of the most well known over-the-counter creams that many people have had a lot of success with. If you have tried their cream and found that it didn’t work for you, you may want to have a look at their stronger ‘Ultra’ cream. The active ingredient in the regular Lotrimin Cream for athletes foot is clotrimazole 1%. The Lotrimin Ultra Cream uses butenafine hydrochloride, which is a prescription-strength active ingredient that some people may find works better for the itching, cracking and discomfort that can come along with a fungus infection. It is one of the strongest over-the-counter athlete’s foot creams that you can get.

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Tinactin Antifungal Liquid Spray

Tinactin is another one of the big brands that people often turn to when fighting an infection. It’s active ingredient is Tolnaftate 1 %, which kills the fungus that you have and can also prevent fungal infections. Tinactin has a wide range of products to choose from including sprays, powers or creams. If you don’t enjoy using a cream, check out the liquid spray (pictured), it is very popular and easier to use than a cream. Part of the problem with treating foot fungus is that you need to do it twice a day and it can be kind of time consuming and hard to remember. This spray make it a little easier to do the treatments because it is so easy to apply and may make it more likely that you use it for the number of treatments and the amount of time that is recommended to get rid of any infections.

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Family Care Tolnaftate Cream

If you are looking for a budget alternative to Tinactin, this generic version with 1% Tolnaftate may work well for you. It is much cheaper than Tinactin and it contains the same active ingredient. Most find it works as well as the big brand names as long as  you use it for the recommended treatment times.

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Zeasorb Antifungal Treatment Powder

A powder that gets recommended by dermatologists quite a lot is Zeasorb Antifungal Powder. It’s active ingredient is Miconazole Nitrate 2% that works by preventing the growth of fungus. It is effective in treating various skin infections including athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. This powder doesn’t have any starch in it, which is a good thing. Many foot powders do contain starch, this is problematic because it can make foot fungus worse.The Zeasorb powder is a little on the pricey side, but many find it worth the price because of its effectiveness.

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Natural Creams

Foot Finish Foot Repair Cream

If you are uncomfortable putting some of the different types of antifungal creams onto your skin twice a day because of the active ingredients, you may want to check out a few of the natural creams that some users are finding success with. One product that does appear to work for the majority of its users is Foot Finish Foot Repair Cream. It contains Tea Tree Oil (among other ingredients) and should work well with a tea tree oil antifungal soap. It also works great to help soften up any hard spots, relieve itching and help heal cracked skin.

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Other Products that can help

Athletes Foot Pumice Stone With Tea Tree Oil

If you are dealing with tough, dry or dead skin on your feet along with fungus, you may want to check out this pumice that has tea tree oil soap in it. You use the pumice to get rid of the dry skin while the tea tree oil soap is working as an antifungal. Most users find this pumice easy to use in the tub or shower and really helps to get your feet feeling clean and smooth. If your feet always feel rough and you are embarrassed to wear sandals this may be a great addition to your foot care routine.

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Body & Sole Soapy Soles Foot Scrubber & Massager

Anyone who has mobility problems knows just how difficult it can be to wash your feet, especially in the shower. One of the most important things that you need to do when you first start to treat athlete’s foot is to clean your feet with soap twice a day. This can be a real problem if you are showering and have trouble bending down to reach your feet. A great solution to this is the Body & Sole Soapy Soles Foot Scrubber & Massager. This foot scrubber helps make it easier to wash your feet. You just put a bit of soap in the scrubber, suction it to your shower floor or tub, then move your foot over the soft bristles. This allows you to scrub your foot clean without having to bend over to do it.

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What else do you need to do to stop athlete’s foot?

  • Wash your feet with soap twice a day
  • Do your best to keep your feet dry.If your socks do get wet change into dry sock immediately.
  • Never walk barefoot in a gym changing room or public washroom.
  • In warmer months ensure that your shoes are well ventilated.
  • Never share socks, shoes or towels.

Ingredients to watch for:

Tea Tree Oil-Tea tree oil is a natural ingredient that has been proven effective on a number of fungal infections including athlete’s foot. Some people even find it is more effective than over-the-counter antifungal products. It has a strong odor that takes a little getting used to for some people. You can generally find tea tree oil products at health-food stores or online. In order to make sure you get the best results, look for products that contain 100 percent tea-tree oil.

Clotrimazole-Clotrimazole is the active ingredient in the brand Lotrimin, as well as generic versions of Lotrimin. It is used for a variety of skin infections including  athlete’s foot, ringworm and jock itch. It is considered an azole antifungal, which means that it works by preventing the growth of the fungus. Topical and oral clotrimazole is generally considered safe for both adults and children.

Tolnaftate -Tolnaftate is the active ingredient used in Tinactin, it can also be found in generic versions of the cream. It is a synthetic thiocarbamate that is found in creams, powders, sprays, or liquid aerosol. It is used to treat some of the same type of fungal infections as clotrimazole. There has been some evidence that it may be a bit less effective than azoles antifungals like clotrimazole. Children under the age of 2 should not use products containing Tolnaftate.

Miconazole – Miconazole Nitrate 2% is the active ingredient in Micatin. It is an azole antifungal so it works by stopping the growth of the fungi. Generic versions are available.

Terbinafine –Terbinafine is the active ingredient in the brand Lamisil. This is a good active ingredient to look for  if you are having a lot of itching and burning with your infection.

Butenafine -Butenafine hydrochloride 1% is the main active ingredient in Lotrimin Ultra. It is a benzylamines antifungal. It shouldn’t be used on children younger than 12 years old.