Skin conditions

Athlete's foot

(Foot fungus)

  • Also known as
  • Tinea pedis

About Athlete's foot

Athlete's foot is a common infection caused by a fungus. It most often affects the space between the toes.

Symptoms of Athlete's foot
  • Cracked, scaly skin between your toes
  • Itching
  • Burning

All Medications for Athlete's foot

  • Tinactin
    (tolnaftate)
    Over-the-counter

    Tinactin (tolnaftate) is a good and inexpensive over-the-counter medicine that treats fungal infections like athlete's foot and jock itch with few side effects. However, it can take 4 to 6 weeks to completely get rid of the infection.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Aerosol spray
    • Cream
    • Powder
  • Zeasorb
    (miconazole)
    Over-the-counter

    Zeasorb (miconazole) relieves the itching, scaling, and burning caused by athlete's foot, jock itch, or ringworm.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Lotion
    • Powder
    • Cream
    • Spray
    • Solution
  • Oxistat
    (oxiconazole)
    Prescription only

    Oxistat (oxiconazole) is a good at treating common fungal infections of the skin and causes few side effects, but it is more expensive than over-the-counter antifungal medicines.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream
    • Lotion
  • Loprox
    (ciclopirox)
    Prescription only

    Loprox (ciclopirox) is a cheap, effective treatment for fungal infections that have not penetrated past the skin, but requires daily application for weeks to months to see an improvement.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream
    • Gel
    • Liquid
    • Shampoo
    • Lotion
  • Nizoral
    (Ketoconazole)
    Prescription or OTC

    Nizoral (Ketoconazole) is a medication used on your skin to treat fungal infections; however, it takes several weeks for full recovery, and the directions are specific to each type of medication.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Foam
    • Shampoo
  • Ertaczo
    (sertaconazole)
    Prescription only

    Ertaczo (sertaconazole) works well for fungal infections of the skin. However, it's not available as a generic and thus can be expensive.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream

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