Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus called tinea pedis which creates unpleasant symptoms such as itchy, flaking skin. There are many athlete’s foot cures and remedies, from the more traditional creams to the truly bizarre. See what works for you.
The tinea fungus that causes athlete's foot can also cause uncomfortable itching in the groin region. So when you have athlete's foot, be careful not to infect your groin area. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching your feet. And don't pull your underwear on over your bare feet. Put your socks on first. If you wear tights, put on a pair of socks, then your undies, take the socks off and then put on your tights.
When you look for an over-the-counter remedy, check out creams and ointments that contain miconazole or clotrimazole, such as Canesten or Daktarin. Massage a small amount into the affected area 2 or 3 times a day. Don't stop using the cream when your symptoms subside; keep using it for at least 2 weeks after the problem appears to have cleared up in order to eradicate the fungus permanently.
Give home treatments at least 3 weeks to work. If your symptoms are severe, however, see your doctor. Left untreated, a fungal infection can cause the skin to crack, which allows infection-causing bacteria to gain entry. You should also see your doctor as soon as possible if you see signs of a more serious infection, such as skin that is angry, red and tender to the touch or oozing. Other warning signals are swelling of the foot or leg accompanied by a fever, or red streaks radiating from the infected area.