Athlete's Foot (cont.)

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What home remedies are available for athlete's foot?

Multiple home remedies are available, including vinegar soaks, dilute Clorox soaks, and shampoos like Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue. Other reported but unverified remedies have included Vicks Vapor Rub and Epsom salts.

  • Dilute vinegar soaks or sprays (roughly one part white household vinegar to four parts water)
  • Dilute Clorox baths or soaks (approximately ¼ cup household Clorox bleach in one bathtub of water)

How can I treat athlete's foot in pregnancy?

Treatment options during pregnancy may include dilute vinegar soaks or sprays (roughly one part white household vinegar to four parts water) and Lotrimin cream twice a day for two to three weeks to the soles. Antifungal pills are generally not recommended during pregnancy because of the potential side effects and possible fetal harm. Always check with your OB/GYN before using any medication or treatment during pregnancy.

When should I seek medical care?

If you notice any redness, increased swelling, bleeding, or if your infection is not clearing up, see your health-care professional. If a bacterial infection is also occurring, an antibiotic pill may be necessary. If you have fungal nail involvement, are diabetic, or have a compromised immune system, you should also see your physician for treatment.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/19/2013

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