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How to Prevent Athlete's Foot

There’s fungus among us, and it’s not just around athletes. Here’s how to prevent one of the most common skin problems.


  • Step 1: Wear shower sandals When using a public shower, wear rubber or plastic sandals—while showering, not just walking to and from it. Gym and pool showers are some of the most fungus-friendly places.
  • Step 2: Dry your feet Dry your feet thoroughly any time they get wet—whether it’s from a bath, swim, or sprint through your neighbor’s sprinkler. And make sure to get between your toes, a known trouble area.
  • Step 3: Wear breathable shoes After you dry off, put on shoes made from natural materials, like leather or cotton canvas, to allow your feet to breathe.
  • Step 4: Use foot powder Use an antifungal drying powder directly on your feet after you dry off. You can also sprinkle some powder into your shoes to further help keep your feet dry.
  • Step 5: Wear cotton socks Wear 100% cotton socks. Cotton tends to be more absorbent than synthetic fabrics, which will keep your feet dry.
  • TIP: New lightweight wool socks are also great for preventing athlete’s foot. The fabric actually dries faster than cotton, and wicks away sweat and moisture.
  • Step 6: Change your shoes Change your shoes frequently to let them air out. If possible, purchase two pairs of sneakers, so you can alternate each time you exercise and sweat.
  • FACT: Roughly 70% of people in the U.S. have battled athlete’s foot at one time or another.

You Will Need

  • Rubber sandals
  • A towel
  • Foot-drying powder
  • Breathable socks
  • Leather or cotton canvas shoes
  • An extra pair of sneakers (optional)

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