Treatment for Athlete’s Foot

Topical antifungal medication is usually doctors’ recommended first step for treating outbreaks of athlete’s foot. Both nonprescription and prescription options are available, though nonprescription methods are usually recommended first.

Prescription medications, like any of the oral pills prescribed to treat fungal infections, tend to be expensive, require regular testing for potentially dangerous side effects. Nonprescription methods are therefore preferred and generally deemed safer.


Some of the most commonly used nonprescription antifungals include:

  • Azoles
    • Miconazole (Micatin)
    • Tolnaftate (Tinactin)
  • Allylamines
    • Terbinafine (Lamisil AT)
    • Clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF)
  • Other
    • Tolnaftate (Tinactin)
    • Undecylenic acid (Trifungol)

These antifungals are topical medications and should be applied gently to the infected area with cotton swabs or clean hands. Be sure to wash hands vigorously afterwards to avoid spreading the fungus. These medications are available in many forms, including lotions, creams, ointments, sprays, and powders. Talk to your doctor to discuss what treatment option and nonprescription antifungal is right for you.