Wilderness First Aid Q&A

How to prevent or cure athlete’s foot

Q: Are there any good ways to prevent or cure athlete’s foot?

That’s a great question, and many guys out there are wondering the exact same thing.

Tinea pedis, or athlete’s foot as it is more commonly known, is a fungal infection of the foot. It is more common in athletes, which is how it got its name, but anyone can get it. The infection most commonly occurs on the skin between the toes, but it may also be found along the instep or lateral aspect of the foot — the so called “moccasin” distribution. Prevention and aggressive treatment are crucial to managing athlete’s foot infection.

Check out the following video from the boonDOCS show, on Outdoor Channel, for more information on how to keep your feet footloose and fungus free!

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  • Dr. Andrew C. Krakowski is the host of the boonDOCS Wilderness & Travel Medicine show on Outdoor Channel. He is the founder of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's wilderness medicine program and currently works in the field of pediatric dermatology at the Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.

    Dr. K loves the outdoors and believes that knowledge, adaptability, and experience are essential for being prepared in the wilderness.