Sandal season is upon us, and while we were able to hide our fungus-ridden toes all winter safely in socks and boots, it’s time for us to expose the tootsies without shame. Fungus can be persistent, and quite frankly embarrassing. Many people forgo the doctor route because they’re self-conscious (or because they don’t have insurance) and also because prescription medications can get quite costly. Luckily, over-the-counter fungus medications and treatments have gotten very advanced, so treating mild, moderate and even severe fungus has never been easier.
Fungus grows easily in hot, humid climates and it’s predominant on areas that don’t breathe well- your foot doesn’t have much air exposure when it’s in a shoe, therefore most fungus grows on feet, but it can occur on other areas of the body. Stiefel Zeasorb AF Super Absorbent Antifungal Powder is a great ointment for using on clean feet- before putting on socks and shoes. It is formulated to kill the fungal organisms that can cause redness and irritation of the skin while the super absorbent powder helps dry up unwanted moisture in the affected area.
For a highly effective spot treatment we recommend Barielle Fungus Rx. It contains 1% Tolnaftate, which is an active ingredient registered with the FDA that helps to eliminate fungus and helps to prevent the spread of bacteria. The gentle, odor free, anti-microbial solution is safe and effective against bacteria and germs (this product can be used in conjunction with an antifungal powder too). Say so long, fungi! Put on those open toed shoes and show off your feet this summer!