These tips can help you avoid athlete's foot or ease the symptoms if infection occurs:

Keep your feet dry, especially between your toes. Go barefoot to let your feet air out as much as possible when you're home.

Go with natural materials. Wear socks that are made of natural material, such as cotton or wool, or a synthetic fiber designed to draw moisture away from your feet.

Change socks and stockings regularly. If your feet sweat a lot, change your socks twice a day.

Wear light, well-ventilated shoes. Avoid shoes made of synthetic material, such as vinyl or rubber.

Alternate pairs of shoes. This allows time for your shoes to dry.

Protect your feet in public places. Wear waterproof sandals or shower shoes in communal showers, pools, fitness centers and other public areas.

Treat your feet. Use an antifungal powder daily.
Don't borrow shoes. Borrowing risks spreading a fungal infection.
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