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"After applying anti-fungal medication, should one wear socks?"

After applying anti-fungal medication to your feet, is it a good idea to wear sock? On one hand, it seems like it might rub off the cream, but on the other hand, it seems like it'd be useful to keep the feet warm while the medication is doing its work. What's the standard thing to do?
Fungal infections of the feet are a very common problem, caused by various fungi which are found in the soil and in humid environments, such as shower stalls and gyms. They can be difficult to treat, because they are quite contagious and tend to persist in clothing. The basis of treatment includes excellent foot hygiene, washing the feet daily but also keeping them as dry as possible to discourage the fungus from growing. Following this, the application of an anti fungal cream is often quite helpful. It should be applied after washing and drying the feet. The cream soaks in to the skin quite quickly, so probably whether or not you wear socks is not an issue. However, as the fungus will contaminate the socks, it is important to change them frequently and wash them well before wearing again. As always the diagnosis and the management of your particular condition would require a physical examination by your personal physician. If the condition is not improving, setting up a visit with your primary care doctor is advised.
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