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A lot of people suffer from Athlete's foot which is a common condition caused by a fungal infection. Just because you have athlete's foot doesn't mean you have poor hygiene or dirty feet. Athlete's foot can be cause by sweating in tight shoes or trainers which can cause a build-up of bacteria which is how the fungal infection starts. The dark, warm conditions in shoes are the perfect place for this bacteria. Athlete foot normally appears in between the toes and can be itchy, red and sore. Some of the skin may be broken or flaking off as well. There are lots of antifungal sprays, creams and other treatments that can treat athlete's foot to make it go away and to prevent it from re-occurring. Athlete's foot can be spread easily so it's important that you treat the problem as soon as you get it to prevent it from spreading any further. If left untreated athletes foot can also cause fungal nail infections too. I have had athletes foot before and I am unsure whether I have got it again or not. Although I haven't got dry, itchy skin in between my toes, I have got dry skin on my big toe and also on the ball of my foot and the area around it. I have tried treating this with special foot treatment as I thought it was dry skin, how-ever it hasn't cleared up at all so I decided to treat it as athlete's foot.
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The product I am reviewing is the Daktarin Spray Powder which is an antifungal treatment for relief and protection against athlete's foot. Although the dry skin I had wasn't itchy it was quite flakey so I was hoping that this would help to treat it if I did have a fungal infection. The spray powder is easy to use leaving no mess when spraying the product to the affected area. The product contains Miconazole Nitrate , which works by destroying both the fungus that causes the infection and some of the associated bacteria which may also be present. The Aktiv formula has an anti-fungal treatment to kill the Athlete's Foot fungus, relieving the associated itching and soreness. It also has Anti-bacterial action to help prevent secondary infection. As the powder comes in a spray it's convenient to use and targets like a cream, but dries like a powder, which means it can be used inside shoes & socks as well as on the feet. The spray powder can be used for treating the whole foot as well as in between the toes. The powder comes in a round spray can which is short and chunky. It clearly states on the front what the product is for and how it works. On the back of the can it tells you what the product contains and how to use it. It also gives you warning information about the product too. The can has a white lid which covers the nozzle in which the powder comes out of.
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This product is available to buy from a range of different stores such as Boots, Superdrug and Pharmacies. I paid £4.84 for the can which holds 100g of product.
Using the Product
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I started using this product after getting out of the shower. It's important to apply the product on clean, dry feet. I only have one infected foot so I was going to spray it only on this foot. I shock the can well and put my foot up behind me so I could spray the area of the foot. The spray comes out easily releasing the white powder and it makes the bottom of my foot a little white from using it. The spray is cold when it first goes on which would provide some relief from the itching if you have any. I also sprayed some inside my socks and then put them on as normal. The spray is easy and convenient to use and it doesn't really have a scent to it. It does suggest using the product in a ventilated area and not to breathe in the powder as this may cause irritation. After 3 days the dry, flakey skin had started to decrease which tells me that this was definitely a fungal infection or a case of Athlete's foot. I continued using the spray and within 1 week the dry skin had cleared up and was no longer visible. I was really impressed by how quickly the product worked.
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I was really impressed with how quickly this product works to clear up athlete's foot. Due to the spray can the product is really easy to use and also makes it convenient to use as well. As the product feels cool when first applied it's quite refreshing, especially if your feet are feeling hot after a shower/bath. Although this product is available in a cream I prefer the spray can as it means you don't need to touch the infected area which could potentially spread the infection. In terms of value I think the product is very good value as it works really well and it works quickly to relieve any symptoms and signs of Athlete's foot. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who is suffering or thinks they are suffering from Athlete's foot. Although the Athlete's foot I had has cleared up I still spray the product in my shoes and socks to prevent it from re-occurring. I can't think of any downsides to this product so I am going to give it 5 stars.
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I get annoyed enough in the summer as it is and another thing to bother me is my sweaty feet (they aren't overly sweaty and don't smell just to clear that up). The problem with my feet seems to be any excess heat from a warm day and being cooped up in shoes all day makes them have a tantrum and put me through the itch scratch cycle.
I had my first irritating symptoms of athlete's foot when I was about 10 years old and have used creams and powders throughout the years. Creams tend to be a little messy and cause even more moisture between the toes; equally powders are very messy to apply but they do take away the moisture which is the main reason for the athlete's foot fungus to feel at home.
So when I was looking for my summer time athlete's foot supplies in the local Superdrug I came across this powder spray which I thought looked ideal. The spray would combine my like for powder but I hoped for a more precise target and less mess in the long run.
For anyone who hasn't had athlete's foot before; 1 - you are lucky and 2 - it is a fungal infection of the skin which causes scaling, flaking and an itch. The itch is like a burn and is so ittitating I end up dancing around trying to scratch the area with my to or the sock; this is a big no no and can beak the skin or spread it! The fungas is most often transmitted in warm moist communal areas such as locker rooms and swimming pool changing areas (hence why you should dip your feet in the disinfectant areas). The trick is to keep feet dry and clean, to dry thoroughly between your toes after baths and showers to prevent the moist, warm areas which the fungus love.
So the spray comes in a 100g can and I paid £3.29 for this but the date goes right into 2015 and has lasted my from last summer so far.
The tin is white and yellow with blue feet on the front and red areas around the toes and targets to display the areas that the powder is most effective. The Daktarin Aktiv logo is large at the top with a deep blue arrow. The lid is a clear white colour and easy to pull off and push back on again. The front of the can says that this contains miconazole nitrate and is effective for the treatment, relief and protection from athlete's foot. There is also an area of braille on the front of the can allowing blind people to access the spray independently.
The back has a lot of writing detailing when it should not be used e.g. if your skin is broken, if you are allergic to ingredients and if you take anit coagulants to check with your doctor before use. There are warnings about potential side effects, other company information and how to store the can.
Advice for use is to wash the affected area and dry it well, this is to remove sock fluff, sand etc from between the toes so that the medication can reach the skin effectively. Then after shaking the can well direct the spray to the affected area and spray from a height of 3 inches; the spray can also be applied to shoes and socks for extra added protection. I like the spray as I only need to hold my toes apart and then spray rather than having to put my fingers between them applying the cream and risking spreading the infection. Upon first spray the powder makes my toes feel chilly which eases the horrid burning itch and soothes my need to scratch the skin raw. The skin is coated with a white powder and this attachment makes me feel that the skin is protected and will be worked upon. To spray I put my feet over a towel to catch any mess but this spray is far less messy than creams or powder bottles.
After following the instructions and applying twice a day and also after baths not only did this heal my athletes foot after a weeek but I continued to use it and I had no further itchy issues. I would recommend this to anyone in an itchy pickle but if your skin is broken and advanced I'm afraid it cannot be used to soothe your burn. For £3.29 this is great value for money with minimal waste and will do me for another summer.
This is a fast working Product for athletes foot.
Firstly for best results keep feet clean and dry, this will prevent the fungi from rearing it ugly head in the first place, I use this product as a preventitive method, simply spray between toes before putting on anything that will make your feet sweat, trainers are bad also working boots, and I can say that this product will 90% save you from any discomfort and pain, I play golf and always change my socks half way round with a quick spray of this product for good measure after years of suffering this is the best salution to the problem.
Before I found this product the stinging would drive me mad to the extent were nothing was enjoyable and keeping myself from rubbing the sore parts with socks was a chore, when I first purchased this product I was amazed at how it gave me instant relief, spraying once would get the symptoms of Itching and stinging to calm done to a very bearable level, a follow up spray about 3 or 4 hours later would get rid af all symtoms and clear up broken skin quickly, by the next day I it would have been forgotten completely, until the next time anyway.
I would recommend the preventitive method as this saves a lot of discomfort and pain, at just under a fiver for a 100g can this is well worth the money as all sufferers will know.
Product caution keep out of reach of children, do not inhale, or spray in your eyes, The can says do not use when out of date but it still works but just not effective use your own discretion here.
The can is a really handy size I take mine every were fits nicely into my toliet bag.
My husband is a regular at our local swimming baths, just occasionally he manages to pick up a dose of Athlete's Foot thanks to the unhygienic few who love to share all there nasty afflictions.
Usually the first sign that my husband has Athlete's foot is him mentioning that between his toes feels itchy; I am then dispatched to my knees to inspect the offending area. Not being a fan of feet this is something I dread. I can usually tell if he has Athlete's foot as his skin is red and sore looking and small patches are starting to peel off between his toes.
After trying out various creams and powders with little or no success I fetched him some Daktarin Aktiv Spray Powder. This stuff is brilliant; instead of having to rub anti-fungal cream between his toes or liberally throwing about anti-fungal powder he can now give the can a good shake and generously spray Daktarin directly between his toes twice a day for two weeks. Within a few days the itchiness and redness has cleared up but it is best to carry on treatment up to two weeks.
The spray is also really good for spraying in all his shoes and trainers to kill off any Athletes foot lurking in there. I normally replace all his socks too, but that is just me, I am a bit strange like that.
The spray comes out in a white powder that evenly coats between his toes, the spray doesn't smell bad, it smells medical. My husband is Asthmatic so he does hold his breath while using this; I imagine it would not be advisable to deliberately inhale.
The back of the can has all the usual important information on and I would heartily recommend reading this before starting treatment. If in the case of an allergic reaction take the can with you when you attend your Doctors or Hospital.
As the Daktarin is in spray form it is in a pressurized can and needs storing in a cool place away from direct sunlight. The contents are flammable and the can is not to be pierced of burnt even when empty. Common sense dictates that the can should be kept away from children.
I always find that it is best to try and prevent Athlete's Foot than to keep treating it; this can be done by drying your feet properly after bathing and showering. It also helps to change your socks regularly and allow footwear to dry out between wearing. Trainers can get very sweaty and if not allowed to dry out between wearing they can be a breeding ground for fungal infections.
When my husband is unfortunate enough to get Athletes foot he gets his own flannel and towel especially for foot washing to prevent the spread of it to other family members, I also spray the bottom of the bath with anti-bacterial spray after he has showered. Also we don't normally share footwear but when he has athletes foot I am extra vigilante. Another thing that has helped is that he now has flip flops to wear when at the local pool, it has been a long time since he last had Athlete's Foot and fingers crossed he won't get it again.
In conclusion I recommend Daktarin Aktiv Spary Powder, it is easy to use and fast acting.
I suffer from athletes foot from time to time. According to an article I read, athletes foot is a fungal infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking and itching of the general area. It is caused by the fungi in the genus Trichophyton and is typically transmitted in moist area where people walk barefoot such as showers or swimming pools.
I take my two kids swimming every Sunday morning so this could be one of the places that I catch it from. The itch is absolutely horrible. It's that irritating itch that you try to ignore but then you just have to scratch it and I would always scratch mine until it started to bled. Then it became really sore and painful and quite unsightly too.
I have tried the cream in the past to treat athletes foot and this has always worked quite well but this time I decided to use the spray as I liked the idea of being able to spray my feet with a bit of protection whilst I had my flip flops on and could go out straight away without having to worry that I still had cream on my toes. I also liked the fact that you can also spray inside your socks and shoes with this spray so its almost like you are getting double treatment and double protection.
The spray is really easy to use. You basically just clean and dry your feet before you spray on the medicine. Then you shake the can and hold it a few centimetres from your feet and then spray over the affected area. The one thing I really like about the spray as opposed to the cream is that you do not have to touch your feet when you are using the spray. With the cream it all gets a bit messy and you have to rub your fingers over the athletes foot. Sometimes this made me want to scratch again which kind of defeats the purpose of putting the cream on but with the spray you have none of that. The spray has a really nice cooling effect when you spray it on and in my opinion you can really feel it going to work straight away. There is no mess as although this comes out as a sort of powder you do not really see the particles, only if you spray too close but you do get used to the distance you need to do it at.
The spray contains miconazole nitrate which is an 'antifungal' for treatment, relief and protection against athlete's foot. The spray worked well for me and cleared up my itching really well. I am continuing to use it now and again as it can also be used as a preventative and regular use helps protect from reinfection so anything I can do to stop it coming back is great.
A 100g can of spray costs £3.90 which I think is a good price and a good product that works for me.
My preferred product to treat my feet whenever I get athletes foot is Daktarin Dual Action Spray, the only time I do not use it is if the skin has become cracked and then using a spray can sometimes mena that it will get inflamed and be a bit painful, at those times I plump for a powder such as School or Daltarin. Even though this product says that it is a powder spray and it does turn your foot white I would still not use it on cracked skin.
The spray contains Miconazole which is used to fight the fungal infection, it is really easy to use, just spray it onto the infected area after it has been wasked and thoroughly dried, to ensure your foot is fully dry my advice is to use a hair dryer as that is more reliable than a towel. It is recommended that you use the product twice a day so I apply it in the morning and again before bed at night. I also give my shoes and socks a spray and especially my trainers.
It does leave a white residue on your foot and this makes it easy to see where exactly you have sprayed to ensure you get full coveridge. I find this spray to be really fast working, it certainly reduces the itching and inflammation and it has a cooling effect and after a couple of days it has normally cleared up the problem, I usually keep on using it for a couple more days to ensure my foot has fully healed.
This is a great spray and I paid £3.29 for my last 100g can from Boots. Highly recommended as an effective treatment of athletes foot.
I bought this product for £3.29 from my local boots store. I gave this a try because I wear shoes all day at work and they tend to make my feet sweat and as I do a lot of sport this was bringing on a horrible form of athlete's Foot. The can is 100g and you must shae well before use. The instructions are to spray directly onto your infected feet as well as inside your shoes and socks if you want to and use twice a day. I found that spraying into my shoes and my socks caused quite significant white staining so you must be careful if you do use this on clothes! I have to admit it is a good product and does cover foot odour and my feet are definitely improving but some of my socks still have white stains and this is quite annoying.
Daktarin is supposedly one of the world's leading manufacturers in foot care and this is a good product but it has it's draw backs as described above. It comes with a few warnings about spraying in your eyes, near your mouth and to discontinue use if your skin flares up. The main ingredient is Miconazole Nitrate.
I bought Daktarin Activ after develpoing an itchy flaky red bizarre foot problem. After bearing my feet to the scrutiny of varous friends, we decided amongst ourselves I possibly had athletes foot or some other infection and I trotted off to the chemist to see what remedies were out there.
I settled on Daktarin, priced at £3.93 for a 100g spray can.
Dactarin contains the active ingredient Miconazole that is used to treat fungal and bacterial infections. The can promised "Treatment, relief and protection", so I thought I would hold it to this and see if I could clear up my foot issue.
The dosage is to wash your skin and dry well, spray from three inches away twice daily. You can also spray this into your socks and shoes. Regular use promises to prevent against the infection coming back and it advises that you keep using the spray twice daily until your foot is back to normal.
So I set about spraying my foot, making the silly mistake of spraying my naked foot when I was stood on a laminated floor. (the tin does say do not spray onto polished surfaces...). This turned my foot white and left a white outline of my foot on the floor.... I found this was quite hard to clean off. My foot remained white throughout the treatment- so i would not advise you use this if you wear sandals, strapy shoes or anything other than full coverage foot wear or you will look like you have had your foot painted in places with tippex.
The can does contain a lot of smal print- things like do not use if you are or are planning to become pregnant without your doctors advise, do not spray in eyes or on hair or nails and may cause an allergic reaction-so there are some considerations to be made before you use this if you have other medical conditions etc.
The spray was cold, but I found it provided instant relief from the itching and piece of mind I was applying something antibacterial to my feet. It was a little uncomfortable after a few days as I had peeling skin inbetween my toes and it was a little awkward to spray inbetween the toes without covering my hand in white spray too... But after a week of regular use I did notice a definite improvement and would certainly recommend keeping a tin of this in your bathroom if you are prone to foot infections such as athletes foot.
I recently wrote a review on Scholl Athlete's Foot Cream and how disappointed I was when it didn't work. The recent bout of freezing weather has aggravated my symptoms again, or perhaps it's me aggravating them again with the car heater blasting hot air down on to my feet again!! Anyway I decided to try a different treatment this time as the itch was becoming unbearable again. On my last Athlete's Foot Treatment review I was given some friendly advice from "duncantorr" to perhaps try Daktarin (thanks for that!) so off I went to my local Tesco to try and find some. I did not want a cream treatment this time as I felt the cream only worsened my symptoms by keeping my feet feeling moist and sticky and after the initial cooling effect of the cream had worn off, it only seemed to aid in making the itch even more unbearable!
==A Bit About Athlete's Foot==
Athlete's Foot is produced by a fungus called "Tinea Pedis". Anyone of any age can be affected by this fungus. The fungus thrives in warm moist areas such as the folds of skin around our toes. It can be very easily picked up at your local swimming pool where the fungus loves the floor of the changing rooms, where it is warm and there are lots of little areas of moist tiling where it lies in wait ready to pounce on your feet as you splash your way to your locker. The best way to try and stay clear of Athlete's Foot is by keeping your feet clean and dry, wearing cotton socks and using flip flops in the changing rooms at the swimming. If you are unlucky enough to suffer from Athlete's Foot then it will need to be treated in order for it to clear up, and treatment should be continued for at least 2 weeks after symptoms have disappeared, just to help avoid the problem re-occurring.
==A Bit About Daktarin Activ Spray Powder==
There were quite a lot of different treatments available in Tesco, from creams and talcs, to ointments and sprays. After having a good look at what each product claimed to offer I decided to opt for the Daktarin Activ Powder Spray. I quite liked the idea of a spray as I felt this would be easy to apply to the affected areas, without me having to touch them, as touching can often aggravate the symptoms making the itch worse. I also liked the idea of a powder spray as I had visions of a powder helping to keep my feet dry.
The spray comes in an aerosol can with a clear plastic lid. The front of the can is quite brightly coloured with the background being a vibrant, eye-catching yellow, there is then a picture of bright blue feet with the areas most affected by Athlete's Foot, around the toe area, highlighted in red. The front of the can states that this product is clinically proven to help Athlete's Foot. On the back of the can there is a whole lot of writing, which after reading made me quite apprehensive about using the product! It explains in detail that you should not use this product if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant or breast-feeding. You should contact your GP before use if you are using certain medications used in the slowing down of blood clotting. You should obviously not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Very rarely severe allergic reactions may occur. And of course, if any side effects occur then you should stop use immediately and you should contact your GP if the symptoms persist. Care should always be taken with a spray and should only be used on your feet. If the spray does however get into your eyes nose etc then it should be washed off immediately. I suppose they are just covering themselves and if any of these cases did occur then hopefully common sense would prevail.
==Using the Spray Powder==
Making sure my feet were clean and dry before use, I shook the can well, I spread my toes apart and holding the can approximately 3 inches from my skin (as directed) I sprayed liberally both across the front of my toes and the back of my toes ensuring that they were well coated with the powder. My toes initially felt freezing cold when the spray hit them, this was quite good as it immediately helped to cool and soothe the itch, the coolness soon wore off leaving my toes coated with a white powder. I found I got the best results spraying the powder onto my toes over the bath, just to avoid any unnecessary powder landing on the carpet or furnishings. I really liked the way this powder attached to my toes. If I had just bought an ordinary tub of powder as opposed to a spray powder it can be quite messy with lots of excess powder being wasted and basically making a mess. With the spray powder, the powder actually attached itself to my toes and the affected skin with little or no excess powder being wasted. I would however suggest wearing socks or slippers after application as I did find that some of the powder did transfer to the carpet as I walked.
As directed, I applied the spray powder twice daily. As I said before on initial application the cooling effect of the spray really helped calm the itch down. The powder helped to keep my toes dry and the spray ensured that only the right amount of powder was used. I must admit that as soon as I started using this spray I was aware of it helping my symptoms, the itch was practically gone right from the start of the treatment with the red, tender skin calming at a steady pace and looking and feeling as it should within 2 days of starting treatment. I would definitely recommend this treatment in the management of Athlete's Foot. For me it was a very quick and super efficient treatment, which helped my Athlete's Foot very quickly. This spray can also be very useful in the prevention of the symptoms returning by spraying daily directly into you socks, shoes and slippers.
A this product clearly states that it should not be used if you are allergic to any of the ingredients I have listed them as follows:
Micronazole Nitrate, Talc, Alcohol, Sorbitan, Stearalkonium and Hydrocarbon non-CFC Propellant.
I bought the Daktarin Spray Powder 100g can from Tesco at £3.38.
Overall a very effective treatment, which gets 5 stars from me.
Daktarin dual action cream, powder and spray powder all contain the active ingredient miconazole / Miconazole is an antifungal medicine used to treat infections with fungi and yeasts / Daktarin dual action spray powder is useful for ensuring treatment gets right between the toes, as well as for treating the whole foot / It can also be sprayed inside shoes and socks / The spray powder can also be used regularly on the feet and inside shoes and socks to help prevent athlete's foot coming back / It should not be used on broken skin.