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My son was suffering from sore itchy painful toes. The skin between his them was flaky, dry and red. They itched so badly that it was causing him to bleed through scratching. I looked it up on the internet and it matched the description for Athletes Foot. I think the problem was that his feet got wet in the particular trainers he was wearing and he'd kept them on all day; also these trainers were making his feet sweat.
Athlete's Foot is a fungus called dermatophytes which lives in and feeds off dead skin, it multiplies under the right conditions causing a problem. Shoes etc can make your feet moist, warm and dark this can cause the fungus to grow. I'd heard of it and knew what it was but what I didn't know was that it is can be passed from person to person from towels etc. Also I didn't know that it can get infected so needs treating.
I popped to Tesco to have a look for something to treat it with. I bought Scholl Athlete's Foot Powder containing Tolnaftate antifungal for 3 or 4 pounds. I settled on a powder rather than a cream, as I thought it would be easier to just sprinkle this over his toes and could be put directly in socks- also cream can feel uncomfortable on, especially when wearing socks. It does state that in severe cases use in conjunction with Foot Spray or cream. This powder is not for use on under 3 year old's, and not for your scalp.
It is as easy to use as I thought it would be, you wash and dry your feet twice a day and apply. I just sprinkled liberally onto the affected area at bedtime and popped some in his socks; it didn't irritate the skin. The powder just looks like talc, not quite as 'smooth' as body talc but not rough either; it doesn't smell of much.
I was amazed at how quickly it worked over night really. Certainly within days his feet were back to normal, the fungus didn't grow back either. I threw the trainers away and only on one or maybe two occasions has he suffered from this since, but again a quick sprinkle gets rid of it.
I would recommend this foot powder, it worked. I still have almost a full tub left so good value for money too.
Athlete's foot is a horrible problem with a hilarious medical name if you imagine it's being said by someone with a heavy cold. Admittedly, some suffer from a case of Tinea Pedis worse than others but even mild cases are enough to drive you to distraction. Once in a while, I get a mild case of Tinea Pedis (even with the heating on full blast). If you've never had it, you are a lucky sole (yep, I meant to say that). As such last time it started rearing it's head after a day of being on my feet all day, I went right to the shops to pick up a treatment for it. They didn't have my usual go to brand so I picked this stuff up instead.
===That means I'm an athlete right?===
Wrong. Athletes foot is called that because it is common in athletes as their athleticism and showering habits tend to leave them with the perfect conditions to contract and pass on this horrible little issue. It's a fungal infection caused by a group of fungi called Dermatophytes that like warm, damp, dark places. It's easily spread in public showers at gyms and such but you don't really need to do much to have these little mushrooms run wild between your toes though so don't think you'll never get it.
It's only when you accidentally don't dry your feet off or if you've sweated a lot over prolonged periods of time that they'll multiply and run riot. When they do, you'll get really itchy, sore, red bits between your toes. Your skin will flake and peel and it'll basically feel like you've got a constant paper-cut between your toes. My pinkie toes are the worst for it since they are really close to the next toe, the towel sometimes doesn't get in properly. If you don't treat it, mostly it will be a nuisance, but it can get very serious going as far as septicaemia or having bone infections set in. Though your toes would probably have to turn black before that would happen and I'd have thought that might encourage anyone to pop down to their local supermarket and sort themselves out.
The Scholl brand was founded by William Mathias Scholl in 1906 in Chicago and made their name for making foot related products. They are currently owned by Reckitt Benckiser (well, it's actually SSL international but that's who owns THEM) who also own brands like Durex and Clearasil. In theory then, they know what they are doing by now! The bottle ever so nicely gives you their contact details too so you can get in touch to tell them what you think.
The postal address is
Scholl consumer products LTD
103-105 bath road
The phone number is 0500 455 456 but if that's not good enough there's another one on their website 08000 742 040. The website in question also has a "contact us" form that can be found here: http://www.scholl.com/en-GB/contact-us.raction. That's probably the easier option!
===What made me go for this one? ===
Partly I picked this stuff up because the usual brand I use was out of stock but mostly I picked this up due to a total mistake on my part. I had looked at the bottle in a hurry and thought, for some reason, that it was a spray. It's a similar shape to a deodorant can and the top looks like a lid that comes off. That would be completely wrong. It's actually a talc like powder and the bottle has a little twist top to open the holes in the top. At first I was a little annoyed when I discovered my mistake but as I was already home I decided to just give it a bash. The bottle is fairly boring with clunky designs (it has changed from the picture on here) with an almost cartoon picture of a foot against a yellow and blue background and Athlete's Foot Powder in big letters on the front (yes, I really was being blind) It states lower down that it treats the fungi and prevents re-infection. The bottle looks a bit childish especially in comparison to the very medical, grown up looking bottle that it used to be. That being said, it also doesn't scream out "OMG FUNGAL INFECTION" while it's sitting in your basket in your local shop like the old bottle did. That has to be a plus!
===Powdering my Toes===
The instructions suggest using the powder twice daily and to use on your socks etc for extra protection. It also says you should use it for two weeks after symptoms go away. Being fed up with my itchy little toe, I decided I'd opt for extra protection. I actually went a little overboard with the use of it just to make sure. I've been applying it every morning when I get up and after every shower. I've also been applying it after particularly long days at work or out and about when I've gotten a little sweaty and again at bed time. I've tipped the bottle into my socks before I put them on too.
The first time I used it, I squeezed the bottle. Big mistake. You'll get covered in powder if you do this. A couple of light shakes will give you more than enough powder to cover a whole foot. I noticed at first it had a faint pleasant smell, similar to normal talc, but that smell has since faded and I can't pick it up. I've found the easiest way to apply the powder without making a total mess is to put some powder into one hand and sit your foot with your other hand beneath it, ready to catch any excess powder. Sprinkle the powder from your hands onto your toes and then rub it in as best your can between your toes/ all over you foot if you want. Then take the hand from below and rub the excess in with your other hand. If you don't you'll get powder all over your floor/ trousers/ sofa. I've also developed a bad habit of clapping my hands afterwards to get rid of extra powder because it creates a fun little dust cloud but be careful as you aren't supposed to get this in your eyes.
I've been very impressed with this stuff. I will admit, it's not as quick to apply as the sprays you can get, however I have found it has worked a lot better than them. The sprays are always quite cold and sting my feet if I have athlete's foot. The powder was a lot more comfortable to use. It wasn't cold and it didn't sting for a start. As well as that, it left my feet feeling dry and fresh rather than like they had a coating of spray on them that then made me worry about getting it on the carpet. I was also much more confident that the powder had covered the right area; trying to spray in between your toes while keeping the canister upright and cover the right areas is a bit of a nightmare! The little bit of extra time spent has definitely been worth it. Within seconds of my first application, my little toe sighed with relief. Within two days the itchy red soreness had completely gone, only leaving behind the skin that had peeled from the athlete's foot. Two weeks later and I am completely healed
Using this powder regularly has made me realise how sweaty my feet are at all times. Whereas before it didn't really bother me, now I can tell when my feet aren't bone dry and I feel a bit gross for it. The only other downside is that occasionally it does get a bit messy when you're using the powder; it's not always possible to catch it all or stop the white marks showing up. If you're wearing black, make sure you wash your hands before you touch yourself!
The list of ingredients on the bottle is fairly small. The Active ingredient is Tolnaftate and the rest seems to be made up of Corn Starch and Talc. It does say on the bottle that sometimes it can actually cause itching or irritation and states if it is severe you should stop. I'd have hoped you wouldn't need the bottle to tell you that though!
At first I thought the price was really high at £4. Having used the powder now, I don't think that is too high. I still have tonnes of the stuff left and it can be easily stored by closing the cap. The use by date is may 2015 so it'll keep for a long time. As it does say you can use it for prevention of the fungi, I'll probably use it every few weeks to give my feet an extra anti-fungal treat, but I probably will switch to using normal talc to keep my feet dry from now on.
Despite my initial fury that I'd have to waste time applying this stuff, I've been well and truly put to rights. The powder, in my mind, well outshines the sprays that are available. It has worked quickly and effectively at getting rid of my Athlete's foot and stopping me whinging. The £4 price tag may seem hefty, but you get more than enough (75g is loads when it's as light as talc!) of the stuff for your money making it totally worth it. I'd give this a full five stars.
Both me and my other half are plagued by the uncomfortable and horrible condition of athelet's foot. We do martial arts together and it can be a bit off putting to our teamates when they see the state of our feet and toes in bare feet on the floor during a match or a training session. We have tried lots of things over the years to erradicate the problem. Sometimes they work, but usually the fungus will gradually creep back.
We have been using Scholl Foot Powder for a few months now and it has proven to be really effective in my opnion. A 75ml white plastic container will cost you just about £1.60 We bought ours from Tesco). It has a picture of an infected foot on the front which is pretty angry looking.
You lift the lid, just much like a tin of talcum powder, and you will see the little holes where you sprinkle the stuff from. Apply is liberally to all over the foot and especially between the toes becuse this is where it gets really warm and moist and where the fungal infection likes it best as conditions are great there for it to multiply.
I manage to sprinkle mine all over the floor and get shouted at by my other half, but it's easy enough to clean up afterwards. Therefore I usually put a towel down first to stop this from happening. I don't feel an immediate relief from the symptoms but after a day or so I stop scratching and gradually the symptoms will subside My other half really also rates this stuff very highyl.
The active ingredient is called Tolnaftate 1% which is an antifungal remedy and boy it is good stuff. It is gentle yet effective at the same time and really does help us both erradicate this painful and irritating problem we both have.
It is messy to use but I also use it up quite quickly as I also sprinkle it inside my socks and my shoes just to make sure that my feet are completely covered in the stuff.
Really recommended by the both of us.
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I have been very prone to Athletes foot since I was really young, my feet just need a hint of moisture and they are all cracked and itchy. So after having to get in my turtle pond (don't ask), I was fully expecting the onslaught I received! When I next went shopping I was excited to see a special offer in Tesco on Scholl spray and powder (£1.62 each) so I had them and a Canesten cream!. It was blitzing time.
This product comes in a white plastic bottle, with the typical talcum powder lid - that is you turn it to reveal the dispensing holes. The main colours are blue and yellow and there is a picture of a poor infected foot on the front, with the typical areas affected by Athletes foot highlighted in red. This reinforces the idea this is a targeted product that will get to work on your problem. The product is 75g of soft thick white powder.
The back of the bottle displays the usual directions, safety and product into. It tells us the active ingredient is Tolnaftate (1% w/w) which is a strong antifungal. Apparently one of the best available without prescription. It is recommended to use in conjunction with the spray and cream in severe cases, which I did. Mine wasn't particularly severe in terms of area affected, but it was very itchy and painful and I am mighty impatient! It's important to note this is not to be used on children under 3 years old
This product is really gentle; there is no friction from applying it, you don't even need to touch the area. Being powdered it is brilliant at preventing moisture which can of course exacerbate Athletes foot. I did not experience immediate relief when I used it as I did with the cream and spray, but you know it's going to be good since it keeps between your toes as dry as possible. I used it twice a day, in the morning after showering and again in the evening after giving my feet a good wash and dry. I kept this up for over a week after my feet healed to prevent reinfection. (my routine was cream then spray then powder). I would also use this to give my socks and shoes a light dusting.
All in all it's been really effective in conjunction with the other treatments. My feet started to heal pretty quick, and this was great at keeping my feet a moisture free zone. When I took my socks off to wash my feet before the second application, I could still see the powder in between my toes, even if I'd been out that day walking about. I do generally get little recurrences though, and I have to start treating again. It seems to take a lot of beating in me once it gets a hold (it's always been this way) and I don't lay any blame for this at the feet of Scholl.
It should last more than long enough to clear up your infection and continue treatment afterward. You get plenty in the bottle, although I do tend to be a bit heavy handed with it as ensuring I get it between all my toes does mean I use more than is probably necessary! And it can be quite messy, best to apply it over a towel or something as you will get it on the floor! I truly still find it lasts well though. And let's face it, when you think of feet you think of Scholl, don't you? It's a brand defintely worth £1.62 in my opinion.
It has been a few years since I suffered with this nasty little thing. I only had it for a week or two, but what a foulsome ailment to have! It really serves little purpose and all it does is make you body conscious. When I did suffer with it, I thought my foot was disintegrating, so I went to the doctor for advice and I was advised just to try some powder. This is one of the treatments that I tried and I am pleased to say that it did work for me.
The Scholl range was already familiar to me, as I had a pumice stone in my room. The pack was only three pounds, so the price seemed fair at the time. The idea is to apply the powder to the affected area and then leave it to recover. It is not the world's most enjoyable task applying powder to what is essentially a fungal infection, as you have to get into the nitty gritty. Athlete's foot, if I recall can be flaky, itchy and at times rather painful. There is a tendency to want to keep playing with the affected area and this makes it worse and can also cause the infection to spread further.
It applies like a talc, no real smell to it, which is good and leaves a matte like dust on the area. This dries the foot out and stops excess moisture getting into the area, which will fuel the ailment further. I had to use the powder for about a week then the symptoms begun to dissolve. Not instant or overnight results, but if you can resists the urge to touch then it works quicker. A pack of this powder should see you through the treatment and I found that a light dusting was all that was needed to sort the problem. Messy at first too, so use a tissue or towel to collect the remaining powder as you use it.
I use scholl athletes foot powder as I have had problems in the past with itchy red patches that were painful. I now use scholl powder after showering at the gym and when doing anything where I think the powder will help keep my feet dry and infection free.
I think the scholl powder is great for me. Its very easy to use. I just sprinkle a bit on and then if needed I rub it in carefully. I don't need to mess about and it takes no more than a minute to use this.
The scholl brand is one I trust and at £3.29 a tube I think that I get a good deal with this. Each tube has 75 grams of powder in. I know that sounds like very little, but it is enough to last a couple of months.
At times when I have had itchy bouts I use the scholl twice a day to keep everything as itch free as I can. I wash and dry my feet first and then use the powder on them. Its easy to do that.
I think the powder is very light. It feels lighter than normal talc does. You need to get used to the light feel and try not to over do the scholl when using it. That way the powder still works but lasts longer.
Scholl powder has tolnaftate in it as well as talc. The tolnaftate is what works as an anti fungal to clear foot infections. It does need to be used regularly to do that.
Sometimes I have had to use this and the scholl foot cream at the same time. They work great together and soon clear things up for me.
I would recommend the scholl powder as it is easy to use and works great. You need to use it twice a day, every day for up to 10 days to see full results and keep using it even when redness fades for a few days to really clear any infection.
Having been a dancer and also spending a lot of time either in the gym or going hiking I have always had a problem with athletes foot especially when the summer arrives but it can be a problem all year round. Athletes Foot is a nasty, very irritating foot infection which is actually a fungal infectioon in your feet, it can be treated with a number of sprays, creams and also powders and I have found that I tend to rotate the type of product I use depending on how bad the infection is and I tend to turn to Scholl Athlete's Foot Powder if the skin has cracked at all or if it is painfully sore.
The reason for this is that the sprays which I find really effective are also very painful if they are used on cracked skin whereas there is no irritation with the powder. You foot should be washed and thoroughly dried before applying the powder, I find that the powder is fast working however it pays to use it for a number of days even after the infection has cleared up to ensure it does not return and personally once the cracked skin has healed I tend to also apply a cream or the spray as well.
The powder is good as you can also apply a light coating to the inside of your trainers and also gym socks as well to provide extra protection.. It costs £3 to £3.50 for a 100g bottle however the range of products are sometimes part of a 3 for 2 offer in Boots so look out for that as the product will last a long time if stored correctly.
Overall this is an effective powder gto eases the symptoms of athletes foot, reducing irritatuion and ultimately getting rid of the problem.
I don't know what it is about my feet but every summer I end up getting overhot feet and athlete's foot. Over the years I have tried numerous products - aerosol cans were incredibly painful to use, creams seemed to be ineffective and shops own brand powders made a mess of the carpets without making any difference to my feet.
I eventually stumbled upon the Scholl athlete's foot powder - and what a relief it was to find a product that worked and worked quickly. You can find it on Amazon for £3.25 for 100g.
The directions for use say you should wash and dry your feet first, and then dust the powder over your feet - especially in-between your toes. It is also recommended to dust some inside your shoes, socks or tights, and to store it at less than 25c.
The packaging is a plastic tube with a twistable top, rather like what you get with talcum powder. As you turn the top part, it lines up the holes in the lid with the holes in the top of the tube therefore allowing you to pour out the powder. I suppose this method is as accurate a way as you are going to get at spreading the powder but you will still find that plenty of it will miss your foot and end up on the carpets. There is also no immediate impact or pain relief, you just see the powder is on your foot, you put your socks and shoes on and carry on as normal. However within 1 to 2 days you will notice the athlete's foot infection has stopped itching and within a week it will have cleared up. I have often made the mistake of stopping using it at this point; if you do so the athlete's foot will come back. It is best to continue using it twice a day for the next week and you should be ok
In conclusion, this product is wonderful. It works quickly, does not cost the earth and will last ages (I bought mine 3 or 4 years ago and just noticed it still has another year on the best before date)
I'd never had athlete's foot until recently and didn't realise that it could be so uncomfortable. Athlete's foot is a fungal infection mainly affecting the skin on the foot which causes scaling, flaking and is also very itchy. I decided to give Scholl Athlete's Foot Powder a try, and I must say it is very effective.
I purchased this from Boots for around £3.19 for a 75g tub. It is very similar to a regular talcum powder in its appearance and application. The tub is a handy design as it has a sifter on the lid to allow easy dispensing of the product.
The powder is easy to use. Basically make sure the affected area is dry and clean, which for me was only between the little toe on my left foot. Then dust the area liberally with the product, between toes and if necessary, for added protection, you can also dust on to socks. I didn't bother dusting my socks as my infection was quite minor.
It recommends that you repeat this twice daily, and continue for 2 weeks after the infection has cleared up. For me, the infection was cleared up within the week which really impressed me, since the product was quite cheap I did not expect the reults to be so quick.
It does state on the packaging that it is not suitable for children under 3 years old. Also if the condition doesn't clear up within 10 days then you must consult a doctor.
A great, easy to use product that works really well, a thumbs up from me.
Scholl Athlete's Foot Powder; is a topical antifungal for the prevention and treatment of Athlete's Foot / Contains Tonaftate, an antifungal medication for treating Athlete's Foot Fungi.