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What is Antifungal Soap?

Anna T.
Updated Feb 04, 2024
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Antifungal soap is a type of soap that may help people get rid of various fungal infections. This type of soap is typically effective against athlete's foot and jock itch. It may also be useful for treating other non-fungal skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Many antifungal soaps are very safe to use because the majority contain natural substances. These soaps are widely available at many food and drug stores and can also be purchased online.

Athlete's foot is a condition that antifungal soap may be able to eliminate with periodic use. This type of infection is often caught by people who frequently use public showers. Places like truck stops, public swimming areas, and fitness centers that have showers are some of the most likely places to pick up athlete's foot. In addition to eliminating athlete's foot, the soap may also help to reduce irritation from excess bacteria. In addition to using antifungal soap on athlete's foot, it could also be beneficial for a person to keep his or her feet dry at all times because excess moisture will only feed the fungus and encourage it to spread further.

Jock itch is another skin condition that may benefit from the use of antifungal soap. This condition can actually be a result of athlete's foot that spreads to the groin area. Most people think of jock itch as a problem reserved for men, but women sometimes get it as well. Antifungal soap used daily in the shower can help to quickly eliminate jock itch and ease the itching and irritation associated with it. Using regular soap on jock itch is not typically recommended because it may make the irritation worse. It is also important for anyone with jock itch to keep in mind that it spreads easily, so it may be best to avoid sexual contact until it has cleared up.

Even though eczema and psoriasis are not usually considered fungal infections, antifungal soap can usually help to clear them up. Most of the time, these skin conditions are either inherited or a result of sensitivity to chemicals in certain detergents or bath products. Antifungal soap can help to ease the symptoms of these problems because it tends to contain various skin-soothing ingredients such as calendula, vitamin E, and possibly some natural oils. In the event that any skin condition being treated with antifungal soap does not go away after a week or more of use, it may be necessary to see a doctor in case the problem is the result of something more serious.

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Anna T.
By Anna T.
Anna Thurman is a skilled writer who lends her talents to WiseGeek. Her ability to research and present information in an engaging and accessible manner allows her to create content that resonates with readers across a wide range of subjects.
Discussion Comments
By serenesurface — On Jan 13, 2015

@donasmrs--I don't think that's going to be an issue if the antifungal soap has all natural antifungal ingredients. I use an antifungal soap that has only eucalyptus and tea tree which are both natural antifungal herbs. I don't think that fungi can build tolerance to these, they are not lab made medicines.

I actually use antifungal soap every day to fight acne. Humid climate and oily skin is a great combination for skin fungal infections that cause acne.

By donasmrs — On Jan 13, 2015

@stoneMason-- I've personally used antifungal soap for athlete's foot and jock itch in the past. And yes, it does work. So I do recommend it for people dealing with this infection. But I'm not sure if it's a good idea to use it all the time, when there is no infection, for prevention.

aI wonder if the fungi would become tolerant to the medication then and the soap would eventually stop working. I'm not an expert on this topic but I think that this is a possibility. So you might want to reserve it just for times when there is an infection to get the best out of the soap.

By stoneMason — On Jan 12, 2015

I think they need to make antifungal soap available in locker rooms and showers. Fungal infections have become very common in these areas. My son has gotten athlete's foot for the second time this year at his school locker room. He treated it with antifungal cream but I feel like he now needs something to prevent the infection in the first place. I'm going to order him a few bars of antifungal soap to use in the shower.

Anna T.
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Anna Thurman is a skilled writer who lends her talents to WiseGeek. Her ability to research and present information in an engaging and accessible manner allows her to create content that resonates with readers across a wide range of subjects.
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