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What then can be done to guard against athlete's foot? Dr. Baer answers with six suggestions:
1. Wear perforated shoes whenever possible, to allow perspiration to evaporate. Moisture makes the skin between the toes soggy and the chemical skin reaction, normally acid, becomes neutral or alkaline. Either of these conditions lowers resistance to the fungus.
2. Wear wool or cotton socks which will absorb moisture, rather than nylon, rayon or other nonabsorbing fabrics.
3. Regularly use a dry, mild foot powder that contains a fatty acid.
4. Insert lamb's wool between the toes if the web of skin tends to be soft and moist.
5. Carefully dry feet and toes after bathing and change footgear whenever the socks and shoes become wet.
6. Use nonalkaline soapless detergents when washing the feet rather than ordinary toilet or other soaps.