FAQs

Scholl Athlete's foot

1. What is Athlete's Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin occurring mostly on the feet. It can be caused by several fungi types, some of them already live on healthy skin but do not become a problem until they multiply.  

2. How do I recognise Athlete's foot?

An itchy, red rash develops in the spaces between the toes. The affected skin may also be scaly, flaky and dry. The infection may also spread to the sole of foot, and the sensation may feel like intense itching or burning. If severe, the skin may crack or even become blistered.

3. What is a fungal skin infection?

Everyone has microbes living on their skin. Most of the time they're harmless and don't cause problems. However, at certain times – e.g. in moist, warm conditions – fungi can grow, multiply and invade, causing your skin to become infected. Dermatophytes are species of fungus that can cause fungal infections to develop in areas such as the outer layers of the skin, nails, scalp and hair. Fungi are parasites and live on other organisms and feed off broken-down tissue, including human skin. Feet provide a warm, dark and moist environment, ideal conditions for fungi to live and grow. Fungal infections are very contagious and can be spread through direct and indirect contact: Direct skin-to-skin contact and indirect contact whereby the fungi are passed on to others through touching contaminated objects. Swimming pools, gyms and other sports facilities are common sites for the spread of infections.

4. What are the most common symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?

Common symptoms include various degrees of itching and burning. The skin may peel, and in particularly severe cases, there may be some cracking, pain, and bleeding as well. Although rare, athlete's foot can blister. There are two common types of fungal athlete's foot: between the toes (interdigital) and on the soles of the feet (moccasin).

5. What are the strongest triggers of a fungal infection?

Athlete's foot is most commonly caused by the fungi Trichophyton rubrum or Trichophyton mentagrophytes (Dermatophytes). Under favourable conditions these fungi can grow and multiply, causing skin to become infected, leading to an outbreak of Athlete’s Foot.

Humidity: Wet, warm and sweaty feet are ideal conditions for the fungi to live and multiply.

Poor hygiene: Athletes Foot Fungus lives in and feeds off dead skin tissue. Therefore, it is important to wash feet regularly and change shoes and socks regularly to avoid re-infection.

pH increase: As skin pH rises the barrier function may be damaged making skin more susceptible to attack. pH of skin has been shown to be higher in areas where two layers of skin meet or rub together e.g. between toes.

Maceration (disrupted surface): These organisms gain entry and establish themselves in the cornified layers of damaged skin, such as cuts or grazes and multiply.

6. How does Scholl's Athlete Foot Complete Pen and Spray differ from other treatments?

It is a unique 2-step solution: The Pen and the Shoe Spray not only treat Athlete’s Foot, but also help restore and protect the skin to reduce the risk of a reoccurring infection.

7. How does Athlete's Foot Complete Pen & Spray Kit treat athlete's foot differently?

It interacts with the fungus on a physical level and does not interact with the cells of the body. It targets the fungus directly and creates an unfavourable environment where the fungus cannot grow. It supports skin repair and reinforces the skin barrier to help prevent re-infection. The Spray cleans the shoe to reduce the source of contamination.

8. How does the Treatment Pen work?

The precision applicator delivers just the right amount of cream to form a thin layer on the infected skin. It’s easy to apply. There is no need to touch the infected area and the cream dries quickly. It is specially formulated to create an environment on the skin that is unfavourable to fungus growth.

9. How does the Shoe Spray work?

The spray helps to prevent reinfection by cleansing contaminated shoes of the Athlete’s Foot fungus, a common cause of reoccurrence of Athlete’s Foot infection.

10. How do I apply the pen to the infected skin area?

Start the treatment at the first sign of symptoms of athlete’s foot infection.

  • Before use wash and carefully dry your feet
  • Hold the pen upside down and turn the base of the pen to dispense the cream.
  • If the pen is used for the first time, keep twisting the base of the pen clockwise until the cream is dispensed.
  • Apply the cream on the infected area on the sole of the foot or between the toes and let dry for 1-2 minutes
  • Apply the formulation twice daily for a period of 4 weeks

If symptoms worsen during the use of the product or persist after treatment please contact your doctor or chemist.

11. How do I need to use the spray?

Apply the spray into all shoes at the start of treatment. Spray each pair of shoes once a week, with 3 sprays per shoe. Allow to dry before wearing. The Shoe Spray will treat 2 pairs of shoes for 4 weeks.

12. Can I use the Athlete's Foot Complete Pen & Spray Kit for children?

Yes, the Scholl Athlete’s Foot Complete Kit is suitable for use for children from 4 years old. However, for children, adult supervision is recommended.

13. How should I store Athlete's Foot Compete Pen & Spray Kit?

Keep the product in the original packaging at room temperature (15-25°C). 

14. Is there anything I need to be aware of when using the product?

Do not use this product after the expiry date printed on the Spray and Pen, as well as the packaging. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Do not spray the shoe spray directly on skin. Only use the product for one person to prevent contamination. Do not use the product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this product. 

15. Do I need to use both the spray and the pen during the entire treatment time?

Yes in order achieve best results it is strongly recommended to use both the spray and the treatment pen until the treatment period of four weeks has been finished.

16. What should I do if I apply too much of the pen?

If you apply too much product we suggest using a tissue and carefully wiping off the excess liquid from the skin. Make sure you also wash your hands thoroughly and avoid touching any sensitive areas such as your eyes. 

17. What happens if I don't finish the full treatment?

To achieve best results, it is always highly recommended to finish a full treatment period of four weeks. If the symptoms do not improve please see a doctor. 

18. Can I use the spray for all types of shoes?

The spray can be used for all types of shoes. However, if you’re not sure about the sensitivity of the material we recommend spraying on only a small part to ensure the spray doesn’t cause any discoloration of the material. 

19. What happens if I accidentally use the spray on the outer area of the shoe?

If you accidentally spray the outer area of the shoe you should carefully wipe it off.

20. What happens if the symptoms do not improve when using Athlete's Foot Complete Pen & Spray Kit?

If the symptoms of the infection do not improve after applying the treatment, we strongly recommend seeing a doctor. 

21. What happens if I accidentally get some of the product on my hands/fingers?

Make sure to thoroughly wash hands avoiding touching the face or any other sensitive areas of the body. 

22. How many spray pumps do I need to apply to my shoe?

Depending on the size of the shoe, it is recommended to spray at least three times per shoe.

23. Are there any ingredients that I need to be aware of if I'm allergic?

Do not use the product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed below:
Pen: Olile-Active™, Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Trilaureth-4 Phosphate, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Polyacrylate, Solanum Tuberosum Starch, Panthenol, Undecylenic Acid, Urea, Potassium Sorbate, Allantoin, p-Anisic Acid, Sodium Benzoate.

24. Can I use the product together with other creams or should I stop using any kind of moisturiser?

It is not recommended to apply any other products on the foot together with the Athlete’s Foot Treatment Pen during the entire treatment period. 

25. How long does one Athlete's Foot Complete Pen & Spray Kit last?

When used according to the instructions, the kit lasts for a minimum of one treatment schedule. The expiry date can be found on the packaging and the Pen and Spray applicators.

26. Can I use the Athlete's Foot Complete Pen & Spray Kit several times a year?

Yes, the Kit can be used for treatment and prevention purposes several times a year.

 

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. USE ONLY AS DIRECTED. See your doctor if symptoms persist.