If you’ve ever had Athlete’s Foot, you’ll be familiar with the itching, flaking and irritation it brings. Zeasorb Athlete’s Foot has been manufactured by Stiefel and is the subject of our review today.
Athlete’s foot is most commonly caused by a fungus, but it can also be due to a bacteria, psoriasis or other uncommon causes. Some people are fortunate enough to be resistant to the fungus, while others will develop symptoms – and often repeat symptoms – on contact.
The fungus thrives in dark, damp conditions so the skin between the toes is a perfect breeding ground. It is most typically prevalent with moisture due to closed shoes or socks. This is also typically why someone may make contact with the fungus in a shower or gym changing facility. The fungus is highly contagious.
Tinea pedis is the medical name for Athlete’s Foot. It shows up as a red, ruptured patch between the toes or as white, scaly skin. Often it is accompanied by a red, extremely itchy rash. The itchiness is one of the most uncomfortable symptoms. In bad cases, fluid-filled blisters between or on the toes can also form.
This product claims to contain the fungus so as to relieve the itching, scaling, redness and chaffing. It also absorbs moisture, providing less room for the fungus to thrive.
- Miconazole nitrate 2%
Miconazole is widely used to treat fungal skin infections such as athlete’s foot, ringworm and jock itch. It is an antifungal that is known for its efficacy. It prevents any further growth of the fungus.
This is a highly effective remedy, particularly in powdered form. As the manufacturer states, the powdered format allows for moisture absorption. It should have a high success rate in alleviating the symptoms for many people. The only issue is that because it is a topical application, it may not cure the fungal infection completely, meaning it could return when you stop using the powder.
Some people may be allergic to azole antifungals, in which case you should not use it.
Clean the affected area and dry it thoroughly. Apply a thin layer of the powder over the infected areas morning and night or as directed by a doctor. Change your shoes and socks at least once a day. Do not use if allergic, and see a doctor if nothing improves after 4 weeks. You should not swallow this powder.
Side effects are not common but can include redness, swelling and skin flakiness.
Zeabsorb costs $7.49 on Amazon for a 2.05 oz bottle. There don’t appear to be bigger bottles at discounted prices.
We could not find any evidence of a guarantee or returns policy, although the manufacturer’s assert their confidence in the product.
Conclusion – Zeasorb Athlete’s Foot
Despite there being no seeming guarantee, the manufacturers are probably correct to assert there confidence in this cost-effective product. This is backed by the positive consumer reviews it generates. It is easy to use and has a dual purpose of not only inhibiting the fungus but removing moisture, which is what the fungus thrives on in part.
The one drawback that we would note and as attested to by consumers, is that Zeabsorb doesn’t actually cure athlete’s foot but relieves the symptoms. By all accounts, the itching and flaking returns when you stop using the powder. This is consistent with our research, as only a product that penetrates deep into the skin would be able to actually eliminate the fungus from the body. The other alternative is to get a doctor’s prescription for a pharmaceutical antibiotic, especially in severely stubborn cases.