An Athlete’s Foot infection, also known as tinea pedis, is a skin infection. This is caused by a fungus that usually grows anywhere on the foot, but most frequently between the toes. The fungus attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment and that promotes fungus growth. Warm, damp areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms, are also breeding grounds for fungus.
Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot include itching, scaling, inflammation, drying skin and blisters on and between the toes. Athlete’s Foot can also affect the soles of the feet, the toenails as well as other parts of the body, which is why timely treatment is so important.
To Prevent Athlete’s Foot:
- Do not walk barefoot, particularly in public pools and locker rooms.
- Reduce foot perspiration by using talcum powder and maintaining cleanliness.
- Wearing light and airy shoes.
- Frequently change socks if you perspire heavily, and/or wear special socks that breathe and keep your feet dry.
While over the counter fungicidal and fungistatic preparations are usually used to treat Athlete’s Foot problems, they often fail to contact the fungus in the lower layers of the skin. For persistent Athlete’s Foot infections, a prescription topical or oral antifungal drug may be needed.
Note: Please consult your podiatrist/chiropodist before taking any medications.