Athlete’s Foot

Symptoms Causes Treatment And Prevention Of Athlete’s Foot. Be mindful of your Body & Soul

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that typically starts between the toes, even though it shares the same name with athletes, it is not an infection exclusive to athletes; it can affect anybody, irrespective of the profession. Although, people whose feet are sweaty, and wear tight-fitting shoes mostly suffer from this infection. Athlete’s foot is medically known as tinea pedis, and this common infection can be painful and inconvenient for the person. In addition, Athlete’s foot is related to other fungal infections like jock itch and ringworm. However, it can be treated with antifungal medications, and since it occurs often, prescription medications are available.

What are the signs and symptoms of Athlete’s foot?

The signs and symptoms of Athlete’s foot include itching, scaly rash, stinging and burning sensation on foot. Other signs of Athlete’s foot are dry, flaky, cracking, and red foot. Furthermore, the skin between the toes may have cracking and oozing, swelling or crusting. In addition, the person may notice the side of the foot has scaling patterns. It is risky to leave Athlete’s foot unattended to because the untreated fungal infection can spread from the affected toe to the others, and when it becomes severe, it causes open sores in the skin, which will pave the way for bacteria.

Athlete foot can spread to the hands, and it is known as tinea manuum although this is a rare situation, the symptoms are similar to those in the feet.

Causes of Athlete’s foot

Unfortunately, Athlete’s foot is contagious; it spreads when the affected area directly or indirectly touches other parts of the body. After touching the affected area, it is essential to wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water. It is crucial to treat Athlete’s foot as soon as you see or feel the symptoms. When someone wears shoes, or slippers that are already contaminated by the fungal and when you walk on damp places, it creates a bigger problem. So please be careful.

How to prevent Athlete’s foot

Do not share slippers or shoes; it is difficult to know when people are suffering from Athlete’s foot, and it is rude to ask people if they are suffering from Athlete’s foot before wearing their shoes or slippers. So, the best way to prevent contamination is not to wear other people’s shoes or slippers.

Get leather or canvas, instead of vinyl or similar materials that do not allow good air circulation. After all, your feet need to breathe.

Do not wear tight-fitted shoes in warm weather, but wear sandals instead.
When using public showers or locker rooms, wear rubber sandals or water shoes.

When using public pools and spas, avoid walking barefoot; wear water shoots that provide protection.
Always wear dry socks, and change them when they become wet; keep extra socks if you must. Also wearing cotton socks that wick moisture away from the feet will be helpful.
Get antifungal foot powders, which you can apply to the feet or put in the shoes to absorb moisture.
Change your shoes as often as possible.

When do you need to see the doctor?

Athlete’s foot can be treated with off-the-counter antibiotics, and you may not need to see your doctor for treatment. However, when the signs and symptoms refuse to recede after self-treatment, then see your doctor.
Secondly, diabetes patients need to see their doctor when they suspect athlete foot, especially when they notice a possible bacterial infection like drainage, fever, swelling, or excessive redness.

Encourage Yourself In the Lord , Through body & Soul:

In conclusion, personal hygiene is one of the keys to healthy living; avoid wearing dirty socks, when bathing emphasize on your toes too, after all, they do the walk, and step on different things all day. Wash your hands as often as possible or get hand sanitizer.

Also, educate your loved ones about fungal infections and how they can prevent them.

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