What is Athletes Foot?
What is athletes foot?
Athletes foot is a fungal infection of the toes and feet, it is very common for people to develop it in their lifetime but affects mostly teenagers and people who are very sporty.
Symptoms vary but can include itching, peeling, cracking and blistering. The skin between your toes can become red or dry. If the rash worsens, it can be particularly painful, as your skin may start to crack, sometimes causing the raw tissue underneath to become exposed. The fungus can affect the nails too. Ouch!
Treatment for athlete’s foot would depend on your symptoms and site of infection. A dry powder anti-fungal spray is easy to use, especially between the toes. An anti-fungal cream can be used for infections involving the nails or the skin and should be applied, as recommended on the pack. Treatment also comes in powder and gel formats. It is important to remember that although your rash may have disappeared quickly, the infection may not be completely treated. treatment may have to be continued for a further 1-2 weeks to clear the internal infection although the external symptoms have gone. Always follow manufactures instructions. If you’re showing no signs of improvement after 2 weeks, you should see your GP or local pharmacist, especially if it is causing you significant pain or discomfort.
Keeping your skin healthy is important. Regular use of a dry powder anti-fungal spray, can help stop reinfection. Drying the feet properly after bathing is essential. Changing socks and shoes regularly is also helpful along with wearing socks that will help keep the feet dry. It can also be useful to alternate your footwear, helping to ensure shoes are dry. Using an anti-fungal powder in your shoes can also help prevent reinfection.
Things to remember:
- dry feet properly
- change footwear regularly
- change socks regularly
- use anti-fungal powders in shoes
- get treatment if affected
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