Athlete's Foot Treatment and Prevention  

by Pool Builders on 05-02-2011 in Articles

Overview

Athlete's Foot. (tinea pedis) is a common fungal infection of the skin.
Warm and damp places such as showers, gyms, and near pools are the ideal living place for this infection.

Symptoms of athlete's foot include red or white feet with scales, inflammations, cracks and blisters. This infection will often cause burning, itching and stinging.

It is mostly found in between the toes and toe nails.

Athlete's foot spreads easily. You can get it by touching the feet of a person who is infected. But it is most commonly spread by walking barefoot on contaminated surfaces near swimming pools or in locker rooms.

Anyone can get athlete's foot. Some people are more prone to fungal infections because of their age, heredity or health condition. Older people are more susceptible because, as their skin ages, it becomes thinner and drier and is less able to guard against fungal infections. People with diseases that lower their resistance to infection are also at increased risk and should take preventive measures to keep athlete's foot in check.

Prevention

Infections can spread from the foot to the groin area by using the same towel to dry your feet before the groin area. Always dry the groin area and the rest of the body before drying infected feet. If at all possible use different towels and never share towels.

Wear clean socks before you where your underwear to prevent underwear from coming in contact fungal infected feet.

Always wash and dry feet carefully, especially between the toes.

Wear shower sandals in public pools and showers.

If your feet sweat, be especially careful to keep them clean and dry. Use an antiperspirant powder or spray and change your socks whenever they become damp.

When socks come in contact with infected areas you should wash them right away in hot water with a bit of chlorine bleach.

Don't wear the same sock 2 days in a row.
Wear leather shoes or sandals that allow your feet to breathe.
As much as possible you should wear open shoes.
Allow your shoes to air for at least 24 hours before you wear them again.

Treatment

Always wash and dry feet carefully, especially between the toes.
Use foot powder to help keep feet dry
Use antifungal and antimicrobial medication to treat infected areas when symptoms first appear.
Be sure to use the medication for the entire recommended period of time.

Until the condition clears up you should wash your feet once a day in salt and water. Once a day for ten days you should bath your feet in a solution of vinegar and water.
Keep your toenails clean and short to prevent acute flare-ups since toenail infections allow the fungus to grow.

Use olive oil to moisturize your feet.
Olive oil helps to tenderize skin toughened by athlete's foot so that treatments are better absorbed.
Olive oil is full of Vitamins and Antioxidants that help the skin cells to revitalize and heal, being particularly rich in Vitamin E. Thus helping in the treatment of Fungal Infection.

If the conditions persists you should consult with your podiatrist for prescription anti-fungal medication. Follow the doctor's directions and don't stop treatment too soon. If you stop treating the condition as soon as your symptoms go away, infection may still be present and the condition may reoccur.

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