What Is Athlete’s Foot and What Causes Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a common condition of fungal infected foot. Apart from, fungus there are other causes of athlete’s foot but a group of fungi called dermatophytes are main cause of this infection. Dark, warm and moist environment plays favorable condition for dermatophytes to grow and multiply.

Athlete’s foot is in no way connected to athletes; fungus attacks both athletes and non-athletes equally. Tinea pedis is the medical name for athlete’s foot. 0.75% of people who regularly walk barefoot are prone to get this condition.

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Symptoms of Athlete’s foot

Mostly in athlete’s foot space between toes and foot sole are affected; they form red, dry and itchy rashes. You’ll feel itchy at those affected parts. Skin may crack leading to severe infection.

In severe conditions raw tissues can be seen as result of cracks and scratching. And this may lead to nail fungus known as Onychomycosis. Toenails turn to yellow color and become thick.

If ignored can spread to other parts of the body like hand palms and nails.

Causes of Athlete’s foot

Naturally, few harmless bacteria and fungi are present on skin. Dark and moist condition helps these fungi to grow and multiply leading to infections.

Athlete’s foot can be contagious when you come in contact with towels or shoes used by affected person. Changing rooms or locker rooms, swimming pools and public showers are places where fungi grow and multiple easily. (source: nhs.uk) If you’re infected with athlete’s foot and treated, you’re more likely to get it again. (source: WebMD)

Treating Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is mild and can be treated in most cases. Just use anti fungal cream, spray or tablets; within weeks you’ll get treated.

Anyway in severe cases where you see toenails color turn to thick and yellow color see your doctor for diagnoses.

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How to prevent Athlete’s foot?

You need to take utmost care to prevent this fungal infection. Most important tip would be keeping your foot clean and dry.

There are few more advices listed below.

  1. Avoid wearing tight shoes or socks.
  2. Don’t share used shoes.
  3. Wash your shoes and socks regularly.
  4. While washing feet use soap and apply moisturizer.
  5. Avoid synthetic fabrics which trigger itching.
  6. Stay away from water for longer time.
  7. Wear flip-flops in public places.
  8. Practice good foot hygiene.

Related post: Nail care tips

Remember not all foot infection is athlete’s foot. If you’ve above mentioned symptoms then consult doctor.

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References:

  • http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/athletes-foot/Pages/Introduction.aspx
  • http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/athletes-foot-topic-overview
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/261244.php
  • http://www.medicinenet.com/athletes_foot/page5.htm#what_kind_of_doctor_treats_athletes_foot

 

 

 

 

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