Athelete’s Foot is a very common problem but is simple and quick to treat.
Why Athletes Foot Occurs
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection. Its symptoms are peeling of the skin, redness, scaling, intense itching and small blisters. It occurs on moist, wet skin that affects the toes, and can also cause peeling skin around the heels and other areas of the feet.
Athlete’s foot is caused by coming into contact with fungal spores when walking around barefooted in public places such as, swimming baths, changing rooms and various others.
The fungal infection can contaminate the foot further by:
- Having your feet cramped in shoes, causing them to sweat and become clammy, creating the ideal environment for the infection to spread
- Exposing the feet to dry conditions such as the sun, causing the skin to loose its natural protective oils that makes the skin prone to fungal infection.
How To Treat Athletes Foot
Athlete’s foot can be treated by yourself by changing your footwear on a regular basis so that air can circulate in them fully. It is also important to wash and dry your feet thoroughly, to prevent damp feet occurring. If you suffer from cracked, flaky skin then applying an anti-fungal ointment or cream can restore the moisture on your affected area.
If the infection is left untreated, it can spread to the toes nails, causing the nail to thicken and become crumbly. This can also cause the nail to change to a yellowish colour.
Visiting the Podiatrist is also important so that they can identify the condition and give you the appropriate advice and treatments to manage it successfully and prevent Athlete’s foot from recurring.
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