A common fungal infection of the foot, Athlete’s foot is a problem which affects many. This problem usually affects the spaces between the toes but there are instances when this problem spreads to toenails and to soles of the feet too. Athlete’s foot is also called as Tinea pedis and is typically caused by a mold which initially grows on the surface of the skin and then into the living skin tissue causing the infection. Given below are symptoms and treatments for this infection.
There are various ways by which the problem of athlete’s foot can be depicted. Some common symptoms include scaling, flaking and itching of the affected skin. You might also experience stinging and burning between your toes. Excessive dryness of the skin on the bottoms or sides of the feet is another common symptom of this infection. Moreover, people suffering from this infection also have nails that are thick, discolored and even pulled away from nail bed. Organisms that cause athlete’s foot reside in warm, moist environment. Thus, people who continuously wear shoes are more at risk. The risk of developing this problem increases when you wear moist and damp socks and shoes. It has also been found that people with weak immune systems are more vulnerable to this infection. This implies that people with diabetes or HIV should take extra precaution as they have weak immune system which makes them vulnerable to athlete’s foot.
Athlete’s foot is a problem which can be prevented if extra care and precaution is taken. You need to keep your feet dry, especially the space between your toes as that is the space easily infected. For that, air your feet as much as possible and avoid continuous wear of shoes. Always remember to change your socks regularly as that is basic hygiene element. Also, do not wear moist or damp socks or shoes. Protect your feet in public places like communal showers, pools and gyms. Wear well ventilated shoes and also use anti-fungal creams and powder on your feet to protect yourself from the problem of Athlete’s foot.