Athlete's foot is a very common fungal infection of the skin known as tinea pedis and mostly occurring in males.
What are the symptoms of athlete's foot?
- Excessive itching
- Stinging pain
- A burning sensation
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections and is related to other fungal infections such as ringworm and jock itch.
What causes athlete's foot?
Athlete's foot is caused by a fungus which grows on top-of or inside-of the top layer of skin. Fungi thrive in warm wet conditions, making the areas between the toes a perfect environment for it to survive and spread. This type of fungal infection is highly contagious and spreads to additional areas and even to other people very easily.
- Touching someone else's infected foot or exposing your feet to areas which are highly prone to the fungus can and will spread the infection.
- Walking with bare feet on contaminated surfaces such as swimming pools, locker room, showers and bathrooms can lead to fungal infections.
- Once your foot is exposed, the fungus can then be transferred to other objects like your shoes.
- Tight fitting shoes - including shoes that resist air flow around the foot - are especially susceptible to fungus contamination.
- If contaminated, even if you do not get infected yourself, it is still possible to spread the fungus to others.
- Some people are more susceptible to fungal infections than others, and once you have been infected you are more likely to be infected in the future.
Athletes foot infections
There are three major infections associated with this type of fungus:
Toe web infection
- Toe web infection
- Moccasin type of infection and
- Vesicular infection.
is the most common type of infection and is typically found in between the toes. Symptoms include a scaly appearance on the surface of the toes, excessive peeling, or cracking of the infected area.
Moccasin type infection
may lead to soreness of the foot. The bottom of the foot and heel may thicken and begin to crack causing additional pain.
Vesicular type infections
start with an outbreak of blisters, or fluid filled pockets on the bottom, heel or other areas of the foot.
Almost all basic types of athlete's foot can be cured with an over the counter anti-fungal topical or spray and of course natural products but be aware that more severe or prolonged cases of athlete's foot can lead to secondary bacterial infections. Some people may also experience an allergic response, symptoms of an allergic response may include, blisters on the fingers toes or hands. it is of course very important to start treatment for athlete's foot
as soon as you become aware of it. The earlier the treatment, the more successful the result.
To avoid infections keep your feet dry at all times, use cotton or bamboo socks which are washed frequently, wear shoes which allow good airflow, and wear sandals or flip-flops in high risk areas like communal showers, locker rooms or any other areas where fungi may be present.