This is a very stubborn, very itchy and very common fungal infection
of the skin that mostly occurs in males. Known as tinea pedis, this condition just loves dark, moist and warm conditions such as inside your shoe especially if you have sweaty feet in tight socks!
The tiny fungi grow and multiply on the human skin and especially the feet. If left untreated, the condition will continue to worsen leading to blisters and cracks that may go on to become infected. It can even spread to the nails
. Neglecting to dry your feet properly after swimming, exercising or washing can all help to make matters worse.
This disease is very contagious and can easily be caught by walking barefoot in public areas such as gyms, locker rooms, showers and next to swimming pools. Once you realize you have athletes foot, start treatment immediately
before it has a chance to become really stubborn. And continue the treatment right to the end of the course as, while your skin may look back-to-normal, this infection can remain in your system for some time and can easily return with a vengeance if the treatment is halted too soon.
Here is what to look out for if you are not sure
- A burning sensation in the foot
- Bumps on the feet
- Cracked, blistered or peeling areas often between the toes and especially the two smaller toes, where the rash starts to peel and crack
- Redness and scaling on the soles of the feet
- Skin between the toes may start to look "cheesy" and have an unpleasant odor
- A rash that spreads to the instep
- Blisters with even single, small patches of extremely itchy blisters
- Raw skin from scratching
I don't have to tell you that it is not a good idea of scratch your athlete's foot - rather treat it. When the skin is injured by this fungus or by scratching, bacteria can also invade. This bacteria can smell bad and even result in inflammation known as cellulites. Medical advice and an antibiotic may well be necessary if the condition is allowed to progress this far.
How to treat Athletes Foot
1. Wash your feet at least two or three times a day with a mild soap and make sure to clean between the toes carefully and dry thoroughly with a clean towel.
2. Keep the toenails cut short and straight across.
3. Apply a topical product such as a natural one made from pure essential oils to heal the athletes foot condition.
4. If you have to wear socks, they should be freshly washed and made of cotton.
5. Wear leather or canvas shoes and not the same pair two days running. Spray your shoes with a disinfectant and put them out in the sun from time to time to help kill germs.
6. Wear sandals and no socks whenever possible.
7. Always change your shoes if they get wet.
8. Don't share towels, wash cloths, socks or footwear with anyone including members of your own family.
9. Be wary of shared gym equipment, exercise mats and yoga mats as these could harbor the infection too.
10. Keep the home shower and bathroom floors well disinfected.
Our skin is constantly being shed and this dead skin drops off in tiny pieces all the time. If this skin contains the athlete's foot
fungus, then it can be picked up on the bare feet of others so they can become infected too. This fungal infection can even spread to other areas of the body including the groin where it is known as jock itch
or tinea cruris.