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Athlete's Foot - Bacterial Infection

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When the skin is injured by the fungus, bacteria can also invade the skin.

This bacteria can cause a bad smell. This bacterial infection and resulting inflammation is known as cellulitis and can occur in the elderly, individuals with diabetes, those with chronic leg swelling or in those who have had veins removed (such as for heart bypass surgery).  Patients with impaired immune systems are also at risk. Medical advice and the prescribing of antibiotics may well be necessary for a bacterial infection

Acute and Chronic Athlete’s Foot

The acute form of athlete’s foot is the infection with moist, scaling between the toes with occasional small blisters and/or fissures. There is burning and itching accompanying the blisters.

The chronic form of athlete’s foot differs from the acute form in that it is relatively non-inflammatory. There is a dull redness to the skin and pronounced scaling. It may affect the entire bottom of the foot. It generally does not itch or cause blisters. There may well be a fungal infection of the toenails.

How to prevent the spread of athlete’s foot

This condition is called athlete’s foot for the very reason that it is mostly athletes who contract the condition.  Athletes frequent gyms, swimming pools, locker rooms and showers.  Here are a few precautions that you can take to minimize the risk of either passing on the infection to others or catching the infection yourself in the first place:

  • If you have athlete’s foot, then treat the condition as early as possible.
  • Don’t share towels, wash cloths, socks or footwear with anyone including members of your own family.
  • Wear thongs or other footwear in locker rooms and public showers and at pools when not swimming. Be aware that gyms have a lot of equipment used by many different people so that there is often excessive sweat and moisture on these amenities. Disinfectant is usually provided by the management so that clients can wipe down machinery themselves after use. One new possible source of infections to the feet is the use of shared exercise and yoga mats. So if you are a yoga fan, be aware of this possibility and invest in your own personal mat or purchase one of half a dozen kinds of yoga-mat wipes now sold in the US or other new products like hand and foot mitts.
  • If you are concerned about possible infection in your own home, then the same advice applies to showers and the pool area there. Keep the shower and bathroom floors well disinfected.

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