Athletes Foot Articles
Athlete's Foot is a fungal infection which can cause considerable discomfort, burning and itching. This condition can become very stubborn so it is wise to start athlete’s foot treatment as early as possible and to take time to use some general preventative measures. Although some people who spend all their time barefoot never suffer from athlete's foot, it is when you are barefoot that you can pick up the fungus from damp and public areas such as swimming pools, showers and locker rooms. There are three types of athlete's foot – chronic interdigital athlete’s foot, chronic scaly athlete’s foot (moccasin type) and acute vesicular athlete’s foot.
- Use footwear such as sandals or flip flops in public areas that are likely to be wet. Your own personal shower mat can be useful while avoid communal exercise or yoga mats and rather bring your own. Athlete's foot loves places like gyms, swimming pools, health clubs, locker rooms and spas where the fungus that causes athletes foot can spread like a wildfire. So sensible prevention will help a lot.
- A simple athlete's foot treatment is to soak your feet in a solution of 4-5 tablespoons of salt mixed into a gallon of warm water for about 15 minutes.
- Avoid harsh soaps, especially deodorant soaps.
- Dry your feet thoroughly after such a foot soaking, swimming or showering.
- The areas between the toes are particularly vulnerable to athlete's foot conditions. Check these areas carefully for any signs of athlete's foot, including scaliness, as well as sensory symptoms like itching.
- Removing the dead skin from your feet is an important part of athlete’s foot treatment. Dead skin helps safeguard the living fungi. So use a small brush or an old toothbrush, to thoroughly scrub your feet. Spend some time in between your toes also.
- Go barefoot as much as possible during the acute phase of athlete's foot.
- Sunlight, and the vitamin D it produces in your body, is a great healer so if you can, expose the affected areas of your feet and toes to direct sunlight a couple of times a day for several minutes.
- Apply a natural athletes foot product such as H-Athlete's Foot Formula to the affected area to treat symptoms.
- Then put on clean, dry cotton socks. These should be changed frequently because when you are exposed to any fungus, changing socks helps cut down on dampness and prevents the spread of athlete's foot. Dry cotton insulates the feet, and keeping feet dry is a critical part of preventing athlete's foot conditions. If you have feet that tend to sweat all the time, you should change your socks two to three times a day. Take an extra pair with you to work and change them during your lunch break.
- Use shoes that allow for ventilation. Your shoes should be leather or other natural materials and don't wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row as continually worn shoes may develop conditions allowing this fungus to thrive. Some shoes liners can also help aerate the sole area. Any athletes foot prevention should include your shoes so sprinkle in a medicated foot powder on the inside every two to three days. You can also use a medicated spray to fight off the fungus in your shoes.
- Baking soda is a good home remedy for athlete's foot too. Take a tablespoon of baking soda and mix it together with a little water. You want to make it into a paste like substance. Rub this onto the infected area of your feet and let it dry. Then, simply rinse it off and let your feet dry.
- Place cotton balls between your toes at night if your feet perspire excessively when you sleep.
Good, diligent home care can keep most cases of athlete's foot from spreading - so nip athlete's foot in the bud before it really starts, and save time and resources dealing with this uncomfortable condition. While symptoms of athlete's foot are usually around for some 10 days if you treat the condition, the fungal infection can remain dormant within the body indefinitely to cause problems in the future.
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