What is Athletes Foot?
Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection. This happens when the bacteria and fungi that live on your skin become infected. We all have harmless bacteria on our skin, it’s only when these organisms grow and multiply in certain conditions that the skin becomes infected.
How Do I Know If I Have Athletes Foot?
You will notice that your feet will become itchy and a dry, red and flaky rash will begin to develop. In more severe cases, the skin may start to blister and crack. If this infection is left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body including the palms of your hands, toenails and the groin area, therefore, it is very important to seek help (even at your Pharmacist) if you think you might have Athlete’s Foot. Naturally, this can be very painful when walking. Use the picture below as a guide:
If you think you have Athlete’s Foot, visit your local pharmacy for quick treatment and relief.
What Causes Athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is the result of a fungal infection meaning that it thrives in warm, dark and humid environments. Unfortunately, for most of us, this is the exact environment of our shoes/socks especially in these Summer months or if you are a sports enthusiast (Tip: watch out for tight trainers!). Storing our shoes in dark closets only makes this worse. Guilty?
Because Athlete’s foot is highly contagious, you can just as easily catch this from someone else. Sharing towels, swimming or even just walking around in bare feet can leave you open to a fungal infection- hence, why this is much more common in teenagers.
Taking precautionary measures to avoid these environments will help. Also ensure you properly dry your feet and in between your toes to prevent warm, humid conditions,
What is the treatment for Athlete’s foot?
The good news is that Athlete’s foot is treatable. Often, taking antifungal medication from your local chemist is enough to cure your infection in just a few days. If you are unsure, simply ask your Pharmacist and they will be able to point out the best treatment for you. If symptoms don’t disappear, seek advice from your GP/Podiatist.
As always, I hope you found this blog post informative. If you have any questions at all, please contact me. Lindsay Davidson Podiatry is also on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and hope to see you there.