Athlete’s foot is a common condition caused by a fungal infection.
Fungal infections are common on our feet because feet can be enclosed in a warm, dark and moist environment for long periods of time. These environments are excellent breeding grounds for infections which can soon become problematic due to itching, redness and cracking skin, leaving your skin susceptible to further infection.
What causes athlete’s foot?
The medical name for athlete’s foot is tinea pedis and you can get athlete’s foot from damp surfaces, such as showers, swimming pools, and changing room floors.
How can I prevent athlete’s foot?
Keeping your feet clean, dry and cool is key to preventing athlete’s foot. Here are my other top tips for preventing athlete’s foot:
- Wash your feet regularly and thoroughly using soap and water.
- After washing, dry your feet, paying particular attention to the areas between your toes.
- Change your shoes and socks regularly to help keep your feet dry.
- Use your own towel, never share, and wash your towels regularly.
- Don’t walk barefoot in public areas. Instead, wear flip-flops in communal changing rooms and showers.
- Keep your toenails clean and clipped short.
What complications can occur with athlete’s foot?
If you suffer from athlete’s foot you must always take care when touching contaminated areas of skin as it is easily spread to other areas of the body such as the palms of your hands or you’re your toenails, causing a fungal nail infection [link to fungal nail infection page].
How should I treat athlete’s foot?
If you have severe athlete’s foot that cannot be effectively treated using self-care and antifungal medication then you may need to see your doctor.
However, most cases of athlete’s foot are mild and can be treated at home. This type of fungal infection usually responds quickly to treatment.
How does antifungal medication work?
Antifungal medication works by killing the fungi that are causing the infection. This type of medicine is available in several different forms including:
Topical antifungal medicines, which you apply directly to the affected area, are widely available from pharmacies without a prescription.
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