It’s not a pleasant thought to have, although the presence of foot fungus, athlete’s foot, tinea or whatever you choose to call it is something which affects us all. It is one of the most common skin conditions which affect the feet and has no bias to who it may infect. Although, those who tend to use indoor swimming pools, public showers and use the same pair of socks a couple of days in a row – sound gross? It happens a little bit more often than people are willing to admit – are more likely to pick up the condition.
Fungal infections require warm, moist environments to develop and this is why the feet are one of the most prone areas to infection. Symptoms of tinea pedis are commonly reported as; itchy and stinging area of red, scaly rash which results in splitting and peeling of the skin where this occurs.
The best treatment for tinea pedis is the use of an antifungal cream. Of course it is suggested to use as directed by the brand and label you choose to buy but in many cases it is suggested that the product be used for a number of days after the tinea signs and symptoms have completely disappeared.
When trying to reduce the chances of infection it is suggested that you wash and thoroughly dry the area on a regular basis and expose the skin to air as much as possible. Antiperspirant can be used to reduce sweating at the area and thongs should be worn when at public swimming pools, showers, gyms and other communal areas.
To limit the spread of the infective bug both hands and feet should be washed thoroughly after touching the infected area, towels should not be shared and bare foot walking should be limited. Additionally, cleaning the shower, bath and bathroom with a mild bleach wash will reduce the chances of tertiary infection.
In conclusion, the faster you begin to diagnose and treat this condition the fast it is going to disappear. Follow all the protocol outlined above in regard to footwear, hygiene and applications to best limit the spread of the condition to other parts of your body and other people who you may come in contact with.
Until next time, thanks for reading.
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