I’ve Got an Itch to Scratch: Athletes Foot (Tinea Pedis)
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 the same pair of socks a couple of days in a row are more at risk.
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 areas of red, scaly rash which results in splitting and peeling of the skin.
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.
The faster you to diagnose and treat this condition the faster it is going to disappear.