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An introduction to athletes foot
Athlete's Foot or Tinea Pedis is a very common form of fungal infection that appears on the skin or in the nails. It may be caused by a number of different organisms but all produce a similar appearance. Fungal infections can affect people of all ages. They thrive in warm damp environments. Footwear creates the necessary conditions of moisture and warmth between the toes and communal activity permits the spread of infection. Swimming baths and changing rooms are the most frequent source of infection.
Symptoms of athletes foot
Nails tend to be discoloured, thickened and brittle with an odour. They can be very difficult to cut.
Skin symptoms are:
Itching between the toes, especially the fourth and fifth toes.
Red raw looking skin which is often itchy.
Skin that flakes, peels, or cracks.
Sore, pus-filled weeping rash.
Dry, red skin over the soles in a moccasin pattern.
For the skin there are many effective creams and powders on the market which you should use according to the manufacturers instructions. Consult the Podiatrist for advice on the most suitable product.
Toenail infections are much harder to treat. It is best for the Podiatrist to thin down the thickened nail before using a treatment such as a paint or lacquer like Loceryl or Phytex. Tablets are also available on prescription only. Get advice from the Podiatrist or Pharmacist and always read the label.
How to prevent athletes foot
Wash your feet at least once a day with soap and tepid water, drying thoroughly and gently between the toes.
Choose socks made from natural fibres, preferably cotton.
Change socks or tights every day. Wear well-fitting shoes or sandals wherever possible, which allow the air to circulate. Avoid footwear with rubber soles
or man-made materials. Use an anti-fungal powder and spray sparingly between the toes.
Lastly, never wear shoes for more than one day in a row to allow them to dry out thoroughly. Damp shoes are perfect for fungal infections to thrive in.