Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection caused by a fungus called Tinea Pedis. It also called ringworm of the foot and dermatophytosis. The condition easily spreads in public places such as crowded rooms or halls, public showers, locker rooms and fitness centres.
Athlete s foot usually affects the spaces between the toes but can spread to toe nails and the soles and sides of the feet.
These organisms infect the superficial layer of the skin sprouting like tendrils and in response to this fungal growth, the skin becoming thick and scaly.
Most infections respond well to ointments which include:
If there is secondary bacterial infection the doctor may prescribe antibiotics with wet dressings, steroid ointments, compresses or vinegar soaks to help clear up blisters or soggy skin.
1） Keep your feet dry especially between the toes.
2）Go barefoot to let your feet dry as much as possible when you are at home.
3）Wear socks that are made of natural material such as cotton or wool or a synthetic fiber designed to draw moisture away from your feet.
4）Change your socks and stockings regularly.
5）Wear light, well-ventilated shoes and do not borrow shoes from others as it increases the risk of infection.
6）Avoid shoes made of synthetic material, such as vinyl, rubber or plastic.
7）Use alternate pairs of shoes and protect your feet in public places.
8）Wear waterproof sandals or shower shoes in pools, fitness centers and other public areas.
9）Getting appropriate treatment for athlete s foot.