The medical term for Athlete’s Foot is tinea pedis. It is a fungal infection that normally affects the feet. There are medical treatments available for the disease but might recur despite the treatment.Our body plays hosts to various bacteria and fungi.
Some of these microorganisms are affect the body positively while others multiply in numbers under suitable conditions and cause infection. The fungus responsible for Athlete’s foot is found on human body but reproduces its kind leading to infection. The fungus is mainly found in between the feet.
Athlete’s foot can occur along with jock itch or ringworm as they are all caused due to skin infection. The fungi for these infections live well and multiply in moist conditions. Hence people who keep their feet wet for long or have sweaty feet are more susceptible to Athlete’s foot. Wearing close or ill-fitting shoes or skin and nail injury on the feet can also lead to Athlete’s foot.
Athlete’s foot is a contagious infection and can be passed among a group of closely associated people who come in direct contact of others’ personal things like shoes and socks. Athlete’s foot can also be passed on in community bathrooms and swimming pools.
The condition is characterized by peeling of the skin in between the toes. Flaking and cracks can also appear in the area. The affected patch becomes red and itches. Slight burning sensation is followed by eruption of blisters. In very rare cases the heel of the foot might also be infected.
Diagnosis for Athlete’s foot can be done by the doctor by checking out the appearance of the skin. Medical tests are also conducted and include skin culture, skin lesion biopsy and skin lesion KOH exam.
Treatment for Athlete’s foot is possible using anti-fungal powders and creams. These topical treatments are available over-the-counter and regular use for two weeks clears up the infection. However, there are always chances of the infection coming back.
A few simple steps will keep the fungus from multiplying again.
- Clean your feet regularly using a medicated soap. Dry your feet well especially the area between toes.
- If you have sweaty feet then carry extra pair of socks with you. Change into these when you find your feet getting sweaty.
- Sprinkle corn starch powder on your feet as it helps absorb moisture from the feet.
- Wash your socks regularly and never wear unclean socks.