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What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete's foot is a very common fungal infection. As its name suggests, it affects the skin on your feet. It is caused by skin parasites called dermatophytes, which feed on other organisms to survive.
Dermatophytes are generally divided into three groups:
- Geofile - Fungi that prefers earth
- Zoophile - Fungi that prefers animals
- Anthropophile - Fungi that prefers people
Anthropophile fungi causes athlete's foot, speifically Microsporum, Epidermophyton and Trichophyton, which are responsible for 90% of all ringworm and athlete's foot infections.
In this article, we will quickly review the causes and symptoms of athlete's foot and go through some of the most effective treatment methods you can use to manage it.
What are the causes of Athlete’s Foot?
We all carry the fungi that causes athlete’s foot in our bodies. They typically occupy dead skin cells, are harmless and go unnoticed. However, these fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, and when given fertile ground and opportunity to reproduce, they can lead to athlete’s foot.
Athlete’s foot is very common in both children and adults. It is often caused by wearing ill-fitting trainers or failing to properly dry your feet after bathing or swimming. Athelete’s foot is highly contagious, and can be easily spread via skin to skin contact and by sharing furniture, towels, clothes and shoes.
What are the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?
- Red, itchy rash between the toes.
- Skin flaking and scaling.
- The infection may spread to other parts of the body.
- Marked, chalked skin.
- If left untreated, the rash can be seen on the palms.
- Scaly, eczema-like skin rash.
What can you do to prevent Athlete’s Foot?
Since athlete’s foot is highly contagious and very common, it’s always wise to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of picking up the infection.
Athlete’s foot-causing fungi is most at home in warm, humid environments, so one preventative measure you can take is to ensure your shoes fit properly and that your feet have plenty of room to breathe.
- Wash your feet every day and remember to let them dry properly before putting your shoes and socks on. You should use a separate towel to dry your feet, so the infection is not transmitted. Don’t share towels.
- Wear socks made of cotton or wool, and change them at least twice a day. Don’t wear damp socks.
- Avoid wearing shoes made of synthetic materials. Leather shoes and sandals are best for your feet.
- Use antifungal powder on the inside of your shoes, and talcum powder on your feet to absorb moisture.
- Use a natural herbal remedy to treat athlete’s foot. We have some recommended treatments available at ShytoBuy.
How is Athlete’s Foot diagnosed?
The symptoms of athlete’s foot are easily recognized and visible to the human eye. In some cases, it may be necessary to visit a dermatologist, who can scrape the skin and perform tests to determine whether athlete’s foot fungi is present.
How can I treat Athlete’s Foot?
If you’re suffering with athlete's foot, don’t worry: typically, symptoms will disappear naturally over time. However, since it is highly contagious, it is important to use medical or natural treatments anyway to deal with the infecction as quickly as possible.
There are a variety of athlete’s foot treatments, including antifungal creams, sprays and creams that are available both with and without prescription. The most popular of these include Canesten AF, Lamisil and Mycil. In general, these work well, but we always recommend a natural approach to treatment, since you can get the same effect with natural medicine, which is more gentle and free of chemicals.
Our athlete's foot treatments are 100% natural, and do not pose any risk of side effects. They are safe to use for both adults and children. If symptoms persist after 2-3 weeks of treatment, contact a doctor to obtain a prescription for a stronger antifungal aid.