- by Dr. Asmita Dhekne Chebbi
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- Jan 20 2018
ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM ATHLETE’S FOOT?
Tinea pedis is an infection that affects the skin on the feet and gets the name Athlete’s foot because it commonly occurs in athletes. It is a fungal infection that affects the skin on your feet and is a contagious disease that can be got by going barefoot in places like locker rooms and can even spread to your hands and toenails.
What causes Athlete’s foot?
It is a fungal infection that affects the skin on your foot. The fungus spreads through direct contact or catching the fungus by touching the surface that is already contaminated by the fungus.
The Tinea fungus thrives in warm and moist areas so is commonly found near swimming pools and showers. The fungus can effect anybody but certain factors increase your chances of contacting it:
- Going barefoot in areas prone to the fungus
- Sharing socks and footwear with an infected person
- Very tight and closed type footwear
- Sweaty feet
- Leaving feet moist for long hours
Symptoms and diagnosis of Athlete’s foot
The symptoms can be evident as you can feel them and it becomes an increasingly obvious transition
- Constant itching of the feet and between toe nails
- Dry skin and cracking of the skin on the soul and between toes that start peeling
- Toe nails are discoloured and start breaking away
Doctors can identify Athlete’s foot through the symptoms or ask you to perform a simple test called KOH exam where they scrape off a bit on the infected skin and place it in KOH. This liquid destroys normal cells but leave the affected cells untouched.
Treating Athlete’s foot is easy to cure using the prescribed antifungal ointments or in some cases oral medication. You can also keep your feet in salt or mild vinegar water to ease the blisters. The condition is not dangerous and can be cured.
Preventing Athlete’s foot
- Cleanliness is most important. Wash your feet with soap everyday
- Don’t share socks of footwear
- Maintain hygiene levels and change your socks daily
- Alternate between footwear so that they are aired
- Let your feet breath
- Avoid going barefoot in public places
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