Athletes Foot

2196 WordsApr 13, 20139 Pages
Athlete's foot is an infection caused when fungi invade the skin. It occurs on the bottom of feet and/or between toes and is highly contagious. If left untreated, it can: • Spread to other parts of the body • Invade and destroy the nail plates of your toenails • Hinder athletic performance Symptoms include burning, itching, cracking and scaling. How'd I get it? It's most commonly picked up by walking barefoot in a locker room, public pool or shower area. People are most susceptible when their feet are sweating or lack proper ventilation (e.g., wearing sneakers that are too tight). How do I get rid of it? • Wash and dry the infected area • Apply a thin layer of Tinactin® Cream twice a day (morning and night) • Pay special attention to the…show more content…
Because of this the fungus only affects approximately 0.75% of habitually (frequently) barefoot people.[2] Although the condition typically affects the feet, it can infect or spread to other areas of the body, including the groin, particularly areas of skin that are kept hot and moist, such as with insulation, body heat, and sweat, e.g. in a shoe, for long periods of time. While the fungus is generally picked up through walking barefoot in an infected area or using an infected towel, infection can be prevented by remaining barefoot as this allows the feet to dry properly and removes the fungus' primary incubator - the warm moist interior of a shoe.[3] Athlete's foot can be treated by a number of pharmaceuticals (including creams) and other treatments, although it can be almost completely prevented by never wearing shoes, or wearing them as little as possible. Contents [hide] • 1 Signs and symptoms • 2 Diagnosis • 3 Transmission • 4 Prevention • 5 Treatments o 5.1 Medication  5.1.1 Topical  5.1.2 Oral o 5.2 Alternative treatments • 6 References • 7 External links [edit] Signs and symptoms Pale, flaky & split skin of athlete's foot in a toe Athlete's foot causes scaling, flaking, and itching of the affected skin. Blisters and cracked skin may also occur, leading to exposed raw tissue, pain, swelling, and
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