Tinea Pedis, also known as Athlete’s Foot, is a skin disease caused by a fungus that usually develops between the toes. Shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment – the perfect habitat for a fungus to grow. Warm, damp areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms are also breeding grounds for fungi.
Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot include drying skin, itching, scaling, inflammation, and blisters on and between the toes. Promptly and properly treating the fungus will prevent it from spreading to the soles of the feet and to the toenails as well as other parts of the body.
Here are some top suggestions to prevent Athlete’s Foot:
- Avoid walking around barefooted, notably in public pools and locker rooms.
- Applying talcum powder to your feet will reduce perspiration.
- Wear light and airy shoes.
- Wear socks that keep your feet dry, and change them frequently – especially if you perspire heavily.
While fungicidal and fungistatic chemicals are usually used to treat Athlete’s Foot, they often fail to contact the fungi in the lower layers of the skin. For persistent Athlete’s Foot, a prescription topical or oral antifungal drug may be needed.
Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.