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Athlete’s Foot

Information about Athlete’s Foot

We Have to Know about the Athlete’s Foot

  • Fungal infection, usually between the fourth and fifth toes

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Any scaly rashes?
  • Itching and burning sensation?

Causes of Athlete’s Foot

  • Fungal infections are contagious and can be passed through direct contact, or contact with items such as shoes, stockings, and shower or pool surfaces
  • Transmitted from contact with pets that carry the fungus

Do’s and Don’ts of Athlete’s Foot

  • Good personal hygiene
  • Prophylaxis use of antifungal or drying powders
  • Wearing sandals at a public shower or pool
  • Drying the feet thoroughly after bathing or swimming
  • Wearing wool socks
  • Shoes should be well ventilated and preferably of natural material such as leather

Signs & Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

  • Itching and burning
  • Affected area appears red and scaly
  • The nails are discolored, thickened and crumbly
  • Red blisters
  • Red ulcers

Medical advice for Athlete’s Foot

  • If It is becoming worse when it is not treated

Risk factors of Athlete’s Foot

  • Poor hygiene
  • Closed-up footwear
  • Prolonged moist skin
  • Minor skin or nail injuries
  • Barefoot
  • Swimming pool
  • Shoes and towels of an infected person

Treatment for Athlete’s Foot

  • Oral medicines
  • Local ointments

Self-care for Athlete’s Foot

  • Keep the skin clean and dry. Wash thoroughly with soap and water and dry completely. Blow-drying the feet with a hair dryer is preferable
  • Wear clean socks and change socks and shoes as often as necessary to keep the feet dry
  • Topical over-the-counter antifungal powders or creams

Investigations for Athlete’s Foot

  • Skin culture
  • Skin lesion biopsy
  • Skin lesion KOH exam
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