Athlete’s foot – Treatment and Athlete’s foot Causes

Athlete's foot - Treatment and Athlete's foot Causes

What is Athlete’s Foot ?

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a common persistent infection of the foot caused by a microscopic fungus that lives on dead tissue of the hair, toenails, and outer skin layers (dermatophyte). These fungi thrive in warm, moist environments such as shoes, stockings, and the floors of public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools.

Athlete’s foot should not be ignored–it can be easily treated, but it also can be very resistant to treatment.

Causes of Athlete’s Foot

A fungus known as a dermatophyte causes athlete’s foot.

  • This fungus can be contracted by sharing the shoes of an infected person.
  • It needs a warm moist environment to flourish and has been found growing on the floors of locker rooms and public showers and in swimming pools and whirlpools.
  • The fungus can also be transmitted by contact with pets who carry it on their fur.

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot may affect different people in different ways. Some of the common symptoms are: itching, scaling, peeling and cracking of the skin between the toes, and redness, scaling and even blisters on the soles and along the sides of the feet.

Why does Athlete’s Foot develop?

The fungi that causes athlete’s foot grows in moist, damp places. Sweaty feet, not drying feet well after swimming or bathing, tight shoes and socks, and a warm climate all contribute to the development of athlete’s foot.

Treatment of Athlete’s Foot

  • Treatment for athlete’s foot is usually simple, uncomplicated, and usually carried out at home. Topical antifungal preparations should be effective in treating dry and scaly areas. These include topical clotrimazole (Lotrimin) and miconazole (available over the counter) and terbinafine (Lamisil) cream.
  • Side effects are rare and include mild gastrointestinal distress and liver/kidney enzyme problems.
  • Allylamines can be used to combat stubborn tinea infections. These prescription drugs cause a buildup of compounds that are toxic to fungi, and include terbinafine (contained in Lamisil?) and naftifine (Naftin?).

Self-Care

  • If possible, remove the insoles of shoes and sneakers to allow them to dry out over night.
  • Alternate wearing different pairs of shoes to allow them to dry out for a day or two at a time.
  • It is important to keep your feet clean and dry. Wear clean absorbent socks made of natural fibers, such as cotton, and change them during the day if your feet become moist or sweaty.
  • Alternate wearing different pairs of shoes to allow them to dry out for a day or two at a time.

Natural Home Remedies

Foot Treatment

  • 50g Aloe Gel
  • 10 drops Myrrh oil
  • 10 drops Lavender oil
  • 5 drops Tea Tree
  • Apply 2-3 times daily

Foot Bath Treatment

  • 2 drops Myrrh oil
  • 2 drops Lavender oil
  • 2 drops Tea tree oil
  • 1 drop of solubalizer
  • Luke warm water
  • Bath 2 times daily

Prevent tips of Athlete’s Foot

  • Always dry the feet, paying particular attention to the toe webs.
  • After drying, apply anti fungal lotion and follow this with an anti fungal foot powder. Zeasorb AF is good because it contains no cornstarch, a substance that can encourage fungal growth.
  • Change your socks and underwear every day, especially in warm weather.
  • Avoid walking barefoot in public areas. Instead, wear “flip-flops,” sandals or water shoes.
  • Don’t wear thick clothing for long periods of time in warm weather. It will make you sweat more.
  • Throw away worn-out exercise shoes. Never borrow other people’s shoes.

Wear waterproof sandals in public showers and pools.