Athlete’s foot explained
Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a common skin infection of the feet caused by fungus. It often results in itching, scaling, and redness. In severe cases the skin may blister. Athlete’s foot may affect any part of the foot, but occurs most often between the toes. The next most common area is the bottom of the foot. Fungal infection of the nails or of the hands may occur at the same time. It is a member of the group of diseases known as tinea.
Athlete’s foot is typically acquired by coming into contact with infected skin, or fungus in the environment. Common places where the fungi can survive are around swimming pools and in locker rooms.They may also be spread from other animals.
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Preventing Athlete’s foot
Some methods of preventing Athlete’s foot include avoiding walking barefoot in public showers, keeping the toenails short, wearing big enough shoes, and changing socks daily.
Treating Athlete’s foot
When infected the feet should be kept dry and clean and wearing sandals may help. Treatment is usually antifungal medication applied to the skin, such as clotrimazole. For persistent infections, antifungal medication that are taken orally, such as terbinafine can be used. The use of the cream is typically recommended for four weeks.
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