Wednesday Injury/health condition chats. This one might sound familiar to some of you. Have you heard of athlete’s foot? I first heard of it in middle school when a coach of mine was talking to a fellow classmate about it, but to say I have had it, would be a lie but luckily after doing research during college and learning some things, I am now more understanding of what this is. Hopefully this post will be helpful to you as well.
What Is Athlete’s Foot?
A fungal infection that effects the skin on the feet and is considered contagious.
Just an Fyi, it has been known to spread to hands and toenails.
There are more mild cases and some that are very severe – I shown a picture that wasn’t severe, but feel free to look at some of the more severe cases, they can be very scary.
- Direct contact from someone who has it
- touching surfaces contaminated with it
- Can be found in locker rooms, around swimming pools and in warm & damp areas
- Visiting public places barefoot
- Sharing socks, shoes or towels with an infected person
- wearing tight fitted , closed-toed shoes
- sweaty feet
- Minor skin or nail injury on your foot
- keeping the feet wet for prolonged periods of time
- itching, stinging and burning between the toes
- itching, stinging and burning on the soles of the foot
- Blisters on the feet that itch
- cracking and peeling skin on the feet
- dry skin on the soles or sides of the feet
- discolored, thick and crumbling toenails
- toenails that pull away from the nail bed
Most doctor’s will diagnose this infection by doing a skin test or from the symptoms described
- OTC medications (over the counter)
- Prescription medications
- home care – soaking feet in salt water or diluted vinegar to dry up the blisters
Something to keep in mind about Athlete’s foot, is that it can lead to more severe cases if someone is allergic to the fungus or if it goes untreated it can cause other issues with worse consequences. There are other alternatives to ridding of athlete’s foot but the above listed are some of the more popular ways. Be sure to consult with your doctor.
When in doubt .. cream it out..
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