Feet feeling itchy? Is the skin between your toes cracked and dry? Are your feet shedding skin? Well, you may just have a fungal infection, commonly known as athlete’s foot.
Athlete’s foot does not only occur in athletes but can actually happen to anyone. You can catch it from swimming pools, public showers or locker rooms, or even your own bathroom if someone in your household has it. What exactly is athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection. There are six different types of fungus that can attack your feet, but all of them love living and growing in the warm, moist areas between your toes and the bottoms and sides of your feet. You can catch this foot fungus from basically anywhere that is moist and is commonly used by many people.
If you do have the infection, you need to treat it and kill off the fungus. If you don’t treat it, not only can you spread it to other people, but you can also spread it throughout your own body. You can make the fungal infection worse or spread it to new parts of your body by doing the following things:
1. Not drying your feet thoroughly after baths or showers.
2. Being careless when you get dressed. (You should make sure your feet are covered first, with socks, before you put anything else on, such as panties or underwear. This should be done to prevent itching and fungal growth elsewhere on your body.)
How to prevent athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot, though very common, can be prevented. You have to be careful of where you put your bare feet. Just because the shower in the locker room looks clean, doesn’t mean it is. Take the following precautions:
1. Always wear flip-flops or shower slippers if you are going to be showering in a public area.
2. Keep your feet dry. These fungi need moisture to stay alive. Wear cotton socks as much as possible. If you want something more absorbent and quicker drying than cotton, wear polypro (polypropylene) socks. Also remember to change your socks at least once a day. If you don’t change your socks, you are trapping the fungus and allowing it to thrive on your feet.