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Tips on Preventing Athlete's Foot
Treating Athlete's Foot
Athlete's foot is a foot fungus that can be; itchy, smelly, and contagious. A rash can form between the toes that is irritable, with flaking skin and sometimes with small pus blisters. The medical term for athlete's foot is "tineas pedis." The itchy rash of athlete's foot is formed on the bottom of the foot, on the sides of the foot, and between the toes. Some conditions of athlete's foot can crack the skin, and can also feel burning. Fungus is found on the toenails also.
Often foot fungus is contagious through public places such as: gyms, swimming pools, showers. Another way foot fungus is spread is by sharing shoes or socks with a person that has athlete's foot.
When treating athlete's foot you would have to wash your feet before wearing shoes, and wash your feet again after taking your shoes off. Cool water is best for washing athlete's foot, not hot water. It's a good idea to keep the feet as cool as possible, and wipe out your shoes with a 'Clorox wipe' to help eliminate the fungus. Use an antibacterial soap for washing your feet daily.
Avoid using baby powder for athlete's foot, because it will cake up and become uncomfortable on your feet. There are treatments you can buy at pharmacies: topical antifungal creams (Derman Antifungal Cream), and sprays. Apply an antifungal cream on feet after bathing; it's better to apply the cream on before going to bed. Wash the antifungal cream off of your feet the next morning, and then apply the cream again. Apply the antifungal cream to the feet 2-3 times a day after washing your feet in cool soapy water, and then rinse soap away.
How to Prevent Athlete's Foot
Try to keep your feet dry during the day. Foot fungus bacteria can grow when wearing tight shoes or damp socks. Wear cotton socks and change them often if your feet sweat. Wear shoes when walking around a gym facility. Also clean shower floors before getting in the shower. Avoid sharing shoes with other people, especially with athletes. Use antibacterial soap for showering and bathing. Throw away shoes that are impossible to wash after the shoes are exposed to feet fungus.
Also athlete's foot can cause skin rashes on other parts of the body, and spread to other people when sharing blankets, towels, and wash cloths.
In some cases a doctor will need to treat the athlete's foot patient with an oral medication as well. See a doctor if symptoms of fungus returns after you've treated it.
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