How to Prevent Athlete's Foot

Up to 15% of the US population experiences athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, whether they are athletes or not.

There are several ways to treat and prevent this condition. Although it is not a serious condition, it can be extremely uncomfortable and make walking difficult.

Athlete's foot: what causes it?

You do not have to be an athlete or play sports to get an athlete's foot, despite its name. The fungus that causes an athlete's foot grow in warm, damp, and humid places. In addition to public showers, bathroom floors, swimming pools, and locker rooms, it also lurks in public showers and bathroom floors.

Athlete's foot symptoms

The athlete's foot symptoms are easy to identify. The infection usually begins between your toes. It can spread to your toes, toenails, and front of your foot. As well as red, flaky patches that are usually itchy, dry, and cracked, this rash-like infection can sometimes thicken and swell, and blisters can form.

Here are some great tips for preventing athlete's foot

An athlete's foot can be prevented in many ways, but you have to be diligent about following them to prevent an infection from forming. Here are some tips:

Public places are not a good places to wear sandals

The best way to protect yourself from getting an athlete's foot is to wear flip-flops or other protective shoes in the shower, after swimming, or when you are walking around in a locker room or public restroom. It is common for athletes' feet to develop and spread in high-traffic public places that are often damp because it is contagious.

Make sure you wash and dry your feet every day

Don't forget to wash your feet with soap when you wash them, especially between your toes, where germs and fungi like to settle. And don't forget to dry them to prevent fungus from growing.

Make sure your shoes and feet are aired out

Take off your shoes and socks when you get home after a game and let them and your feet get fresh air. When you're not in public places, give your feet and shoes time to air-dry. If you play sports frequently, consider getting two pairs of shoes so that you can alternate one pair while the other dries out. Don't forget to wash those socks and change them whenever you leave the house.

Athlete's foot treatment

To eliminate your athlete’s foot infection, All-In-One Foot Care recommends a customized treatment plan based on the frequency and severity of your athlete’s foot. A number of antifungal medications, lotions, powders, or sprays are available over-the-counter or by prescription.

The prevention tips listed above will also help your athlete's foot disappear.

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Friday, February 17, 2023