The athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection caused by tinea pedis. Tinea is another name for ringworm, and pedis means foot or feet Estimates suggest that 10% to 20% of the population has athlete’s foot, and 70% of the population will get athlete’s foot at some point in their lives.
We often think an athlete's foot is a problem only encountered during the warmer weather, winter moisture can also cause this fungal infection. When you layer a couple of pairs of socks, your sweaty feet can't breathe properly. This can cause an athlete's foot and a bacterial infection on top of it. Many treat it with creams, sprays, or powders from a pharmacy, but it can keep coming back
What it feels like- “The Symptoms”
- It may cause sore and flaky patches on your feet.
- The skin mostly looks red, but this may be less noticeable on brown or black skin.
- The infected area can also be cracked and bleed sometimes
- Itchy blisters on feet, which can spread in a large area
- Discolored, crumbly, and thick toenails.
- Toenails once infected are resistant to treatment and sometimes pull away from the nailbed.
- An athlete’s foot causes an itchy, stinging, burning rash on the skin on one or both of your feet.
Who is more at risk to develop athlete’s feet?
Athletes’ foot affects everyone. However, common in men and the elderly over the age of 60. You may be more likely to develop an athlete’s foot if you have:
- A weakened immune system.
- Poor feet hygiene
- Tissue damage or wounds on your feet.
How to prevent athlete’s feet
- Keep your feet clean and dry by washing them regularly. Do not forget to dry your feet completely after each wash, particularly between the toes.
- Always use a clean towel to dry your feet and do not share with other family members.
- Going on waterproof shoes or flip-flops will be helpful when walking around in public pool areas, public showers, and locker rooms.
- Develop a habit to switch between wearing shoes and flipflop to prevent the build-up of moisture.
- Choose footwear that is well-ventilated with small holes to keep the feet dry.
- Avoid socks that trap moisture or make the feet sweat. Instead, choose cotton or wool socks or ones made of fabric that wicks away moisture.
- Change socks regularly, especially if the feet get sweaty.
- Use a powder on the feet every day to help reduce sweating.