Athlete’s Foot Treatment
Tinea Pedis or Athlete’s Foot as it is commonly known, is a fungal infection of the feet which can lead to itching, blistered, cracked and peeling areas of skin, which can result in redness and scaling. It is commonly found between the fourth and fifth toes, where it is especially moist, but can affect all surfaces of the feet.
Athlete’s foot is caused by fungal species which can be picked up from anywhere, but typically communal areas such as gyms, showers and changing rooms. This this can also be extended to anywhere you may walk around barefoot.
Once your feet have acquired the fungus, the warm, dark and sweaty environment of the feet in cramped shoes provides the ideal breeding ground for the fungus. Athlete’s foot is not just related to moist, sweaty skin. It can also occur in dry, flaky areas. It is quite common in summer when sandal-wearers expose their feet and the skin dries out. As the skin dehydrates, it loses its natural protective oils, and this combined with constant trauma – scuffs to the skin from sandals can make the feet more prone to infection.
If left untreated, the fungus can spread to the toe nails, causing thickening and yellowing of the nail, which is much harder to treat. This fungal nail infection is called Onychomycosis and is treated effectively with PACT Therapy. Fungal infections are highly contagious and can spread anywhere on your skin.
There are many things you can do to make your feet less susceptible to fungal infections; firstly re-think your footwear and change it on a regular basis. There is little point sorting your feet out if they are constantly re-infected by putting them into damp fungally infected shoes. It takes 24-48 hours for shoes to dry out properly, so it is best to change your shoes daily. Another way to help is of course to ensure you change your socks daily.
Wearing flip-flops in communal changing rooms may help towards picking up other species of fungus.
Re-visit your footcare treatment regimes on what type of athlete’s foot you have:
For athlete’s foot where the skin conditions are dry such as your heel, then you need to restore the moisture and kill the fungus by rubbing in an anti-fungal cream or ointment such as Mycota Cream. However do not forget to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
Where the athlete’s foot is moist, this requires altogether different treatment. Wash your feet in cold water; hot water only makes your feet fungus-friendly. Dab dry using a separate towel. This is to prevent cross infection. Do not to rub away any healing skin. As the aim is to get rid of moisture, never moisturize between your toes. An anti-fungal medicated talc such as Mycota Powder dusted into hosiery can help. A spirit-based preparation may also help to dry skin, such as surgical spirit.
Anti-fungal powders are also best for dusting inside shoes and trainers to kill the fungal spores.