Know About Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot, also known as Tinea Pedis, is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. It can spread to the adjacent skin, toenails and even the hands. This fungal infection is called athlete’s foot as it is popularly seen in athletes. The condition is not serious, but sometimes it takes time to achieve cure. It is more miserable in people with weak immune system or diabetes. In such cases, you need to seek medical help right away.

The fungus called tinea grows on the feet, which invades the skin through direct contact with an already infected person. The fungus thrives in moist and warm environments, such as swimming pools, showers and locker room floors.

Risk Factors

  • Keeping feet wet for longer duration
  • Continuous sweating of the feet
  • Nair injury on the foot
  • Wearing tight shoes
  • Sharing socks, shoes or towels with already infected person
  • Going in public places barefoot

Signs and Symptoms

  • Burning, stinging and itching of toes
  • Burning, stinging and itching on the soles
  • Itchy blister on the feet
  • Cracking with peeling of the skin
  • Crumbly and thick toenails
  • Loose toenails

Treatment

Athlete’s foot is often treated with effective over-the-counter antifungal medicines in the form of creams or ointments. If topical antifungal treatment fails, your physician may prescribe strong oral antifungal medicines. In addition, your physician may recommend home care remedies to eradicate the infection, such as soaking the feet in saline water to help health the blisters or applying tea tree oil to the lesion. Ask your doctor if you want to use tea tree oil, because in some cases, it causes dermatitis.

At PharmacyOutlet, you can acquire antifungal creams, powders and liquid solutions to get rid of athlete’s foot effectively. Talk to your doctor before using any topical applications for Tinea Pedis.

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