Imagine after a hard day’s work from school,bank,or even the workplace.On getting home,you pull off your shoes only to be greeted by an oozing smell from your toes(feet).
Here’s are fun facts you need to know about Athlete’s foot:
– Its medical name is Tinea pedis
– Another beautiful name it has is ‘Jungle Root'(so funny)
THE BIG QUESTION:WHAT IS ATHLETE’S FOOT?
Tinea pedis (Athlete’s foot) is a fungal infectiob that occurs between the toes.It commonly occurs in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tight-fitting shoes.
WHERE AND IN WHOM DOES IT OCCUR THE MOST?
Globally,fungal infections affect about 15% of the population and 20% of adults.Lets just say its common in individuals who
– wear occlusive foot waer such as rubber boots,vinyl shoes.
– expose their feet to water for a lobg time,etc.
WHAT CAUSES ATHLETE’S FOOT?
It is caused by the same type of fungus that causes ringworm and jock itch.Damp socks and shoes and warm,humid conditions favour the organism’s growth.
CAN ATHLETE’S FOOT BE SPREAD?
Yes,of course.It could also be contagious and can be spread by contact with an infection or from contact with contaminated surfaces,such as towels,floor,shoes.
You’re at a higher risk if you
– frequently wear damp socks or tight fitting shoes.
– walk barefoot in public areas,such as locker rooms,swimming pools,saunas,etc.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ATHLETE’S FOOT?
– Itching,stinging and burning between your feet.
– Blisters on your feet that itch
– Discoloured ,thick and crumbly toenails.
– Raw skin on your feet
– Cracking and peeling skin.
– Smelly dry skin on your soles or side of the feet.
HOW CAN ATHLETE’S FOOT BE DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose you,your doctor might take a skin scraping or skin sample from your foot for testing in a laboratory.
CAN ATHLETE’S FOOT BE TREATED?
If your athlete’s foot is mild,your doctor may suggest using an over-the-counter ointment,cream,powder or spray.
CAN ATHLETE’S FOOT BE PREVENTED?
We all know the saying that goes:Prevention is better than cure.
-Keep your feet dry,especially between your toes.
– Change socks regularly.
– Wear light,well- ventilated shoes.
– Alternate pair of shoes.
– Protect your feet in public places.
– Treat your feet and don’t share shoes.