Taking Care of Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is a dermatitis that commonly affects the webs of toes and the soles of the feet. This fungus is contagious and can spread to your palms, body, and groin. Walking barefoot on floors after someone with athlete’s foot has walked there before you can cause this condition to spread. The most common symptoms of athlete’s foot include burning, itching, pain, and scaling on the skin of the feet. Luckily, there are many treatment options for athlete’s foot:
· Keep Your Feet Dry
Treatment of athlete’s foot typically has two parts. Because fungus likes to grow in warm, wet, dark places, the first step in treatment is keeping your feet dry. Wear shoes that are breathable, and wear socks that repel water away from your feet. Be sure to keep your feet clean by washing and drying them regularly. You should also change your socks and shoes often, especially after exercising, and use foot powders to keep your feet as dry as possible.
· Apply Antifungal Treatments
Using antifungal creams, washes, liquids, sprays, and powders to treat athlete’s foot can help rid you of the fungus. Keep in mind that athlete’s foot can also attack your toenails, so treatment of your nails can be important as well. More advanced cases may require a two- to three-week course of antifungal pills to be taken orally.
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