Athlete’s foot cream. This video is on Athlete’s Foot cure, spray, treatment, powder, symptoms and prevention.
Athlete’s foot (medically known as tinea pedis) is the common term for a skin infection of the feet or toes caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes. They thrive in warm and moist environments such as changing rooms, showers, shoes and socks, so they are also happy living on your feet where conditions are similar. Athlete’s foot usually occurs between your toes, but it can also affect the soles and sides of your feet.
ATHLETE’S FOOT SYMPTOMS:
• Itchy and burning toes and feet
• Scaly, very dry, cracked or peeling skin
• Fissures/splits and softening and whitening of the skin between the toes
• Cracking skin on the sole or heels
• Smelly feet
For pictures of the symptoms please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/athletes-foot/
ATHLETE’S FOOT TREATMENT:
Athlete’s foot can be treated locally with antifungal creams, sprays, liquids and powders that are available from your pharmacist without a prescription.
Topical antifungals include Terbinafine, Miconazole and Clotrimazole. Treatment should be used as directed by your pharmacist and should be continued for two weeks after the symptoms have disappeared to ensure the infection has been treated effectively.
WHEN TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR WITH ATHLETE’S FOOT:
• Treatments from a pharmacy don’t work
• You’re in a lot of discomfort
• Your foot is red, hot and painful – this could be a more serious infection
• You have diabetes – foot problems can be more serious if you have diabetes
• You have a weakened immune system – for example, you have had an organ transplant or are having chemotherapy
• If you are pregnant antifungal medication may not be suitable for you and you should make an appointment with your doctor to find out the best way to treat your athlete’s foot.
PREVENT GETTING & SPREADING ATHLETE’S FOOT:
There are really easy ways to avoid athlete’s foot keeping your feet clean and dry is one of the most important prevention tips because fungi love warm and moist places.
• There’s no point treating your feet from athlete’s foot if you constantly re-infect them by putting them into damp, fungal infected footwear. So change them on a regular basis and don’t wear the same footwear every day have a few pairs of work shoes and gym trainers so you can rotate.
• I have 3 pairs of work shoes that I rotate through during the weeks this is super important as it takes 24-48 hours for shoes to dry out properly so alternate and it will help.
• If you really have to wear the same footwear day after day, let’s say you’re on holiday. Then dry them out using a hair dryer on a cold setting, taking the insoles out can also help them dry quicker.
• Another tip is to make sure your footwear isn’t too tight, if its too tight your toes are going to be squeezed together which encourages heat, sweating and fungus. So let the air circulate between the toes by getting wider footwear and not tying the laces too tight.
• Flip flops wear them in the bathroom and in public showers, pools, hot tubs, changing rooms basically wherever you may walk barefoot. It’s going to ensure you don’t shed skin around for others to pick up but also stop you picking up other species of fungus. Also never wear anyone else’s footwear.
• Always dry your feet carefully, especially between your toes. Also wear for cotton, silk or wool socks rather than synthetic ones so your feet sweat less and make sure to change them daily with fresh clean ones. With towels wash them frequently and don’t share them.
• Athletes foot is very contagious so to prevent spreading follow these tips and don’t share clothes, shoes or socks.
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