Athlete’s Foot Tinea Pedis, Ringworm of the Foot

Athlete’s foot is a skin infection caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm and jock itch. It usually occurs between the toes or on the soles of the feet and it occurs most commonly in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tight-fitting shoes. The signs of athlete’s foot can include dry skin, itching, scaling and blisters. Blisters often lead to cracking of the skin and when they break, small raw areas of tissue are exposed, causing pain and swelling. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be spread via contaminated floors, towels or clothing. It can also easily be spread to your hand — especially if you scratch or pick at the infected parts of your feet.

Athlete’s Foot Treatment & Cure:

Athlete’s Foot can be treated and hopefully cured with daily washing of the feet with soap and water or quality anti-fungal soap; drying carefully, especially between the toes; and changing shoes and socks regularly to decrease moisture. You can reduce perspiration by using foot powder in shoes, and wear shoes of leather or canvas, or perhaps nylon mesh, which allow good air circulation. You should also avoid walking barefoot and use shower shoes whenever possible. If these suggestions don’t work, it can be treated with over-the-counter anti-fungal medications or see a podiatrist for prescription medication. These tips are all effective treatments for athlete’s foot. Dr. Hurless recommends Castellani Paint Modified for painful infections between the toes. See our Athlete’s Foot Kit for the best, overall solution.

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