Athlete’s foot aka ‘tinea pedis’ is a rash on the skin of the foot and it’s the most common fungal skin infection.
It is caused by a fungus that grows on or in the top layer of skin. Fungi grow best in warm, wet places, such as the area between the toes.
Athlete’s foot spreads easily. You can get it by touching the toes or feet of a person who has it. People get it most often by walking barefoot on contaminated surfaces near swimming pools or in locker rooms. The fungi then grow in your shoes, especially if your shoes are tight. After you have had athlete’s foot, you are more likely to get it again.
Athlete’s foot can make your feet and the skin between your toes burn and itch. The skin may peel and crack. Your symptoms can depend on the type of athlete’s foot you have.
We have referred many customers to doctors as they have displayed the common signs of Athlete’s foot. It’s always best to seek medical advice.
Here’s to prevent Athlete’s foot:
- Keep your feet clean and dry.
- Dry between your toes after swimming or bathing.
- Wear shoes or sandals that allow your feet to breathe.
- When indoors, wear socks without shoes.
- Wear socks to absorb sweat. Change your socks twice a day.
- Use talcum or anti-fungal powder on your feet.
- Allow shoes to air for at least 24 hours before you wear them again.
- Wear plastic sandals by swimming pools and in showers.