Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot also known as tinea pedis is a fungal infection that usually affects or starts in between the toes and gradually spreads to the toes nails and hand.  The name was derived because it usually affects athletes.

Risk factors

  • Affects mostly men
  • Sharing of personal belonging like shoes and socks
  • Tight shoes and damp socks
  • Walking bare foot in high risk area such as pools

Signs and Symptoms

Itching in between toes

Blisters and ulcers

Scaly red rash

Prevention

  • Clean pedicure equipment regularly
  • Use of foot wears in the pool areas and bathrooms
  • Use of foot powder
  • Change socks regularly
  • Do not share shoes and socks

Management

Non pharmacological

Foot hygiene: ensure to keep the feet clean and dried especially in-between the toes

Pharmacological

Products like Scholl Athlete’s Foot Powder, Lamisil Athlete’s Foot Cream, Daktarin Aktiv Spray Powder, Mycota Athlete’s Foot Powder, Mycota Athlete’s Foot Cream are usually effective in treating athlete’s foot.

Learn more about Athletes Foot at emedicine.medscape.com/article/1091684/overview

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