Athlete’s Foot is the name given to a common form of fungal infection when it affects the skin on the feet. It typically occurs as a secondary event to skin infection. Anyone can be affected by fungal nail infections as they are very common and easy to pick up, however, peak prevalence of nail fungus occurs in the elderly. Communal activities and places (swimming pools, changing rooms, hotels, trying on shoes in a shop) increase the spread of infection. Athlete’s Foot thrives in warm, damp environments, such as sweaty shoes and socks made from man-made fibres.
Although the condition does not cause permanent harm, if left unchecked the fungus can infect the toenails, making it more difficult to treat. It can also spread to the rest of the foot and other areas of the body. Whilst this is often not much more than a cosmetic problem, the quality of life for sufferers can be reduced. However, more importantly, Athlete’s Foot can also cause secondary bacterial infection, such as cellulitis (an infection of the skin).
What are the symptoms?
- Itching, especially between the toes
- Red, raw looking skin
- Skin that flakes, peels or cracks
- Sore, weeping rash
A lot of people do not necessarily get symptoms as severe as these, and just experience itching.
How do you treat Athlete’s Foot?
Your podiatrist will carefully treat the problem with the necessary products and procedures. We recommend Lamisil Once, cream, gel or spray to apply directly to the affected area.
How to prevent fungal nail infections
- Wash your feet every day, and dry gently and thoroughly, especially between the toes.
- Wearing cotton socks allows the skin to breathe and prevents sweating. Change hosiery every day.
- Avoid wearing the same shoes every day. Alternate between different pairs to allow them to dry out thoroughly.
- If possible, wear sandals – they allow the air to circulate, keeping the feet dry.