Despite the term, Athlete's Foot does not only happen to athletes. This condition, which is characterized by rash on the skin of the foot, is actually a common fungal skin infection. It is caused by various factors but primarily by a fungus that accumulates on the foot's top skin layer. And because it spreads easily, it is important to get rid of the problem as quickly as possible. Not only is this an embarrassing problem, it is also highly contagious. To bid goodbye to this problem for good, here are some things that you need to do.
Recognize the Symptoms
The first step in getting rid of athlete's foot is to be aware of its symptoms. You won't be able to treat it if you don't know that you have a problem.
Symptoms depend on what type of athlete's foot you have.
If you have the toe-web infection type, which usually occurs between the fourth and fifth toes, you will notice that your skin in those parts will peel and crack. There may even be a scaly texture.
The moccasin-type of infection starts with minimal aching on the foot. Eventually, the skin on the heel will thicken and crack. In serious cases, even the toenails are affected. They thicken, crumble and fall out. This particular type of fungal infection requires immediate medical attention.
Finally, the vesicular infection starts with a sudden outbreak of blisters filled with fluid on the bottom of the foot. This can lead to bacterial infection and should also be treated right away.
Take Bonprescription Medicines
Many nonprescription antifungals can be used to treat this condition. These include terbinafine (Lamisil AT), miconazole (Micatin), clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF), and tolnaftate (Tinactin). These medications come in various forms such as creams, lotions, gels, sprays, powders, swabs, ointments and solutions. All these are topical medicine, which means that they are to be applied on the top layer of the skin. Treatment will go on from 1 to 6 weeks.
Go to the Doctor
If these medications do not work, it is important that you consult your doctor right away. Your doctor will prescribe pills or topical medicine that will get rid of the problem immediately. Make sure that you follow the dosage advice of the doctor.
Take Care of your Foot
Keep in mind that fungi thrive in wet and warm places. If you want to get rid of this problem for good, you need to keep your feet dry and clean. Wear only clean shoes that are not moist or damp. Choose footwear that is made of material that can allow moisture to escape. Leather shoes and sandals are ideal. As for the socks, use only cotton socks that can absorb sweat. See to it that you change your socks twice everyday. You can also use talcum powder on your feet to keep them dry. Make it a habit to dry your toes and those spaces in between after bathing or swimming. Use a clean dry towel to do this.