Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection affecting the feet which is also known as tinea pedis. The fungus thrives mostly in warm and moist areas between the toes and the affected skin becomes itchy and flaking. Men are most susceptible to this condition and people with a weak immune system and also children can also be affected by this condition.

The infection can be spread by direct contact with an infected person or by sharing or personal belongings. Walking barefoot on surfaces that are contaminated has a high risk of developing this infection which is usually common in swimming pools or locker rooms.

Symptoms

  • Burning sensation
  • Blistering
  • Itching can be felt between the toes
  • The toenails becomes thickened and discolored
  • The sole of the feet and toes becomes dry
  • Peeling of the skin
  • Fungal infections can develop in the toenails
    Athlete's foot

    The feet has been moist or wet for long periods of time

If symptoms become severe such as persistent rashes on the skin, redness, swelling, drainage and fever, seek medical help immediately.

Causes

  • Acquiring minor injuries on the nails or skin
  • Excessive sweating
  • Wearing closed shoes
  • The feet has been moist or wet for long periods of time

Treatment

  • Soak the affected foot in a salt water solution. Another way is to add a cup of vinegar to warm water and immerse the affected foot in the solution for at least 20 minutes every day.
  • Mix equal amounts of ethyl alcohol and cider vinegar and apply to the affected foot.
  • Sprinkle baking soda into the shoes in order to eliminate moisture that can cause athlete’s foot.
  • Using cornstarch also helps in removing moisture in the feet. The cornstarch should be heated until brown in color before using in order to help eliminate the moisture that is also present in the cornstarch.
  • Avoid eating excessive amounts of sugar in order to help prevent the growth of bacteria and interfere with the healing process.
  • Eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet especially fruits rich in vitamin C to strengthen the immune system of the body.
  • Eat foods rich in protein such as turkey, chicken and dairy products. These help in the repair of tissue and healing of the condition as well as regulating the metabolism of the body.
  • Make a paste by mixing crushed fresh garlic and mix with a few drops of olive oil and apply it to the affected foot or toes and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash it off using soap and water and dry it thoroughly. This treatment should be done on a daily basis in order to prevent the infection from becoming worse. Garlic has anti-fungal properties that help with the condition.
  • Take the prescribed over-the-counter medications for fungal infections

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