Athlete's Foot in Sugar Land
What is Athlete's Foot?
Athlete's foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring
between the toes. The fungus most commonly attacks the feet because shoes
create a warm, dark, and humid The warmth and dampness of areas around
swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms are also breeding grounds for
fungi. Because the infection was common among athletes who used these
facilities frequently, the term "athlete's foot" became
popular. Not all fungus conditions are athlete's foot. Other conditions,
such as disturbances of the sweat mechanism, reaction to dyes or adhesives
in shoes, eczema, and psoriasis, may mimic athlete's foot.
The signs of athlete's foot, singly or combined, are dry skin, itching,
scaling, inflammation, and blisters. Blisters often lead to cracking of
the skin. When blisters break, small raw areas of tissue are exposed,
causing pain and swelling. Itching and burning may increase as the infection
spreads. Athlete's foot may spread to the soles of the feet and to
the toenails. It can be spread to other parts of the body, notably the
groin and underarms, by those who scratch the infection and then touch
themselves elsewhere. The organisms causing athlete's foot may persist
for long periods. Consequently, the infection may be spread by contaminated
bed sheets or clothing to other parts of the body.
It is not easy to prevent athlete's foot because it is usually contracted
in dressing rooms, showers, and swimming pool locker rooms where bare
feet come in contact with the fungus. However, you can do much to prevent
infection by practicing good foot hygiene. Daily washing of the feet with
soap and water; drying carefully, especially between the toes; and changing
shoes and hose regularly to decrease moisture, help prevent the fungus
from infecting the feet. Also helpful is daily use of a quality foot powder.
- Avoid walking barefoot; use shower shoes.
- Reduce perspiration by using talcum powder.
- Wear light and airy shoes.
- Wear socks that keep your feet dry, and change them frequently if you perspire heavily.
Fungicidal and fungistatic chemicals, used for athlete's foot treatment,
frequently fail to contact the fungi in the horny layers of the skin.
Topical or oral antifungal drugs are prescribed with growing frequency.
In mild cases of the infection it is important to keep the feet dry by
dusting foot powder in shoes and hose. The feet should be bathed frequently
and all areas around the toes dried thoroughly.