Athlete's FootAthlete’s Foot: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
Frequently Asked Questions
Tinea Pedis, another name for athlete’s foot, is a typical fungal infection of the epidermis on the feet. A class of fungi known as dermatophytes, which flourish in warm, moist environments like sweaty socks and shoes, are responsible for the condition.
Athlete’s foot is widespread in some groups, such as:
- Athletes’ feet or individuals who frequently engage in physical activity that causes perspiration and wear closed-toe shoes create an environment that is warm, moist, and ideal for fungal growth.
- Users of public baths, such as those found in gyms or swimming pools, as the fungi can flourish in moist, warm environments.
- People whose immune systems are compromised, such as those who have diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or are enduring chemotherapy.
- The affected region has an itching, burning, or stinging feeling.
- The skin on the feet, particularly in the space between the toes, develops redness, scaling, and splitting. Skin that is dry and flaky on the sides or bottoms of the feet.
- Blisters that could leak or turn crusty.
- Odour comes from the affected region that smells bad.
- Toenails that are thick, discoloured, and brittle.
Listed below are a few typical reasons for an athlete’s foot.
- Sweating: Excessive sweating can produce a warm, humid atmosphere ideal for the fungus’s growth and reproduction.
- Walking barefoot: You risk contracting an athlete’s foot by going barefoot in public restrooms, swimming areas, and fitness centers.
- Tight shoes: Wearing shoes that are too small or tight can increase your risk of getting an athlete’s foot. Tight shoes can also be caused by wearing dirty socks and shoes.
- Immune system weakness: People with immune systems that are already compromised, such as those with diabetes or HIV, are more likely to acquire an athlete’s foot.
- Keep your feet dry and tidy
- Put on ventilated shoes
- Regularly replace your sneakers and socks
- Utilize antimicrobial medications
- Do not go barefoot in public spaces
- Avoid sharing personal items
- Be cautious when using nail salons