Tinea podis is the medical term for athlete’s feet. Itchy feet are the sign of athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot doesn’t necessarily have to be a professional athlete.
What causes Athlete’s Foot
An infection of the feet caused by fungus is called athlete’s foot. This is more common in young men and teenagers.
More likely to get infected are men
Anyone can become infected if they are exposed to the fungus. The fungus thrives when there is warmth, darkness, and moisture. This depends on how much activity you engage in. You should allow your shoes to dry completely if you sweat a lot. You should also change your shoes every now and again. The commonest form of athlete’s foot is found in men than women, as athletes tend to wear socks and shoes for longer periods.
Fungus can be found on the skin. Fungus can develop and cause athlete’s feet if it is allowed to grow in the right environment. Fungus thrives in moist, dark places like your shoes. Athlete’s foot is not common for everyone. Some people seem to have fungus that grows better than others.
What are the signs of Athlete’s Foot?
These are the most common symptoms of athlete’s feet:
- Scaling and cracking of the foot, usually between the toes.
- Scaling and occasionally small blisters at the bottom and sides of the feet
- Itching and burning
- Foot odor
How can Athlete’s foot be diagnosed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may be tempted to think that you have athlete’s feet. However, a doctor will diagnose you by scraping the skin and inspecting it under a microscope to determine if there is fungus. To grow the fungus, you can also place the scraping in a special tube or jar. Athlete’s foot is not the only cause of itchy feet.
What is the treatment for Athlete’s Feet?
You can find a variety of lotions, powders and creams in your local drugstore (without the need for a prescription) that will treat athlete’s feet. These are known as “topical” treatments. They can be applied to the affected area and kill the fungus. These treatments may not always be effective. If your athlete’s feet persist or get worse, you should consult your provider.
How can I stop Athlete’s Foot?
By keeping your feet clean, you can prevent athlete’s feet. These are some simple steps:
- While showering, wash your feet with soap. Wash your feet at least twice daily if you can.
- After washing your feet, dry them. Dry between your toes.
- Wear leather shoes or cloth shoes. Avoid wearing plastic shoes
- Summer is the best time to wear sandals or open shoes.
- Do not wear the same socks or shoes for more than two days.
- Use 100% cotton socks for a clean look. Cotton absorbs moisture.
- Avoid synthetic socks fabrics such as polyester.
- Shower shoes are recommended for public showers.
- You can go barefoot at your home
- During the summer, put an antifungal powder into your shoes