Posted on Mar 10, 2008 | Comments 0
Did you notice any rash on the skin of your foot? Then it can be an athlete’s foot, the most common fungal infection.
This fungal infection easily spreads in public places like communal showers and fitness centers etc. Athlete’s foot often affects the spaces between your toes.
Although, this fungal infection is most often in teens and young kids, it is also possible in women and other persons who have sweaty and damp feet. Walking with bare foot in public places can trigger this fungal infection.
You can identify this fungal infection with following manifestations:
- Athlete’s foot is often associated with peeling of skin with cracked blisters in certain areas on your foot.
- Your feet can smell with some unpleasant odor and the skin can look cheesy on the infected parts of the skin.
- Identify the skin rash that spreads inside or in step part of your foot.
- It can also be identified with redness and scaly skin on the sole of feet.
- You can notice raw skin, when you scratch the suspected areas on the skin.
Simple ways to get rid of athlete’s foot:
If athlete’s foot is left untreated, then this fungal infection creates an environment for secondary bacterial infection, which can make the condition complicated.
So, it is very essential for you to take proper care in the treatment of athlete’s foot. These are some of the tips which can be helpful for you in treating the fungal infection.
- Take one table spoon of baking soda to certain amount of lukewarm water and rub the areas of the infected skin with this solution. After rubbing, rinse your feet thoroughly with clean water and dust the feet with cornstarch powder.
- Pay more attention towards the spaces between your toes and also on the toenails. These are the most favorite spaces for the fungi to breed. Try to scrub your feet using a bristle scrub brush in order to remove the dead skin present on your feet. In order to avoid the infection of athlete’s foot, try to clean the undersides of your nails regularly at least for every second or third day.
- Avoid plastic shoes and foot wear, as they are responsible for the perspiration and creates a warm and moist spot for the growth of fungus on your skin. Try to use anti-fugal powders or sprays inside your shoes to avoid the infection.
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