Athlete’s foot

What is Athlete’s foot?

-Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes but it can also be on the soles or sides of the feet.

-It commonly occurs in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tightfitting shoes.

How Does it Spread ?

-The fungus can be picked up from any damp or humid area where people walk barefooted, such as a bathroom, change room, yoga studio or around a swimming pool.

-Athlete’s foot is mildly contagious. It can be spread through direct contact with the infection and by skin particles left on towels, shoes, or floors.

-Walking barefoot may increase your chance of contracting athlete’s foot.

Steps for Prevention of Athlete’s foot-

These tips can help you avoid athlete’s foot or ease the symptoms if infection occurs:

  1. Keep your feet dry, especially between your toes.
  2. Go barefoot to let your feet air out as much as possible when you’re home. Dry between your toes after a bath or shower.
  1. Change socks regularly. If your feet get very sweaty, change your socks twice a day.
  2. Wear light, well-ventilated shoes. Avoid shoes made of synthetic material, such as vinyl or rubber.
  3. Alternate pairs of shoes. Don’t wear the same pair every day so that you give your shoes time to dry after each use.
  4. Protect your feet in public places. Wear waterproof sandals or shoes around public pools, showers and lockers rooms.

-Dr. Afroze


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