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:
- Keep your feet dry, especially between your toes.
- 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.
- Change socks regularly. If your feet get very sweaty, change your socks twice a day.
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes. Avoid shoes made of synthetic material, such as vinyl or rubber.
- Alternate pairs of shoes. Don’t wear the same pair every day so that you give your shoes time to dry after each use.
- Protect your feet in public places. Wear waterproof sandals or shoes around public pools, showers and lockers rooms.