Athlete's Foot (Tinea pedis)
Athlete's foot or tinea pedis
is a fungal infection that affects the sole of the foot and between
the toes (toe webs).
Symptoms of Athete's Foot
The symptoms of athlete's foot include:
- Scaling, flaking and cracking of skin between the toes, especially
between the fourth and the pinky toes.
- Scaling and redness on the sole and side of feet
- Itching and burning sensation
Causes of Athlete's Foot?
Athlete's foot is caused by the fungi Trichophyton rubrum,
T. mentagrophytes, and Epidermophyton floccosum.
These fungi grows in warm, moist environments, such as a public
and home shower, gym floor, and locker rooms.
Who Gets It?
This condition is most commonly found in adolescent and young
adult males. It is estimated that approximately 80% of men have
athlete's foot at one point in their lives.
Can It Be Prevented?
Yes - to avoid getting athlete's foot:
- Use antibacterial soap to wash your feet
- Dry feet thoroughly after showering and swimming
- Disinfect showers and bathtubs regularly with bleach every
- Do not wear wet socks
- Avoid sharing towels, shoes, or sandals
Treatment for Athlete's Foot?
Athlete's foot treatment include:
- Over-the-counter creams, foot powder, and sprays containing
antifungal clotrimazole or miconazole
- Topical and oral prescription antifungals
Athlete's foot should clear up within 2 to 4 weeks - if not,
it may be actually be other skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.