Athlete’s foot ( Tinea Pedis )
Athlete's foot - also called tinea pedis - is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet. It can also spread to the toenails and the hands. The fungal infection is called athlete's foot because it's commonly seen in athletes.
Athlete's foot occurs when the tinea fungus grows on the feet. The fungus can be contracted through direct contact with an infected person, or by touching surfaces contaminated with the fungus. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments. It's commonly found in showers, on locker room floors, and around swimming pools.
Possible symptoms of athlete's foot include:
itching, stinging, and burning between the toes;
itching, stinging, and burning on the soles of the feet; itching blisters on the feet; cracking and peeling skin on the feet, most commonly between the toes and on the soles; dry skin on the soles or sides of the feet; raw skin on the feet; discoloured, thick, and crumbly toenails; toenails that pull away from the nail bed. Ways to help prevent athlete's foot infections include:
Wash your feet with soap and water every day and dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes;
Put anti-fungal powder on your feet every day;
Don't share socks, shoes, or towels with others;
Wear sandals in public showers, around public swimming pools, and in other public places;
Wear socks made out of breathable fibres such as cotton or wool, or synthetic fibres that wick moisture away from your skin;
Change your socks when your feet get sweaty;
Air out your feet when you are at home by going barefoot;
Wear shoes made of breathable materials; Alternate between two pairs of shoes, wearing each pair every other day, to give your shoes time to dry out between uses. Moisture will allow the fungus to continue to grow. Source: Healthline
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