Athletes foot is a fungus infection that develops just below the skin and predominately occurs between the toes. If athletes foot remains untreated it can spread to the rest of the feet, and even to other parts of the body.
Athletes foot normally start’s by an initial scaling of the skin between the toes, this skin then becomes moist or soggy. The skin may peel and small blisters may appear. The new skin underneath infected areas may look red, sore and inflamed. Itching and burning may increase as the infection spreads.
Fungi thrives in damp, warm environments so areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms, are breeding grounds for athletes foot. By not changing your socks on a regularly basis can also lead to this condition and people who suffer from sweaty feet are particularly prone.
Anti-fungal powders, creams and sprays are all available over the counter to help treat Athletes foot. However, much can be done to prevent the infection developing in the first place. Daily washing of the feet, drying the feet carefully, changing socks and shoes regularly to decrease moisture, avoid walking barefoot, reducing perspiration by using talcum powder and wearing cotton socks which absorb moisture.
If you have any of these symptoms please call for help and advice today.
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