Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot

What is Athlete’s Foot Fungus?

Athlete’s foot, a skin disease caused by a fungus, can leave your feet burning. And itching. And cracking. And blistering. Do nothing, and you can expect chronic discomfort. Invest just a little time and you can expect relief.

Slip on a pair of flip-flops. It only takes a few seconds to put them on and you’ll have more protection for your feet, especially in high foot-traffic areas such as locker and shower rooms in health clubs.

Dry between your toes. Take a moment to thoroughly dry between the toes after bathing. This is important because athlete’s foot usually gains its toehold (literally) on the skin between your toes, and moisture makes it possible. Shoes, unfortunately, create an almost jungle-like atmosphere – warm, dark, humid. That’s the ideal environment for fostering fungus. So, you’ll want to expose your feet to sunlight in your fight against fungus.

Change your socks 2 or 3 times a day. This is a good idea because it prevents moisture from building up.

Change your shoes regularly. Sitting out a day or two gives shoes ample time to dry out, especially if you wear light and airy shoes whenever possible to reduce perspiration and discourage fungus growth.

Soak your feet in a solution of salt and warm water. This information is provided by Glenn Copeland, DPM, author of The Foot Doctor. The saline solution provides an unattractive environment for the fungus, while at the same time softening the affected skin.

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