term Athletes Foot is generally applied to a skin eruption on the
foot, usually between the toes.
Often it is caused by ringworm of the foot (tinea
pedis) although the conditon is generally known as athlete's
It is more common among young adult males.
Athlete's foot is easily acquired by walking bare
foot on infected floors in any communal area such as showers and
bathrooms at the local health club, at schools and colleges, and
at swimming pools.
It thrives in the warm, moist, dark environment
found in shoes.
How is Athletes Foot identified?
It can erupt on the sole of the foot in the form
of small blisters.
More commonly it appears between the toes as white,
sodden skin which peels off leaving a raw red area.
It is important to confirm that the condition is
Athletes Foot before beginning any medication as other infections
or even profuse sweating can produce similar symptoms.
How to treat Athletes Foot
Wash the feet every night in warm water
Dry thoroughly with care
Apply dusting powder
Apply an over-the-counter medicated powder
See your local physician for stronger medication
if Athletes Foot persists.
Steps to minimizing the risk of Athletes Foot
a fresh pair of socks each day or even change them twice
a day if Athlete's Foot is a major problem
shoes made of leather or canvass or materials that let the
wearing the same shoes on consecutive days (a day break in
between allows the shoes to dry out thoroughly)
cotton socks which help the feet stay more cool and dry
protective footwear when using a community pool or showers
at the local health club