Tinea Pedis more commonly called athlete’s foot is a very common form of ringworm infection that generally affects the toes, the region in between the toes, soles of the feet, toenails, and even fingernails.
Athlete’s foot affects both men and women. The microorganisms that cause athlete’s foot prefer to infest areas of the human body that tend to be very warm, moist and humid which obviously happens to be your feet. If you spend time at the gym or pool, be aware that you are more susceptible to contracting athletes foot due to its contagious nature. It spreads from person to person through contact with contaminated surfaces like gym floors, clothing, and towels. It can also occur in people whose feet have become sweaty while wearing tight-fitting shoes. Other sensible steps:
- Wear cotton socks, and shoes that breathe
- Change your socks when your feet get sweaty.
- Take your shoes off when you go home and let your feet get exposed to the air
- Do not share razors, towels, shoes or socks with other people
- Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight and cramp your toes
- Wear sandals in public showers, around public swimming pools, and in other public places
Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot
There are many possible symptoms of athlete’s foot, which include:
- burning, itching, and stinging sensation in between the toes
- a scaly rash that causes itching and stinging
- continuous dryness on the soles and side of the foot
- blisters on the soles of the feet which may itch
- toenails that pull away from the nail bed
Antifungal medications for athlete’s foot
Non-prescription antifungal medications are generally used as the first line of treatment. You do not need a prescription from a dermatologist or general physician to buy these medicines. They are meant to be used topically on the affected area. Athlete’s foot should be treated as soon as you notice minor symptoms. Providing that the area is clean and dry and combining this with an over-the-counter athlete’s foot remedy should help the condition to clear quickly. Common brands include Clotrimazole (Lotrimin), Tolnaftate (Tinactin) and Terbinafine (Lamisil). Not all topical antifungal treatments are appropriate for pregnant women or those with sensitive skin. Ask your doctor for suggestions before applying any chemical agent to your skin.
When your athlete’s foot is at a very advanced or severe stage, you may need a prescription medication. If you have a rash or other symptoms on your foot that doesn’t improve with non-prescription medicine, it is time to meet with your physician. Some of the topical prescription medications your doctor may prescribe for athlete’s foot include prescription-strength clotrimazole or miconazole or topical steroid medications to reduce painful inflammation. You can apply topical medicines directly on the skin. Your doctor will help you decide which form is best for you.
Benefits of Athletes Foot Cream
In most cases, an antifungal cream works wonders-the unguent when applied topically on the affected area fight the fungus to stop it from spreading. Many of these creams help moisturize dry feet and some can even assist in filling the cracks that are prone to infection. They are also loaded with antifungal remedies that offer relief from the discomfort that you may feel. Athlete’s foot cream treatments are generally inexpensive and can be found at any local drug store or grocery store.
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet and toes. Natural treatments for athlete’s foot include practicing proper hygiene and avoiding high-risk situations such as going barefoot at the pool. Antifungal creams can be quite effective at managing the athlete’s foot infection. If not treated properly and promptly, athlete’s foot can be very stubborn. Though, most of the time it responds well to these over-the-counter interventions.