Calluses, cracks and dryness aren’t the only things you have to worry about if you do not take good care of your feet. There are far worse things with which you could end up afflicted. Take athlete’s foot for example. This condition will have you scrambling to learn new things such as:
- How to apply athletes foot cream
- How to hide the shame of having smelly feet
- How to keep from ever getting it again
To say that athlete’s foot is an inconvenience would be to understate the matter. But just because you contracted the condition does not mean that you are now a pariah. There are remedies that you can administer and ways through which you can ensure you never suffer from this condition again.
What is athlete’s foot?
Caused by a fungus, athlete’s foot is a rash that usually appears on the bottom of the feet or between the toes of the afflicted. The affected skin tends to be:
Although this condition is, for the most part, not as bad as it actually looks, it does need urgent treatment to keep it from spreading to other, more visible parts of the body or even to other people. The best part is that the treatment procedure is as simple as learning how to apply athlete’s foot cream on the affected areas.
What are the common signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot?
Some of the dead giveaway signs of athlete’s foot include:
- Red, scaly or dry and flaky patches of skin on your feet
- The affected area might also be covered in sores or blistered
- It could also be white, soggy and a little cracked
The worst thing about this condition is that it can easily spread to the rest of your foot where it can affect even your toenails. Additionally, should you scratch the itchy sores and happen to touch other parts of your body, the fungus could spread to those parts as well.
Left untreated, athlete’s foot can lead to painful blisters, stinky feet and an all-round embarrassing situation; that is, if it hasn’t spread to other parts of your body, thus causing blemishes on your skin.
Learn how to apply athletes foot cream
The simplest treatment solution is to apply athlete’s foot to the affected area to keep it from spreading as well as cure it. You should, however, learn how to safely apply this cream to minimize the recovery time as well as protect the rest of your body from contracting the fungus. Here are some tips on how to apply the cream.
Protect your hands by wearing gloves or using an applicator
Perhaps the biggest issue with athlete’s food disease is that it can easily spread to the rest of your body and to other people. To ensure that this doesn’t happen, do not touch the infected skin with your hands, even when applying the cream.
The easiest and safest way to ensure that you minimize the chances of contraction is to wear procedure gloves when applying the cream. You could also use an applicator, which incidentally comes with most brands of athlete’s foot cream.
Spread the cream over the infected area
Making sure to keep the layer thin, spread the cream over the entire affected area. Fight the urge to leave huge globs of the cream on the areas that look worse than the rest; this will only serve to waste the cream and do you no further good. What’s worse, it will keep the area moist and this only facilitates further breeding of the fungus. Spread a very thin layer over the infected area at least twice every day.
Allow the cream to dry
In many cases, people are tempted to wear socks over the applied cream to keep it from dirtying other household items or carpet as you walk. Try as much as you can to resist this urge to do so.
Putting on socks immediately after applying the cream will help to keep your feet moist which will only encourage the fungus to thrive. Let the cream dry first before you put on socks.
Follow these simple steps in applying athlete’s foot cream every single day until the infection is completely cleared from your skin. To avoid contracting it again, ensure that you do not share things like socks; keep your feet dry; and always try to keep them soft and clean.