Definition Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that develops in the moist areas between the toes that causes stiff and sometimes on other parts of your foot. Athlete’s foot usually causes itching, stinging and burning.
Also known as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot has a close relationship with other fungal infections with similar names, such as:
- Ringworm of the body (tinea corporis). It causes redness, scales or a circular rash on the body.
- Jock itch (tinea cruris). It attacks the genitals, groin and buttocks.
- Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis). This is common in children with skin redness, itching on the scalp and cause hair loss in these areas.
Symptoms Of Athlete’s Foot
There are several signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot even if you can not have one:
- Itching, stinging and burning between the toes
- Itching, stinging and burning on the soles of the feet
- blisters that itch
- peeling skin especially between fingers and feet
- Dryness of the skin of the lower leg or side
- thickened nails, brittle, rough, blackened or does not lie in its place
Causes of Athlete’s Foot
A group of fungi called dermatophytes causes athlete’s foot. These organisms grow on the outer surface of the skin. In response to the growth of this fungus, the base of the skin to produce more skin cells than usual.
Then the cells are pushed to the surface of the skin so that the skin becomes thick and rough. The organisms that cause athlete’s foot thrive in a moist environment.
Athlete’s foot can be contagious and spread in the following ways:
- Objects to humans
Risk Factors Of Athlete’s Foot
You have the risk of athlete’s foot is greater if:
- Often wearing damp socks or tight shoes
- Share things with someone who is infected with fungus
- Frequently visiting public areas where infection can spread, such as locker rooms, saunas, swimming pools, public baths, etc.
- Having a weak immune system
Prevention Of Athlete’s Foot
These tips can help you avoid athlete’s foot or overcome the symptoms if the infection occurs:
- Keep your feet stay dry, especially between the toes
- Use natural materials that do not cause the moisture in the feet, such as cotton or wool
- Change socks regularly
- Use shoes that have air flow and light
- Provide a replacement shoes
- Protect your feet while in a public place
- Use anti-fungal powder
- Do not borrow from each other shoes