What is it?
Basically, athlete’s foot is a general term for any inflammatory skin disease that attacks the sole of the foot and in between the toes. Athlete’s foot can be spotted from it’s scaly and red appearance, and sometimes with small blisters and raw looking skin. The skin of the foot typically is itchy and cause severe dry skin. The foot also may get rashes on it. Generally, athlete’s foot is most commonly a fungal infection but can also be caused from noninfectious factors. Be aware, though, that is can be contagious.
What Causes It?
Athlete’s foot can be contagious and is contracted from direct contact from affect areas since it’s typically a fungal infection. The most common areas athlete’s foot can be contracted are swimming pools, nail salons, shared socks, public showers, locker rooms, or any area that has warmth and damp components. Walking barefoot is a risk as well, because if someone with athlete’s foot stepped in an area then someone else walked there without protection, they can then contract it too.
There are many different treatment options for athlete’s foot, although one is not particularly better than the other. Try at your comfort level and see which treatment seems to most effective for you, or you can also pair treatments together. Tackle athlete’s foot head on with a few of these treatment options:
Medications to treat fungal infections are available, and there are several types to pick from. Ask your doctor for the best one for you, though most can be gotten without a prescription. The most common medications are Micatin, Lamisil, Mentax, Nizoral, and others. However, there is not a certain one that can be said to be more effective than the other, so you may have to try your luck and see if the medicine is effective. Treatment with medicine should be carried out to at least one to four weeks.
You must be careful if you chose to use topical creams. In some cases, the creams can worsen the fungal skin infections because they can suppress the immune system defense. Avoid topical creams if your athlete’s foot is caused by fungal infections. Otherwise, the creams can be useful for treating the noninfectious types and causes of athlete’s foot.
You can try to treat your athlete’s foot by simply doing the many home remedies available, or pairing this treatment with medicine. The most common home remedy technique is diluted vinegar soaks or diluted Clorox baths. You can just pour the diluted solution into a tub and let your feet soak, and repeat throughout the week. Some also try Vick Vapor Rubs by rubbing it over their skin and Epsom salts baths. Another home remedy would be to soak your feet in hydrogen peroxide, as it kills fungus and bacteria. You would dilute this mixture as well. However, be aware that hydrogen peroxide can sting with open wounds or any sort of cracked skin.
Remember, if your athlete’s foot becomes severe or does not heal after weeks, see a medical professional. Otherwise, be consistent with treatment and find what works best for you. Athlete’s foot doesn’t go away on its own, especially if it’s fungal. Leaving it untreated can lead to bacterial infection and permanent cracks in the skin.