The Summer Olympics bring out our nationalism…and inspire us to work out more…Whether you’re beginning a new workout plan or you already workout consistently, you could be at risk for getting one of the most common forms of fungal infections: Athlete’s foot.
The key is to understand how to prevent contracting this fungus and how to treat it if you do have it.
Where Athletes’ Foot Thrives
The fungus that causes athlete’s foot thrives in damp environments and often grows in warm, humid climates. Showers, gyms, locker rooms and public pools, old shoes, and bathtubs are all places that fungus known as athlete’s foot lives.
This infection can itch and burn; causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel and form tiny blisters.
How to Avoid Athlete’s Foot
- Wear breathable shoes and allow them to dry in between wearing.
- Only wear your own shoes.
- If you’ve had foot fungus, discard any shoes you wore during that period; and as shoes get old, worn and contain sweat, throw them out.
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible.
- Wear socks like Coolmax or Dri Fit brand. They draw moisture away from your feet.
Treatment for athlete’s foot can vary depending on the severity of the case. If you have a serious case of athlete’s foot, a prescription may be needed; so talk with your doctor at American Foot and Leg. Some mild cases may worsen, causing a serious secondary bacterial infection. If you notice your rash is becoming redder, swollen and more painful, or if it has blisters and sores, consult with your doctor immediately. But, for a minor case of athlete’s foot, an over-the-counter cream may do the trick. The key is to use the creams for 4 to 6 weeks in order to completely knock out any fungus. Don’t discontinue just when the symptoms go away.
If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Don’t let a fungal infection keep you from staying active and enjoying the remaining weeks of warm weather.