Athlete's Foot   



Athlete's Foot

 
What is behind athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus known as dermatophyte. It loves warm and moist environment to flourish. Thus, they grow on the floors around swimming pools, whirlpools, locker rooms, showers and bath houses.

How the fungus ‘became’ part of your ‘footprint’?

The mode of ‘transport’ of athlete’s foot fungus:
1. Homo sapiens (Humans) - Sharing footwear and towels with an infected person.
2. Dr’s Do-little’s army (Animals) - Fur of infected cats, dogs, cattle, birds and other animals.
3. Earth (Soil) - Gardening, walking bare-footed in the garden, playgrounds.

In other words, they love ‘vacationing’ in these places:
1. Warm and moist (humid) environment. E.g.: In your socks, towels, clothing, wet floors and animal furs.
2. Infections/infestations occur when the dermatophytes are transmitted and then grow and multiply on your feet.

Symptoms:

Symptoms of athlete’s foot often manifest on skins between toes, under toenails and the area around the sole. You may have athlete's foot if you have:
1. Moist feet and toes.
2. Intense itching, scaling and flaking.
3. Cracking, blisters and scaly lesions.
4. Red skin, sore, swelling and inflammation.
5. Unpleasant odor.

Warning: Such fungal infection can also spread to other areas of the body, including armpits, knees, elbows and the groin. Get it treated fast, before the fungus has the chance to spread.

Preventions:

1. Avoid sharing towels, socks and footwear (super unhygienic).
2. Keep your feet dry, especially between your toes (not forgetting your shoes!).
3. Wear open-toed/ well-ventilated shoes if you have the chance (Closed-toe shoes may trap moisture and heat that allow fungus to flourish!).
4. Wear cotton socks (change it frequently & wash them in hot water to kill fungus and bacteria).
5. Use foot powder to keep feet dry and help reduce sweat.
6. Wear sandals or flip-flops in public places (locker rooms, swimming areas, shower rooms).
7. Spray shower areas with disinfectants after showering. This prevents fungus and bacteria from spreading (that if you are super diligent. Otherwise, doing it on weekly basis is fine and super normal).

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Happy reading,
Evelyn


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