Athlete's foot (Ringworm of the foot and Tinea pedis)
Athlete's foot (Ringworm of the foot and Tinea pedis) is the most common form of yeast infection. A fungal infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking, and itch of affected areas. It affects approx 15 out of 100 people, mostly young adults - particularly athletes. Athlete's foot is contagious by direct contact or indirectly through towels, shoes and floors in swimming pools, fitness centers and sports halls. Athlete's foot can develop into nail fungus. It can also spread to other parts of the body eg groin, called jock itch. Therefore, it is important to treat athlete's foot with the same. Athlete's foot is most often seen on the sides of the toes, usually between the fourth and fifth toe, in the form of cracks and blisters and excoriation, but it may in fact also spread to the toenails, soles and sides of the foot (moccasin feet).
Athlete's foot thrive in heat, and which is moist. It affects mainly those that go into closing 'rubber shoes' long periods of time. Including people who do not get dried their feet enough after bath or move much in public locker rooms, swimming pools and gyms. Signs of athlete's foot is a bad smell, cracks, flaking and itching. Prevent athlete's foot by washing your feet daily and dry thoroughly between the toes before putting on socks and shoes. Change socks every day and use fluffy footwear. Athlete's foot can and should be treated.
The treatment of Athlete's Foot
Athlete's foot can and should be treated to prevent it spreading to other body parts such as nails, palms and progress, but also because the fungus can infect other people. Fungicidal drugs called antifungals. - Self Treatment: There are effective antifungal cream that can be bought over the counter such as Lamisil cream or gel or Lamisil Once, requiring only a single topical application and works by forming a film on the skin that disappears after 3 days while the active substance, terbinafine, remain on the skin. Other antifungal OTC products are eg Canesten cream and Brentan cream or solution against mold and Brentan powder that can be used against the fungus on the feet and elsewhere on the skin. Although the symptoms of athlete's foot disappears after a few weeks of treatment, the fungus is not necessarily killed. Therefore, supplement and always follow the prescribed treatment.
DOCTOR: Significantly athlete's foot, it would be a good idea to consult a doctor. For example, in more chronic and severe cases of athlete's foot, you will be prescribed a tablet regimen (systemic treatment) with fungicides. Frequently, terbinafine, itraconazole or fluconazole. Fungal Study done by a doctor or dermatologist takes a scrape what little material from the lesions scraped and examined in the laboratory. Such examination shall be determined whether there is fungal infection and the type of fungus, it is about.
Causes and symptoms
Like other infections, athlete's foot is contagious. Athlete's foot thrives in warm and humid environment, where it has good potential to grow. Ordinary athlete's foot typically starts between the fourth and fifth toe, where the symptoms are cracks, flaking and itching - often a bad smell. Often attacked only one foot. The fungus can spread to the sole of the foot, with redness, scaling and blistering as a result. The fungus can also trigger an allergic reaction with blisters on the fingers and palms. Athlete's foot may also develop into fungus in nails, palms and crotch.
Moccasin foot: a rare form of athlete's foot, where both feet are attacked simultaneously. The fungus appears as redness and concomitantly foot furrows whites. Will spread to the palms, if not treated. Further there may be severe dandruff and eczema-like skin changes.
Nail Fungus: Fungus typically seen on the feet, but can also infect fingernails. Nail Fungus is usually a result of foot infection that spreads, but can also occur directly in the nail. Also fungus in the nails can be treated.
Diabetics: People with diabetes should be extra vigilant for cracks and blisters on the foot, taking in diabetes often have reduced pain perception, and thus are not as aware of itching and pain. Athlete's foot to be treated with the antifungal cream or ointment or tablet cure for fungi. Contact your doctor if there is evidence of fungus in the nails.
Prevention of athlete's foot
Take care of your feet. Wash your feet regularly in warm water and mild soap. Dry the feet thoroughly, especially between the toes. Use cream if skin is dry. Use flip-flops in locker rooms and bathrooms. If you have athlete's foot, the feet are finally dried, or use another towel to the feet when you have bathed and avoid infecting yourself at other body sites (towels and socks that have been in contact with athlete's foot must be washed at least 60 degrees). Use only cotton or wool socks and change socks at least twice daily, or whenever they become moist. Avoid shoes of art materials, going so far as possible in the leather footwear and preferably sandals. Pudr possibly feet and the inside of your shoes with talcum powder with fungicide.
There are several so-called "household remedy 'to athlete's foot. - Atamon, is a liquid preservative are normally used for preserving food. However, Atamon fungicidal and quite effective in removing mold. Pour Atamon on a cotton ball and dab sponge areas morning and evening. After each bath dry feet and toes thoroughly. Then wipe your feet off with a cotton ball with Atamon - and bring socks. The fungus was then gradually disappear within one to two weeks. - Tee Tree Oil, extracted from the leaves of the tea tree (Melaleuca altemifolia) is a natural drug with a broad spectrum of activities against various skin problems. Including fungal infections of the toenails, since the use of topical tea tree oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties. - A third advice is to use nail polish remover against athlete's foot, where you then use a cotton swab to apply it with.