Children back to school hitting the books also means feet hitting the fields and courts for Fall sports.
Tinea pedis, commonly referred to as athlete’s foot, affects athletes and non-athletes alike and is a common foot skin infection caused by fungi. It’s contagious and can be contracted in many areas including locker rooms, gymnasiums, and swimming pools. Fungi thrive in warm, damp places. A person can contract the condition from walking barefoot where someone with athlete’s foot has walked.
Any part of the foot is susceptible to infection, but it most often occurs between the toes. Feet may burn an itch. Parts of the skim may also crack and peel. Some people are more prone to athlete’s foot, and those who contract it are likely to have it reoccur.
Males are more susceptible to the condition than women as are people living in wet or damp climates. To aid in preventing infection wear sandals in communal showers and locker rooms, wear well-ventilated shoes that aren’t too tight hindering air circulation and keep feet clean and dry including keeping nails trimmed.
There are several nonprescription antifungal treatments available for purchase such as Lotrimin, Micatin, Lamisil and Tinactin which are applied topically. There are also prescription antifungal medication if needed.
Nonprescription ointment and spray should be used for no longer than one week. If you have diabetes or other immunocompromising diseases, seek help from a doctor. Also seek medical attention if you have a fever, drainage, swelling or pain and if the infection spreads to the nails, hand or groin.