What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that infects the foot’s sole and between the toes, causing the skin to be itchy, scaly and dry. If the infection is not controlled, blisters, cracks, inflammation and fungal nails can also develop.
Treatment for Athlete’s Foot
The fungal pathogen can be spread through contact with an infected person or contaminated objects/surfaces.
Therefore, it is advised not to be barefoot in public places such as communal baths and pools; because fungus grows best in warm and moist places. Keeping feet dry and changing socks often to stop accumulation of sweat can help.
Initially, tinea pedis can be treated with readily available creams, sprays and medicines that are antifungal in nature. Depending on the severity, a topical or even oral antifungal drugs can be prescribed by your local GP specialist.
Before attempting any treatment, check with your podiatrist first to assess and provide advice.