Athlete’s Foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungus that affects the skin and feet. A wide range of fungi can cause it.
The skin may be red and irritated and it may be cracked or flaking. Tinea pedis can affect any part of the foot, although it is most commonly found in the region between the toes, where the skin retains moisture.
Tinea pedis is caused by contacting diseased skin scales or fungi in wet environments (for example, showers, locker rooms, swimming pools). Tinea pedis is a recurrent infection that can be chronic. Topical antifungal drugs (applied to the skin's surface) and oral antifungal medications are two options for treatment.
Athlete’s Foot Prevention
Tinea pedis can be prevented or controlled with proper cleanliness measures:
- The nails should be kept short and tidy. The infection can be housed and spread through the nails.
- In locker rooms and public showers, don't walk about barefoot.
- Persons with active tinea pedis infection should keep their feet clean, dry and cold to prevent athlete's foot infection.
- Swimming pools, public showers and foot baths should all be avoided.
- When feasible, wear sandals or alternate your shoes every 2-3 days to keep them fresh. Avoid wearing closed shoes and socks made of a fabric that takes a long time to dry (for example, nylon).