Are you suffering with athletes foot fungus or itchy feet?
Athletes foot is a common ringworm fungus located on the bottom of the feet or between the toes. It’s an infection on the surface of the skin.
The common medical term for ringworm is tinea. Doctors add another word to indicate where the fungus is located. For example: "tinea capitis" is a "scalp ringworm", "tinea corporis" a "body fungus" and "tinea pedia" a "foot fungus".
The fungus that, most commonly, causes athletes foot is called Trichophyton. On average, approximately, 70% of people will have athletes foot fungus some time in their life.
Fungus can thrive and infect upper skin layers of the body that stay moist, warm and irritated. Without this environment, it won't easily infect the skin. These moist areas are not just on the feet. These infections can occur on other areas of the body: scalp, trunk, arms, legs, nails, vagina, mouth and groin.
Ringworm fungus can produce round or red spots on the skin, but this is not always the case. A microscopic fungal examination can determine the presence of a fungal infection. This simple procedure just takes minutes to perform by scraping flakes of skin from the affected area. The flakes of skin are then examined under a microscope. Sometimes a small piece of skin is biopsied to confirm diagnostic results.
CONTRACTING ATHLETES FOOT FUNGUS
It can be found in many locations: locker rooms, gym floors, hair-nail-foot salons, swimming pools, walking barefoot, standing in long lines, in socks, tight fitting shoes and clothes.
It may be caused by an allergic reaction, or from a skin irritant of some kind. CAUTION!
It’s easily spread from object to person or from person to person.
Sometimes people don’t know they have this fungus because they have no
symptoms or don’t recognize them at all.
ATHLETES FOOT SYMPTOMS
Common signs are redness, burning, itching and peeling of dry skin. This dry itchy skin has varying degrees. Some have painful cracked heels and bleeding, as well. Some have dry flaky skin and skin rashes. These symptoms can occur on the bottom, top or sides of feet and between the toes. When the skin has a fungus, its natural protective barrier is broken. This allows bacteria and yeast to invade the broken skin. If left untreated it could spread to other parts of the body.
ATHLETES FOOT HOME REMEDY SOLUTIONS & PREVENTION
(Follow these homemade skin care tips to relieve your dry itchy feet!)
-- Clean feet thoroughly and dry well. This will inhibit fungus to spread. Use soaps that are non-irritating, suitable for sensitive skin. Soaps with ground oatmeal and aloe vera juice can be soothing for dry itchy skin.
-- Keep towels and linens clean. Use your own designated towels.
-- Clean tub or shower with antiseptic cleaner after use.
-- Wear breathable socks that steer water away from your feet. Some prefer acrylic socks rather than cotton. Do not wear the same pair of socks more than once without washing them first.
-- Wear breathable shoes. Leather shoes are more breathable than shoes made from vinyl. Disinfect old shoes.
-- Use your own nail equipment at salons.
-- Don’t walk barefoot in public areas.
-- Avoid contact with those having the fungus, until it’s completely clear.
-- Use natural body scrubs to soften and condition skin. There are light scrubs and heavy scrubs. Light scrubs are a lotion type of scrub. Heavy scrubs, with honey, can penetrate deep down where the skin is still alive, sloughing off calluses and cracked skin. If you have dry cracked heels you can, especially, reap benefits from this type of scrub.
-- Use medicated anti-fungal creams, sprays, powders or washes. These work very well for some. Follow all directions, carefully, when using over the counter remedies. CAUTION! Some commercial products may contain harsh irritants that can aggravate skin, especially sensitive skin. They can serve as a fertilizer for the fungus! Discontinue use if your skin condition worsens and seek advice from your health care provider.