Athlete's Foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a skin disease caused by a fungus that commonly occurs between the toes. The fungus attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment that encourages fungus growth.
Symptoms of Athlete's Foot include drying skin, itching, scaling, inflammation, and blisters on and between the toes. Athlete's Foot can spread to the soles of the feet and to the toenails as well as other parts of the body, which is why timely treatment is so important.
You can reduce your risk of Athlete's Foot by:
-Reducing foot perspiration by using talcum powder.
-Wearing light and airy shoes.
-Wearing socks that keep your feet dry, and changing them frequently if you perspire heavily.
While fungicidal and fungistatic chemicals are usually used to treat Athlete's Foot problems, they often fail to contact the fungi in the lower layers of the skin. For persistent Athlete's Foot, a prescription topical or oral antifungal drug may be needed. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.