Athlete’s foot is one of the most common foot problems that people deal with over the course of their lives, and some even deal with recurring cases. This is a condition that is characterized by itching, redness and even flaking or peeling of skin on the feet. When left untreated, the problem can become more pronounced, and may result in bleeding from the affected area. Because of how common this condition is, there are a number of misconceptions circulating about it. In fact, there are a few things that you may not know about this condition that you may find helpful if you or a loved one is currently afflicted with it.

Anyone Can Suffer From Athlete’s Foot
The name of this condition seems to indicate that this is an issue that only athletes or sports persons develop, but the truth is that anyone can get it.

  • This is a condition that is caused by the growth of fungus on your feet.
  • The fungus is more likely to grow on feet when it remains in a moist condition, such as within sweaty socks for longer periods of time. Because of this, it is termed as athlete’s foot.
  • However, feet may be exposed to this fungus in showers, swimming pool sidewalks and other areas, and this means that anyone can develop this condition.

Bathing Regularly Is Not An Effective Treatment
Some people believe that athlete’s foot is the result of poor hygiene, and because of this, they believe that taking more showers will help in treating the condition. The fact is that;

  • The fungus that causes this condition is commonly found in bathrooms. So showering in a dirty bathroom may contribute to the problem rather than keeping it at bay.
  • A better idea therefore, is to keep the bathrooms clean, avoid bathing in common bathrooms after swimming and use anti-fungal treatment, such as a spray or a cream, on your feet, as directed by your physician.

Athlete’s Foot And Jock Itch Are The Same
Because athlete’s foot and jock itch have two very different names, you may think that these are two different conditions. In reality;

  • The same fungus that causes jock itch also causes athlete’s foot.
  • Furthermore, the treatments for both conditions are typically the same.
  • In addition, both of these conditions can be exasperated by the fungus being trapped on moist, darkened areas of the body where fungal growth can thrive.
  • The only difference between these two conditions is the location of the body where the fungal infection is present.

Dry Skin Increases The Likelihood Of Developing This Condition
Athlete’s foot can be agonizing to deal with, and it can be difficult to get rid of completely. This is because you may find yourself repeatedly exposing yourself to the fungus through your daily activities without even being aware that you are doing so. For many people, it may be best to prevent the infection from developing before it starts.

  • Dry skin can make you more susceptible to contracting this fungal infection, so moisturizing your skin regularly may help you to prevent it.

In addition, steps like cleaning your home bathroom regularly and wearing shoes when bathing in a locker room or around a pool may also decrease your likelihood of developing an infection.

Even a mild case of athlete’s foot can result in intense itching on your feet, and many cases of mild athlete’s foot can become more pronounced with time. Understanding more about the causes of this condition may help you to prevent an infection from developing. Keep this information in mind as you go about your day and share it with someone who may be suffering from it.

For more information, visit Careworks.

Author: Michele Holincheck, FNP

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