Athlete's Foot , or Tinea Pedis is a common Foot Infection or skin infection that is caused by a Foot Fungus, a plant-like Foot Microorganism too small to be seen by the naked eye. This Fungus eats old surface skin cells resulting in very irritated and itchy feet. Athletes Foot is generally located between the toes (Toe Fungus, Nail Fungus, or Toenail Fungus). In most cases Fungus attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment which encourages Foot Fungus Growth. Because Athlete’s Foot Fungus likes it wet, consider the following prevention techniques:
- Avoid walking barefoot; use shower shoes.
- Dry your feet properly after swimming, showering, or bathing.
- Wear light and airy shoes.
- Do n’t wear tight shoes when your feet are sweaty.
- Wear socks that keep your feet dry and change them frequently if you perspire heavily.
- Do n’t wear the same pair of shoes or socks day after day.
- Reduce perspiration by using talcum powder.
Everyone can get Athlete’s Foot by exposing feet and other body parts to certain conditions that foster the growth of Foot Fungus. Although people with sweaty or damp feet are most at risk. Avoid walking barefoot where others also walk barefoot, especially wet or damp areas (i.e. showers). Consider the following list of potential Athlete’s Foot symptoms:
- bumps on the feet
- cracked, blistered, or peeling areas, often between the toes
- redness and scaling on the soles of the feet
- skin between the toes may appear soft and easy to wipe away
- an unpleasant odor
- a rash that spreads to the instep
- raw skin from scratching
- itching and burning feet
Other common fungus conditions include: