What is Athletes Foot
Athletes Foot = Tinea Pedis
Athletes foot is a fungal infection.
How do you get Athletes Foot
Fungal spores prefer dark, damp places and the feet, especially areas between the toes, are a perfect breeding ground. In shared communal areas such as sports centre shower areas fungal spores can transfer onto the skin.
Where does Athletes Foot affect you
Athletes foot normally between the toes, often between the 4th and 5th toes. However it can easily spread to the soles and sides of the feet.
Signs and Symptoms of Athletes Foot
- Itching between the toes and on the soles of the feet
- Redness between toes
- White, sometimes rubbery, looking skin between the toes
- Itchy scaly rash which can crack and become red and sore
- Weeping, can smell if the skin is moist and weeping
What should you do if you have Athletes Foot
- Treat the affected area as soon as possible before it spreads elsewhere. I recommend Lamisil Once
- Do not scratch otherwise you can introduce bacteria into the area through the breaks in the skin and the infection can then spread elsewhere
Where can Athletes Foot spread
- soles of the feet - treat with Lamisil Once
- between the toes - treat with Lamisil Once
- nails (onychomycosis) - treat nails with Nail Mycosis Solution or Scholl Fungal Nail Treatment
- legs - can lead to cellulitis in extreme cases - see your GP urgently
Lamisil Once is a fungicidal treatment for Athletes Foot and is a single dose treatment. Further information about Lamisil Once.
Other preparations such as Canesten and Daktarin Aktiv Cream, are fungistatic. Fungistatic treatments such as these inhibit fungal growth and can require daily application for up to 4 weeks or more rather than just one application.