Athletes foot is a common infection of the limbs brought about by fungus; often characterized by scaling, blistering or both. The medical name to this condition is tinea pedis.
The blistering and scaling affects the soles, fissures of the toe webs and in acute cases could spread to the upper part of the foot up to the ankle. Since the disorder is caused by a fungus. Normally, fungal infections that attack the feet and palms are contagious; one should strictly consider stringent personal hygiene and avoid sharing of private, personal utilities. Privy it is to say infections of such nature can ostensibly get passed on from one individual to another.
Most of us with white collar jobs toil through our days with our feet deep inside heavy socks in the name of scaring away the morning’s cold. Majority of men with office jobs will put on socks inside heavy leather shoes day in, day out for a number of days not less than 5 in a continuum running through every week, every month for a wholly rigorous year. Women are less prone to athletes foot as many wear their shoes devoid of socks. Albeit this, the stocking lovers still fall vulnerable thus justifying need not to share such clothing.
I have retrospectively suffered from such disorder, and those of whom have ever gone down this road would all concur that athletes foot brings with it a pungent odour whose presence is not quite easy to withstand. Worry not, for possible, viable remedies do exist to enable you ward off the odour easily.
Consider washing your feet daily in warm water using deodorant soap or antibacterial soap. Detol, protex, lifebuoy etc could do you the legend of the seeker, kind of magic. For those battling with acute athletes foot; you could also consider blow- drying your feet and nails using a hair drier turned to the lowest temperature. This will help reduce moisture thus prevent further infections.
Dust your feet using foot powder before you wear your pairs of socks and shoes. This will absorb the sweat that brings about odour. However, forget not to change your socks at least once a day whilst replacing them with a new pair.
Consider also putting on shoes with open mesh – sides. Open shoes made of leather could do. This will give room for your feet to breathe properly. Wear cotton socks as opposed to polyester. Do not albeit, share your socks, shoes with a family member for the infection is highly contagious.
In most occasions, victims to fungal infections of the limbs wouldn’t go unscathed without rashes. Foot rashes on their own do have a lot of causative factors. Such causes will include irritant or contact dermatitis, pompholyx ( dyschidrotic eczema) and allergic rashes from shoes and other cosmetic creams.
To deal with such, antibiotics counter the rashy effect could be obtained from your nearest shop, off the counter. Albeit using over the counter (OTC) drugs, one should never totally dismiss the possibility of seeing a physician to treat the fungal infection as a whole, and not only the rashes that could potentially come along with the disorder.
In general, fungal infections are brought about by different causes. To postulate that only a single method of solving the malady exists by itself and in its own a massive lie. It is vital to understand however that all fungal infections have one single similarity in the wake of a successful elimination of the aforementioned infection… all fungal diseases promote a dry, clean and friction – free environment for your feet.
The fungal athletes foot condition is ostensibly reliant on availability of a moist environment if the fungus is to stand any chance of survival. To this end, occlusive shoe materials including vinyl are discouraged for your feet as they shall enable your feet remain moist thereby allowing the fungi to proliferate. Likewise, absorbent material are encouraged for socks and gloves. Such material include cotton that will absorb any possible moisture within your toe webs, and feet, palm fingers in general.
In the case of individuals that are prone to excessive sweating of the feet area, 20% aluminium chloride (drysol) is recommended. This is an antiperspirant that will help deal with the incessant sweaty limbs and palms.
In as far as prognosis and cure of the infection is concerned, a number of options clearly remain within the patients’ radar. Some among the drugs that could help cure fungal infections of the feet include miconazole (micatin, zeasorb powder), clotrimazole (lotrimin), efinaconazole (Jublia), keteconazole (Nizoral), terbinafine (Lamisil), butebafine (Mentax), ciclopirox ( Loprox), Sertaconazole (Ertaczo), Suiconazole (Exelderm), tolnaftate (tinactin).
In spite of the wide array of medical curative options that exist within most countries, one should with vitality consult their physicians before settling on a viable medication.
In cases where you discover that your fungal infection (athletes foot), is recurrent, then this is most probable because the infection might have already spread to your toenails and fingernails alike. In such a case, the athletes foot will keep on reprising unless you also consider treating the toenails all the same.
Effective fungus treatment ought to be all inclusive; if you are to fancy any slimmest possibility of doing away with the disease once and for all, reducing it to rubble, then one should consider a more intensive, thorough and all inclusive therapy – which might translate and extend to a period of about 3 – 4 weeks.
In case you witness any redness, swelling or bleeding, then one should consider this a pinnacle of the externalities on matters athletes foot. Kindly book an immediate appointment with your health professional or any nearby clinical officer. Also in case a bacterial infection develops as a result of the open wounds cropped up by the fungus, then likewise seek your clinician’s most trusted assistance. An antibacterial pill being enough to counter this bacteria depending on its nature and possible, potential effects on the well being of your already ailing feet.
During pregnancy, patients suffering from fungal infections of such kind should consider dilute vinegar (1 part household vinegar, to 4 parts water) soaks or sprays on the affected area and lotrimin cream, twice a day for two to three weeks. Anti fungal pills and medication aren’t quite prescribed during pregnancy. This is because of their possible side effects on the mother and potential foetal jeopardy.
So what are the possible complications of athletes foot having looked already at possible strategies to cure the disorder associated with human anterior and posterior limbs?
If untreated, athletes foot could potentially spread to other parts of the body and likewise to family members and relatives or persons geographically closer to the patient. Only normal body contact is enough to spread the disease. As far as I can recall, my father actually contracted the infection from me after a sky day’s sojourn in work with my black, cosy, Italian moccasins fetched back more harm than benefit. The adventure with love, of a father sharing personal stuff with his son did not quite come with pleasant consequences.
Some among the potential infections that could pop up as a result of fungal athletes foot could be fungal nail infection ( onchomycosis), groin fungus (tinea cruris), body skin fungus (tinea corporis), secondary bacterial infections and sundry.
It is therefore important that infections of such a nature are reacted upon with promptness and swiftness to avoid further health complications.