Preventing Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is a common skin problem. It is caused by a fungus. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is commonly picked up in locker room, exercise classes, and public showers, but it is actually everywhere in the environment.
Symptoms of athlete’s foot include itching skin, cracking and peeling skin, and soreness between the toes. Occasionally, blisters will also form.
Athlete’s foot is usually treated with topical medication.
Here are a few tips to help you prevent athlete’s foot from occurring in the first place:
- Change your socks daily.
- Wear flip-flops or sandals when you take a shower in a locker room.
- Wear cotton socks when exercising.
- Wear sandals and shoes that provide ventilation for your feet.
- Air out your shoes when you are not wearing them.
- Apply an anti-fungal powder to your feet.
- Disinfect showers and locker room floors.
- Always dry your feet, especially between your toes, well after bathing or swimming.
You should always treat athlete’s foot appropriately if you believe you have it. If it is left untreated and becomes chronic, it may eventually affect the toenails and they are much more difficult to treat.
If you would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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