Athlete's Foot - Fungus strikes
Most people have heard of athlete's foot, if not actually
had it at some time or another.
Did you know that it is actually a skin infection, fungal
infection to be more exact? Athlete's foot can easily spread
from one person to another, especially in public places such as
locker rooms, health and fitness centers and community
Athlete's foot appears in the spaces between your toes, and
can easily spread to your toenails, the soles of your foot and
even on the sides of your feet.
There are many over-the-counter
medications that work well to get rid of athlete's foot. If you
have a case of athlete's foot that does not respond to these
over-the-counter medications or refuses to go away, then you
will need to make a doctor's appointment and receive a
There are many names for athlete's foot that you may have
heard used to describe the infection.
Names such as tinea pedis, ringworm of the foot and also
There are other "tinea" infections that are named for
infections in other body parts they are: tinea corporis -
ringworm of the body, and jock itch which is tinea cruris, and
ringworm of the scalp which is called tinea capitis. Tinea is
the latin word for worm.
What to look for: The signs and symptoms of the skin
infection - athlete's foot include:
- burning or stinging in between the toes.
- You may also have itchy, burning or stinging on the
soles of your feet or the sides of your feet.
- You may have itchy blisters, or cracked and peeling
skin, especially found in between your toes or on the sole
of your foot.
- Your feet may be excessively dry.
- Your toenails may be thick, ragged, discolored (usually
yellow) and may even be pulling away from the nail
The cause of athlete's foot is actually a mold-like fungi
called a dermatophytes. Dermatophytes are actually organisms
that have tendril-like extensions that infect the superficial
layer of the skin at the site of the infection.
Those who are at greatest risk for developing athlete's foot
are those who's feet remain damp, are forced into close
environments for long periods of time, or are crammed into
tight, uncomfortable places.
Floors, mats, rugs, bed linens, clothes, shoes, socks and
other surfaces can become contaminated with the scaly skin that
sloughs off and can contain the organisms that cause athlete's
foot. see also The Dreaded
You can spread the infection through these items. Household
pets can pass along the organisms for athlete's foot and so can
Adults usually are the ones to get athlete's foot, but kids
can also get it. Men are more likely to develop athlete's foot,
because of the contact with sports.
Individual with HIV/AIDS, diabetes and others with weakened
immune systems can be at risk for developing athlete's foot.
Seek Medical Advice: If you have done home remedies and the
problem still persists or you notice fever, swelling, draining,
or excessive redness you should see medical advice, especially
if you are chronically ill as with diabetes.