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Athlete's foot

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Athlete's foot (also known as tinea pedis) is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin of the feet.

Symptoms

  • Itching, burning and irritation between the toes or elsewhere on the feet.
  • Peeling and cracking of the skin in the area, which may also become thick and scaly.
  • Blisters may also be present.
  • The toenails may become distorted, thick, and white or yellow in colour.

Causes

Athlete's foot is caused by infection by parasitic fungi called dermatophytes, which reproduce when on human skin, causing it to become thicker and scalier.

The fungi thrive in warm, moist environments and are easily transferred from person to person or picked up by using communal showers and toilets (such as at the gym or pool), or by sharing towels or clothes.

The condition is more likely to develop when the area between the toes is moist, such as occurs with excessive perspiration or from not properly drying the area.

Diet and lifestyle

  • Topical application of a tea tree oil cream may help to treat athlete‚Äôs foot.
  • Keep the area around your feet clean and dry.
  • Change your socks or stockings daily, and favour natural fibres such as cotton over synthetics. Where possible expose your feet to the air by wearing open-toed shoes.
  • Wear a pair of thongs or sandals when using communal showers or changing rooms.
  • Prevent the spread of infection by washing your hands after touching the infected area. Avoid sharing shoes, socks, or towels, and take the time to clean the bathroom and shower floor after use.

Important notes

For more severe or persistent cases, or if the skin has split and become infected, consult your healthcare professional.