Athlete’s Foot : Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Definition and General Information about Athlete’s Foot

Foot is an important body part. Just imagine of a man who has lost hit foot. If the foot is injured or lost, the individual may not be able to undertake even his routine activities.

The term Athlete’s Foot refers to fungus infection caused by the foot. Athlete’s Foot is also referred to as ‘Tinea Pedis’ in medical terminology. In simple words a foot affected by fungus infection is called as Athlete’s Foot.

Athlete’s Foot or Tinea Pedis is a usual skin condition. Al most every person is likely to suffer from this condition at least once in his life. Though Athlete’s feet can occur in any person irrespective of sex and age, teenagers and male adults are most common victims of this medical condition. On the other side, children below 12 years age and women have lesser risk of developing athlete’s foot.

If you suspect the occurrence of Athlete’s foot, don’t ignore it. Get it treated. It can be treated easily. However, is some cases this condition may be resistant to the treatment.

Unhygienic conditions like sweating, moisture and lack of adequate ventilation to the feet creates and perfect conditions required for development of fungus infection that leads to occurrence of Athlete’s Foot.

At times toenail infections may also accompany athlete’s foot. These are very difficult to treat. These infections can lead to crumbling, scaling and thickening of nails and may even result in nail loss.

Signs and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

The way athlete’s foot affect an individual may defer from one person to another. Similarly, the sings and symptoms of athlete’s foot may vary from person to person. Following are some of the most common symptoms of athlete’s foot.

  • Itching, cracking, scaling and peeling of the skin in the toe areas
  • Appearance of blisters on the soles
  • Scaling and redness of the soles along the foot sides

Factors responsible for development of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot is a medical condition caused due to fungus infection of the foot. Damp and moist places creates healthy atmosphere for growth of fungus. Wearing tight shoes and socks that prevent proper ventilation to the foot, sweaty feet, warm climate and even not drying the feet properly after bathing or swimming can create conditions favorable for fungus growth. Such growth of fungus leads to fungus infections and results in Athlete’s Foot.

Diagnosis of Athlete’s Foot

A dermatologist will confirm the occurrence of athlete’s foot after conducting microscopic examination of the skin scales obtained from your skin.

Prevention and Treatment of Athlete’s Foot

You must adopt the following preventive measures to avoid occurrence of athlete’s foot.

  • Use foot wear that provide comfort and proper ventilation to the foot
  • Wash your feet at regular intervals to avoid accumulation of sweat and development of fungus.
  • Always dry your feet properly after bathing, washing or swimming. This will eliminate the moisture.

If you develop Athlete’s Foot, despite all precautions, you must consult a dermatologist immediately. Your doctor will prescribe suitable medication for overcoming this medical condition.