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ATHLETES FOOT

This is a common fungal disease, which mainly affects the regions of the foot. Athlete foot is a severe disease that spread easily. Hence it is to be prevented.



Symptoms:
The mains symptoms of this athlete foot are

  • Scaling
  • Flaking and
  • Itching of the skin which is affected

In addition there will be swelling, pain and inflammation of the tissues, which are exposed and in turn may cause blisters and cracked skin. Along with this fungal infection there might be chances of secondary bacterial infection for the skin. If this infection is severe then it might require the intake of antibiotics, which are to be taken orally.

This infection can even spread too many other regions around the body and hence the regions such as groin get affected easily. If it affects many other regions then it might be called in different possible names such as

  • Tinea corporis if the infection is at the body or limbs.
  • Tinea cruris if the infection is at the groin.
  • Tinea pedis if the region is between the fingers of the foot that usually affect between the fourth and fifth digits.



Causes:

There are many different ways through which the athlete’s foot gets transmitted from one person to another.

 

From One Person to Another Person:
Athlete’s foot is a fungal disease, which can spread from one person to another easily. It spread very commonly through the environment which is moist and in which the victims walk with bare foot on wet surfaces such as bathhouses, showers and in locker rooms. The many other methods of transmission are the sharing of the footwear of the persons infected with the fungus or using the towel that is commonly used by the patient.

Treatment:
The main treatment methods for athlete foot involve conventional medications as well as separate alternative treatment methodologies for fungal skin infections. All the medications involve the common methodology of practicing clean and healthy hygiene. In around 30 %- 40% of the cases the studies prove that nearly practicing clean environmental hygiene can prevent this disease from spreading and cure it.

Conventional Treatment Methods:
This method typically involves the use of medications twice daily that are specified in the above that can easily prevent the spread of this disease naturally. Yet another way is to keep the foot completely dry after daily wash to prevent the spread of infection. If the infections are very severe, then it might require the use of anti fungal medications to be admitted orally. The zinc oxide along with diaper based rash ointment can heal the disease quickly. The use of talcum power can also prevent the spread of this disease by absorbing the wet or the sweat regions.

Topical Methods:
The antifungal agents can be either in form of gel or cream or powder or spray. Micanozole nitrate is the main component, which is added to prevent the spread. However anti itch creams are not recommended for the patients.

Home Remedies and Natural Treatment:


  • Solution made with white vinegar and water that has anti fungal properties is effective in treating athletes’ foot. 
  • Baking products must be avoided.
  • Diabetic research center in India is best center for treating athlete’s foot.
 
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