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Athletes Foot

 

Overview

Athletes Foot is a fungal infection which causes the skin to become red, itchy and flaky with blisters, redness and inflammation. As the fungi are present in moist areas, feet are worst affected but sometimes secondary bacterial infections tend to spread the infection to other parts of the body, especially the groin.

 

Causes

Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus. When the feet stay moist, warm or irritated, this fungus infects the upper skin layer causing the skin to become red and inflamed. This condition is contagious and can be passed from an infected person to another through contact. 

 

The condition is common amongst people who play a lot of sports.  Sports people usually use places such as communal showers and changing rooms, from where the infection usually spreads.  Excessive sweating usually caused by sports and exercise can also give rise to this condition, as these activities cause your feet to become warm and moist.  As a result this creates an environment for the fungi to grow.

 

Symptoms

The common symptoms of an Athlete’s foot are the peeling of skin, itching and burning. In some cases, there may be blisters and thick skin that is dry, red and inflamed on the soles of the feet. The skin of the affected area may grow soft and sensitive to the touch and in rare cases causing a watery discharge. Sometimes a red rash may spread over the foot region leading to scaly skin. For some, even large cracks may develop in the skin combined with excessive peeling or flaky skin.

 

Diagnosis

The doctor makes a diagnosis of an Athletes foot by visually observing the symptoms. Previous medical history of the patient and the susceptibility to fungal infections will be noted by the doctor. Tests or examinations may be recommended by the doctor to determine the cause of the infection.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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