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Beating The Dreaded Athlete’s Foot

Athletes Foot

For the most part, working out and getting sweaty has its perks.  Your body gets leaner and more attractive.  Your bones and muscles get stronger, and you feel happier.  There’s a few… er… not so good things that can happen, too.  Let’s talk about the dreaded, nasty, itchy, annoying athlete’s foot (tinea pedis). 

The dreaded athlete’s foot

One of the downsides to hanging out in the gym, locker room is your exposure to the highly contagious, athlete’s foot.  It doesn’t only affect athletes either.  Just hanging out at the community pool barefoot is all it takes for that annoying itch and burn to set in.  It’s the worst itch ever!  It typically effects the soles of your feet or in between your toes.  The itch is so extreme, you just want to scratch your skin right off!

It’s a vicious cycle

I should mention, athlete’s foot is not the only rash to affect a person’s feet.  If you’ve never had athlete’s foot before, and you suspect you do, you may want to get it checked out by your doctor.  Unfortunately, those who have had it are more likely to get it again.

What is it?

Athlete’s foot is a rash caused by fungus.  Once you come into contact with the fungus, it starts to grow on your skin.  It thrives in warm, moist areas, hence, the gym locker room or the community pool.  You walk by, barefoot, and it makes a home on your foot.  For example, between your toes and on the bottom of your moist, sweaty feet, due to your moist, sweaty gym shoes or work boots.  Or, putting your socks on without properly drying your feet.  Always dry your feet before putting your socks on, and if your feet get sweaty, change your socks.

Symptoms Include:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Peeling
  • Scaling
  • Redness
  • Cracking
  • Blistering (less common)
  • Bleeding (less common)

Highly contagious

Most people only experience itching and burning.  Sometimes peeling and cracking.  Blistering and bleeding occur in more severe cases.  There are different types of athlete’s foot, but basically, it’s a fungus.  Unfortunately, it is a highly contagious fungus.  Beware of locker rooms and pools.  With so many bare feet, and moisture all over the ground, these are the most common places to contract athlete’s foot.  Wear shower shoes or flip flops.  Keep a barrier between you and any public walking surface.  For example, wear socks while going through airport security.

Totally treatable

If you do happen to get it, don’t panic.  There are ways to treat it.  Be thorough, though, because if you don’t kill the fungus, it will come back.

Treatment:

  • Keep the infected area clean and dry.
  • When at home, wear socks without shoes.  Shoes hold moisture in.
  • Expose your feet to fresh air and sunlight.
  • Powders can help keep your feet dry.  Medicated powders are great.
  • Soak feet in water and vinegar (1 part vinegar to 4 parts water, 10 minutes).
  • Soak feet in water with a small amount of Clorox bleach (1/4 cup Clorox bleach to a full bathtub of water).
  • Soak feet in water and tea tree oil (40 drops of tea tree oil to one foot bath of water).
  • Rub fresh garlic on your feet, eat more garlic, as well.
  • Rub fresh ginger on your feet.
  • Rub your feet with grapefruit-seed extract (full strength) 2-3 times each day.
  • Spray colloidal silver water on feet.
  • You can purchase medicated antifungal washes, ointments, creams, and sprays.
  • In advanced and resistant cases, oral antifungal medication may be prescribed.

Those with high-risk immune-related diseases and conditions should seek medical help

Not only is athlete’s foot contagious from person to person, but left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body.  For people with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other immune-related illnesses, it can have more dangerous consequences, so it’s best to see your doctor right away.

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/athletes-foot-home-remedy/

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02953/Athletes-Foot.html

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/athletes-foot-treatment-overview

http://www.medicinenet.com/athletes_foot/article.htm

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