Athletes Foot Treatment
Athlete’s foot is an inflammatory condition that affects warm, moist parts of the body. It’s not just for athletes and doesn’t limit itself to feet. For example, it is also commonly found in the groin as jock itch, and soldiers have commonly contracted it in warm, wet climates (“jungle rot”).
Athlete’s foot is contagious and thrives in humid body environments. Its causes include:
- Fungus (tinea – same fungus as jock itch)
- Bacterial infection
Who needs to be treated?
Any guy can contract athlete’s foot. Anyone with suspected symptoms should be tested and treated.
- On the bottoms of feet
- In space between the toes
- On the toenails
- On the palms
- In the groin
- On other warm, moist parts of the body
- Oozing and weeping
- Itching / stinging / burning
- Flaking / scaling / peeling
- Redness and irritation
- Thickness, yellowing or crumbling (toenails)
- Cracking and fissuring (severe)
These symptoms can look like symptoms of other conditions besides athlete’s foot. Only medical testing can tell you for sure.
What are risk factors?
If you’ve ever been part of a sport’s team, joined the YMCA, or purchased “vintage” shoes, you already know some of the risk factors of athlete’s foot. They include:
- Walking barefoot on gym, locker room, pool, or public shower floors
- Wearing shoes from a previous owner
- Wearing shoes or clothes that don’t breathe
- Wearing shoes without socks
- Sweaty / constantly wet feet