What is Athlete's Foot?
Athlete’s foot is a highly infectious fungal infection that occurs on the soles and sides of the feet and often in-between the toes. If it’s not treated, it can quickly spread to other parts of the body and you may also get problems with fungal nails. In addition it can infect the groin and buttock area (so called dhobie or jock itch).
How do I know if I have athlete’s foot?
You may have athlete’s foot if:
- The skin between your toes appears white and soggy
- The soles of the feet are dry and scaly
- The skin around the edges of your feet is red and blistered
What are the symptoms of Athlete’s foot?
- Flaking and cracking of the skin
- Burning sensation
How did I get athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is highly contagious. The most common sources for contracting athlete’s foot are:
- From another infected person
- From clothing infected by the fungi
- From places where people walk around barefoot: bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, public swimming pools
- From sweat produced by the foot and lack of good ventilation in your shoes. Sports shoes and other shoes are ideal breeding grounds because they are dark, moist and warm
How common is athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is extremely common. Approximately 15% of the UK population can be suffering from Athlete’s foot at any one time. Children are at very high risk.
How can I treat Athlete’s foot?
The first line of defence is topical medicines or tablets, readily available over the counter in your local pharmacist.
The second line of defence is to use Eradicil in each and every pre-wash. Learn more about when and how to use Eradicil >>
How can I prevent getting athlete’s foot?
Wash your feet daily, and dry them well, particularly in between the toes.
Use talcum powder to reduce perspiration
Wear absorbent socks with sports shoes
Change socks, stockings and tights daily
Avoid tight shoes and wear ventilated shoes in the summer
Wear water resistant shoes in communal changing rooms or shower areas
Avoid sharing towels and other clothes