Athlete's Foot, also referred to as Tinea Pedis, is a parasitic fungal infection of
the epidermis. Tinea pedis is estimated to be the second most common skin
disease in the US, following acne. Approximately 15% of the population may
have Athlete's Foot.
Although men are more likely to become affected by Athlete's Foot, women are
not immune. It should be noted that Athlete's Foot can strike individuals that are
not athletic or active. It is rather caused by an organism that lives on the skin
and lives best under warm, moist conditions.
Many confuse Athlete's Foot with various other infections. It probably isn't
athlete's foot if it is on the top of the toes or on a child's foot.
Rest the Foot- Though the inflammation of the affected area is not dangerous,
you should try to rest it to prevent its worsening and the possible initiation of a
The Salt Cure- Create a solution consisting of 2 teaspoons of salt and a pint of
warm water. Now, by soaking your foot and its affected areas in this solution
you can help your foot fight off the fungi causing your Athlete's Foot.
The Baking Soda Cure- Create a solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of baking
soda and 1 tablespoon of warm water. You should now rub the solution on the
affected areas. When finished, you should rinse and dry your foot thoroughly.
Remove Dead Skin- When your Athlete's Foot begins to diminish you should
begin to remove any dead skin. You can thoroughly scrub any dead skin with a
scrub brush while showering or bathing. Failure to remove the dead skin can
allow the living fungi still within to reinfect you.
Washing and Changing Socks- You should only wash your socks in extra-hot
water and should never wear the same pair twice before rewashing them. Also,
by ensuring that the detergent is thoroughly rinsed off after washing, you can
prevent further skin aggravation.
Protect Your Feet to Prevent Infection- Prevent further infection altogether by
avoiding exposure to the fungus. Make sure to always keep your feet covered
when walking through gyms, spas, lockers rooms, or swimming pools. You are
most likely to pick up a fungal infection in a moist environment.
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