Avoiding athlete’s foot

There are plenty of reasons for maintaining good foot hygiene, and one of the best ones is to avoid athlete’s foot (tinea pedis).

Athlete’s foot is actually a fungal infection of the skin that leads to flaking and itching. Most of the time it is contracted by walking barefoot through public areas that are regularly wet. Classic places to pick up the condition are swimming pool change rooms and saunas.

The key symptoms of the condition are red, dry and sometimes raw skin, and sometimes it can become painful.

There are some important steps that you can take to avoid picking up athlete’s foot.

The first thing to do is to keep areas of your home as dry as possible. Don’t allow moisture to sit on the floor of your bathroom, bedroom or anywhere else. Try to use dry towels whenever possible, and make sure you don’t wear wet footwear.

If you go to a wet public space such as a swimming pool change room, make sure you wear thongs. Don’t leave your clothing and other items on the floor.

You can also invest in foot powder if you get very sweaty feet or if you are likely to get wet footwear. This powder helps reduce friction when walking and also helps dry any moisture that makes its way to your feet.

Also make sure that you don’t share towels with other people. Keep it to yourself and you minimise the chance of receiving someone else’s infection.

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