Athlete's foot is a very common infection which is caused by Tinea Fungus. This disease is also called as Tineapedia. It is a common fungal infection that affects most of us. We may get such fungal infection from any community centers, bathrooms or fitness centers. It generally affects the spaces between the toes, yet can spread to toenails, soles and sides of the feet. They can respond the drugs and treatment is easier. It can also be called as ringworm of the foot and dermatoghytosis.
Prevention and care are required as follow:
Washing feet everyday is a must. Spaces of toes should be dried up and the socks should be clean with no moisture. Avoid walking in barefoot in common areas and take care of your things while using locker rooms. Also wear flip-flop in community showers. Antifungal creams purchased can help. Tropical lotions as Tolnaftate lotion can be of some use. There are a few other related infections which are the ringworm of the body (tinea corporis); which looks real, scaly rings or circles of rash on the layer of your skin. Jock itch or tinea cruris is another one. This is an infection on the genitals, inner thighs and buttocks. Ringworm of the scalp or tinea capitis affects children mostly. It looks with red, itchy patches on the scalp leaving intermittent patches everywhere and looks ugly.
There are some symptoms associated with the athlete's foot; a few of them confirm that you may possess this disorder; Itching, burning and stinging between the toes and the same sensation found on the soles of the feet. Itching blisters and the skin with cracking and peeling sensation in between toes will be a reaction. There would be excessive dryness of the skin on the bottoms or sides of the feet and the nails would be thick, ragged, discolored or would tend to leave the flush under.
A group of fungi called dermatophytes causes this disease. These organisms through extending will infect the outer layer of the skin; the basal layer produces more skin cells and when they push through the surface the skin becomes thick. The more the fungal is produced the more the skin will get scales. The fungus is carried on through the fragments of skin and other pesticides which rugs, shoes, clothes, mats and other things which we cannot leave out in our daily life, . Plastic shoes will provide more cushion for this. Sometimes it may be from pets and the most common situation we get from community/group centers.
Your doctor may advise you medication on skin, oral or otherwise and the dosage pattern, which is important because when you take antifungal drugs it may cause recursion. Broad spectrum anti-bacterial drugs would be prescribed to you by the physician. He may assess conditions of Skin and immune system and may advise suitable medication.