Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot

We should all be taking more exercise but one potential side-effect of going to the gym is increased sweating, and that may create the ideal environment for athlete’s foot to survive.

Athlete’s foot is a rash caused by a fungus that causes skin to crack, blister or itch. Usually found between the toes, the condition is not serious but needs to be treated to prevent it from spreading. Anti-fungal treatments can usually be purchased over the counter at a pharmacy, although if in any doubt always consult your physician.

The best way to treat athlete’s foot is, of course, to prevent catching it in the first place. To do this make sure that you keep your feet clean and dry, taking particular care to towel in between your toes after showering. Using talcum powder on your feet will also prevent them getting sweaty. You should wear shoes made from a material that allows your feet to breathe like leather, and avoid walking barefoot around places such as gyms, shower rooms and communal locker rooms where infections can be easily spread.

Socks should be made of natural fibers like cotton and should be changed every day and avoid sharing towels, shoes or socks with other people.

Remember, it’s your life, your future, Your Health First.