Athletes foot is the most common fungal infection. About 20% of the population have this irritating problem.
This infection can occur anywhere on the feet, most often between the toes especially the cleft between the 4-5th. Patients complain of red inflamed often cracked and peeling skin between the toes, it can look white and rubbery.
Fungal infections are highly contagious and are often caught from bathroom floors and shower trays, where people walk with bare feet often around a swimming pool or in changing rooms.
- Wearing other peoples shoes is never a good idea
- There is a far greater risk wearing other peoples sweaty shoes as fungus loves dark damp places
- Through lack of ventilation boots and trainers can trap perspiration and ladies nylon tights and tight shoes can do the same
The risk of getting a fungal infection can be greatly reduced with good hygiene. Feet need to be washed regularly with soap and water then thoroughly dried especially between the toes. Changing shoes often is a good idea as it allows shoes to dry out. Avoiding nylon in socks and buying those made from cotton or bamboo is also adviseable.
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