Treating & Preventing Athlete’s Foot Fungus

The scratchiness, redness, peeling, and burning skin that accompanies an athlete’s foot fungal infection is certainly to be avoided whenever possible, but that’s not easy to accomplish. Since the fungi that cause this infection are all over the planet, they are nearly impossible to avoid, but there are steps you can take to limit coming into direct contact with these nasty little organisms in the first place.

Try these tips to avoid getting athlete’s foot fungal infections and keep them under control:

  • Wear breathable socks and footwear—Wearing shoes made of breathable materials like canvas and Gore-Tex will help wick away moisture and keep your feet cooler which will decrease microbial contamination.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry— Having sweaty feet is normal, but some people suffer from hyperhidrosis that makes their feet moist all the time and makes avoiding microbes all the more difficult. Wash your feet daily and since It’s so important to keep fungi and bacteria under control use antifungal spray or powder as an added boost. Cornstarch and baking soda are also good at absorbing excess moisture.
  • Protect your feet from contamination—Never share personal belongings and care products like nail clippers with others since the microbes can hitch a ride and cause cross contamination. Wear shower shoes or sandals in public areas like pools, showers, and locker rooms. Be certain that your shower at home is regularly disinfected to help avoid cross-contamination between family members.

If you are experiencing complications with fungal infections on your feet, your podiatrist can provide the best care. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Our expert podiatrists, Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and Dr. Payel Ghosh, will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 to make an appointment today.

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