If your foot is feeling a bit itchy, or dry, or smelling a bit funky then you might have picked up a nasty case of athlete’s foot.No, this infection isn’t just confined to actual athletes, so you can’t avoid it by lying on the sofa and eating cake (although that doesn’t mean I won’t try).
If you think your itchy foot could be a sign of athlete’s foot then keep reading, we’ll clear up some facts so you can focus on clearing up that infection!
What is athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that affects your feet. It’s part of a type of fungal infections known as tinea, and its medical name is tinea pedis. Athlete’s foot usually harmless and can be treated easily with remedies from your pharmacy that can help it to clear up pretty quickly. However, sometimes athlete’s foot can keep coming back, which can mean a trip to see your doctor for a different treatment and possibly some tests.
If you think you might have athlete’s foot, make sure to go and see your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible, so they can be sure that you do have this infection before you start to treat it.
How do you get athlete’s foot?
You get athlete’s foot when you come into contact with someone else who has the infection, for example, skin to skin contact with someone who has athlete’s foot. However, you’re not safe just because you haven’t touched someone’s foot directly. If you’re walking around barefoot in a gym changing room or using a public shower and someone else has been walking around in the same space with a bad case of athlete’s foot, then you could easily pick it up too.
If you have wet or sweaty feet, or have broken or damaged skin on your feet, then you might pick up athlete’s foot more easily.This is because moist, warm places are the perfect environments for fungus to thrive, so your sweaty gym trainers are athlete’s foot’s dream home.