Can athlete’s foot be prevented? – Pharmacy Magazine Online

There are no fungal prevention tips that are 100% safe, but you can do a lot to reduce the chance of athlete’s foot.

Skin complaints associated with fungal growth are disturbing. Itching, burning sensation, redness, peeling, unpleasant odor that may appear are undesirable. In addition, with the approach of summer, the change of clothes and the arrival of the period of slippers and sandals, all this can be seen by others. It is not good for the psyche to expose the problem to the public…

To make matters worse, untreated skin fungus can also spread to the nails. The medical treatment of the nail fungus that has developed is a lengthy process, which can require up to 9-12 months of treatment for toenails.

And we didn’t even talk about the fact that skin fungus is contagious: if someone doesn’t treat their complaints, there’s a good chance that people living in the same household will also get infected.

It would be best to prevent trouble

Athlete’s foot is easily “obtainable”.

– Where there is a shared shower or where people walk barefoot on the carpet, athlete’s foot spreads easily. There is also a chance of infection in swimming pools, beaches, gyms, dormitories, and hotels. If possible, do not walk barefoot in the mentioned places, wear shoes!

– If several people take turns wearing the same footwear, it can lead to a fungal foot infection. Have your own footwear (don’t wear other’s!) and have your own towel and nail clippers!

– Fungi like moist, warm places, so socks, stockings and shoes with non-ventilating material favor fungal infections. “Nylon-stockinged” feet in artificial leather shoes are just as ideal targets for fungi as the feet of athletes. In the latter case, damage to the skin of the feet and wearing sweat-impermeable footwear are primarily to blame for the infection.

– If you want to avoid fungal infections, the use of antiperspirants is recommended for people with profusely sweaty feet. Care must also be taken to keep feet and footwear dry and clean. It is worth drying your feet after showering or bathing, even with a hair dryer. Products specially designed for disinfecting shoes can be used to disinfect/defunct footwear.

Dr. Marianna Budai PhD
specialist pharmacist

The article was published in Patika Magazin. Ask your pharmacist every month!

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