Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis or ringworm of the feet, is a common fungal infection caused by Trichophyton fungus, which results in redness, itching, cracking, flaking, dry skin, discoloration of toenails, peeling, scaling and a burning sensation on the soles and between the toes. It can also affect the scalp which leads to hair loss, scaly patches, and jock itch.
Excessive sweating, a weakened immune system, minor injuries to the nails or skin, wearing closed shoes and keeping your feet wet will increase the risk of getting athlete’s foot. It can spread through direct contact with contaminated surfaces or from one part of the body to other parts.
It usually affects men as they regularly wear heavy, airtight shoes, the perfect condition for the fungus to live and grow.
Bound-Oxygen “Oxygen Foot Detox” is used to treat and prevent the infection in wounds. It treats your athlete’s foot effectively because it kills the fungus that causes it.
Who gets athlete’s foot and how do you get it?
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. It is very common — up to one in four people have athlete’s foot. Fungal germs (fungi) often occur in small numbers on the human skin where they usually do no harm. However, if conditions are right they can invade the skin, multiply, and cause infection. The conditions fungi like best are warm, moist and airless areas of skin, such as between the toes.
Anyone can get athlete’s foot. It is more common in people who sweat more, or who wear shoes and socks which make their feet more sweaty. Athlete’s foot can also be passed on from person to person. For example, this may occur in communal showers used by athletes or swimmers. A tiny flake of infected skin from a person with athlete’s foot can fall off whilst showering. It may then be trodden on by others who may then develop the infection. Once a small patch of infection develops, it typically spreads on the skin.
What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?
The skin between the little toes tends to be affected first. A rash develops which then becomes itchy and scaly. The skin may become cracked and sore. Large splits (fissures) in the skin between the toes can develop, which can be very painful. Tiny flakes of infected skin may fall off. The rash may spread gradually along the toes if left untreated. In some cases, it spreads to the soles. Occasionally, the infection causes a scaling rash on the entire sole and side of the foot. In other cases, it causes more of a blistering rash on part of the sole of the foot.