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athletes foot remedies

Athlete's foot or ringworm of the foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking, and itch of affected areas. It is caused by fungi and is typically transmitted in moist areas where people walk barefoot, such as showers or bathhouses.

Although the condition typically affects the feet, it can infect or spread to other areas of the body, particularly areas of skin that are kept hot and moist, such as with insulation, body heat, and sweat in a shoe, for long periods of time.

Athlete's foot may also cause blisters and cracked skin, leading to exposed raw tissue, pain, swelling, and inflammation.

Secondary bacterial infection can accompany the Athlete?s foot fungal infection, sometimes requiring a course of oral antibiotics.

While the fungus is generally picked up through walking barefoot in an infected area or using an infected towel, infection can be prevented by remaining barefoot as this allows the feet to dry properly and removes the fungus' primary incubator.

The fungi that cause athlete's foot can live on shower floors, wet towels, and footwear,[13] and can spread from person to person from shared contact with showers, towels, etc.

Since the fungi that causes Athlete?s foot lives in moist areas such as shower floors and wet towels and can spread from person to person via shared contact with showers and towels, so good personal hygiene, plays an important role in managing an athlete's foot infection.

Since fungi thrive in moist environments, keeping feet and footwear as dry as possible, and avoiding sharing towels, etc., aids prevention of primary infection.

Athlete?s foot generally resolves in 30?40% of cases without medication and topical antifungal medication consistently produces much higher percentages of cures.

Athlete's foot can be treated by a number of pharmaceuticals (including creams) and other treatments.

Conventional treatment typically involves daily or twice daily application of a topical medication in conjunction with hygiene measures outlined in the above section on prevention.

Keeping feet dry and practicing good hygiene is crucial to preventing reinfection. Severe or prolonged fungal skin infections may require treatment with oral antifungal medication.

The fungal infection may also be treated with topical antifungal agents, which can take the form of a spray, powder, cream, or gel. There exists a large number of antifungal drugs including: miconazole nitrate, clotrimazole, tolnaftate and many more.

A solution of 1% potassium permanganate dissolved in hot water may be found to be an excellent alternative to antifungal drugs.

Anti-itch creams are not recommended, as they will alleviate the symptoms, but will exacerbate the fungus; this is because anti-itch creams typically enhance the moisture content of the skin and encourage fungal growth.

As an alternative treatment, Tea tree oil improves the Athlete's foot symptoms but does not cure the underlying fungal infection, according to a double-blind study of 104 patients, also Ajoene, a compound found in garlic, is sometimes used to treat athlete's foot too.

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