Easily referred to as athlete’s foot, clinically, it is known as tinea pedis basically because it is caused by tinea fungus. Experts believe that going barefoot is the main cause but not the only one, especially in locker rooms, swimming pools, showers, and other public areas. It is a highly contagious disease that affects the feet skin and has high possibility to spread through the toenails and hands. It is very common with athletes hence the name, but everyone can be infected with it. While not the most life threatening disease on the globe, people whose immune system is weak and also those who have diabetes should immediately seek the expert advice of a specialist when they suspect that they have been a host to the tinea fungus.
Complications of athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot may not be life threatening, but it can most definitely lead to a more severe disease or complications. Among these are allergies, secondary bacterial infections, and infection of lymph vessels and nodes.
Among the mild complications that athlete’s foot can expose a person who has been infected with it are allergies. These allergies are the body’s reaction to tinea fungus. This can appear in blisters that affect the skin on the feet or even the hands. These blisters can appear unbearably itchy but if scratched, can open wounds and so on. When this happens, seeking the expert advice of a doctor is best. Topical applications of anti-fungal ointments will also help better the condition. Some of these can even be bought over the counter.
Also, athlete’s foot can also recur, as well as any allergies that it brings after some time.
Athlete’s foot can also be a ground for a secondary bacterial and more severe infection to develop on the skin of the feet and hands of a person who has it. If this happens, not only lesions or blisters can develop but swelling of the affected as well. This is going to be a very painful condition and the affected skin will be hot to touch. This will also come with fever, pus, and drainage. When symptoms persists, seek medical attention.
The infection can also spread and affect the lymph system of a person, called lymphangitis or the lymph vessels’ infection and/or lymphadenitis or the lymph nodes infection.
Prevention of Athlete’s Foot
The prevention of athlete’s foot can be easy when aware of its causes and symptoms. All it takes is reversing all those causes and if symptoms persists, immediate attention from a specialist will keep it at bay.
1. Do not go barefoot in public areas. This will include showers, swimming pools, and locker rooms.
2. Avoid sharing towels, socks, and shoes with others as you never know who is infected and who is not – until you get infected yourself. Remember that this condition is highly contagious.
3. Keep self from wearing all those closed-toe, tight-fitting shoes as this can develop perspiration between toes and invite fungus.
4. Pat your feet dry all the time to prevent fungus and bacteria from attacking them.
5. Get help if you found that you have a sweaty feet.