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How to Prevent Athlete's Foot

By Edited Sep 27, 2015 0 2

Athlete's foot is caused by a fungus that lives on skin.  Like other fungus infections, it loves warm moist places and sweaty feet! It also takes a great deal of effort and time get rid of. It can be very painful, itchy and ugly. Because althlete's foot is so hard to kick, you will want to make sure you do all you can to prevent athlete's foot!

Things You'll Need:

  •     Shoes
  •     Cotton Socks
  •     Powder
  •    Antifungal Spray


Keep your feet clean and dry as much as possible. Change your socks and shoes often. Depending on how much your feet sweat, you will want to change to a different pair of shoes at least 1 to 3 times every 24 hours. Change your socks 2 to 4 times a day. Soak your socks in hot water with bleach and rinse twice to kill out any fungus that might be lurking about. Dry them on high heat. You should always wear 100% cotton socks. Avoid nylon and poly blend socks.

After bathing make sure you dry your feet extra well. Then before putting on your socks and shoes apply powder directly to your feet. Get in between your toes as well. If you are in a hurry use a blow dryer to dry in between your toes as well.

Sprinkle the insides of your shoes with anitfungal powder before wearing. When you are not wearing your shoes you can spray them with disinfectant or powder them again. However, when not wearing your shoes you should open them up as much as possible so all of inside can get fresh air and fully dry before the next wear.

Do not wear shoes that have plastic insoles. These cause the feet to sweat more and provide an excellent breeding ground for the fungus that causes an athlete's foot infection.

Do NOT buy used shoes and always wear a sock or stocking when trying on shoes in stores. When you buy a pair, you can spray the inside and allow them to dry before wearing. Never share shoes, not even with family members. Not only can this spread athlete's foot, it can also spread toe nail fungus.

When going to places that people walk barefoot you should wear flip flops or shower shoes of some sorts. This will help prevent you from picking up athlete's foot. Dorm or gym showers are a common places you should use methods to prevent althlete's foot.

For people who have problems with reoccuring fungus infections, prevention methods are highly recommended to avoid a reinfection. These people should treat anything their feet came into contact with during their infection. This can include socks, shoes, bath mats, rugs, sheets and bedding.


Tips & Warnings
I am not a doctor and do not claim to be.
If you have any concerns or suspect a condition you should seek medical attention. Some people mistake skin problems and some fungus infections require presciption creams or oral medication. 

People with diabetes should take extra caution, as athlete's foot is a dangerous conditon for diabetics.

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Comments

May 24, 2011 8:14pm
Jerky
Athlete's Foot is like a cockroach, it's almost impossible to kill. I still struggle with it from time to time, and from what I can tell, it's from high school showers. Granted I've been out of high school since the mid 90's... this fungus will lie in waiting in the most unsuspecting ways, then BAM!

Very nice article on treating it! And thanks for mentioning the specific health hazards this pose to diabetics. I'm not diabetic myself, but I do know that most people (even diabetics themselves) don't realize how dangerous athletes foot is in this circumstance.
Jul 27, 2011 1:37pm
St_Louis_Podiatrist
Great article. Athlete's foot, like many foot fungus and toenail fungus problems is almost unavoidable and extremely difficult to cure. And Jerky, you're absolutely right, athletes foot can stick around for years.

Thanks for this very informative article. We'll be sure to share it with our followers.
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