Saturday, February 9, 2013

Athlete's Foot and Leather Footwear

As you probably have read "athlete's foot" is a common condition caused by a fungal infection. If these organisms called dermatophytes multiply, your skin can become infected. Known as "tinea pedis" fungus which thrives in warm, moist environments, is easy to catch if you walk barefoot in warm, damp places like showers, bathrooms and swimming polls - can affect your skin, especially in the spaces between the toes (often between the 4th and 5th toes initially) and possibly small pustules, what makes it itchy, flaky, red and dry. It isn't serious, but it's better to treat it sooner rather than later. If it is not treated effectively, the infection can sometimes spread to other parts of your body, such as the toenails, causing a fungal nail infection, or the palms of your hands. If your skin gets hot, red, and swollen you could have a bacterial infection too.

However, there are some effective treatments which can be done at home - wash your feet every day, wear socks made of cotton or wool and change them at least twice a day, powder the feet with anti-fungal powder and use special creams and sprays which you can buy from a pharmacy without a prescription. Instead of special anti-fungal powder you can also sprinkle a little baking soda in socks before putting on shoes. Vinegar (white or balsamic) solution soak or water with common salt might help as well. After you have a bath or shower, dry your feet carefully. If the athlete's foot has not started to respond after two - three weeks antifungal treatment you should see your doctor, who may prescribe a stronger antifungal cream or antifungal tablets. Getting medical advice is always a safe measure.

One of the recommended main ways of preventing "athlete's foot" is wearing open-toe real leather (not synthetic because only real leather allows your feet to 'breathe'), canvas and real sheep's wool footwear. Amongst house shoes, men slippers made of genuine leather would be the best idea because it affects mostly men who wear trainers, and people (mostly men too) who are forced to wear tight-fitting rubber footwear and other non-breathable footwear because of their job. The Athlete's foot fungus is very stubborn to be honest, and without proper treatment, will keep returning. Keeping infected areas dry is essential, so real leather and sheep's wool will let the moisture out, and keep you feet healthy.

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