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Athlete's Foot: Causes and Treatments

Saturday, 08 Mar 2014 10:23 PM

Are your toenails itchy? You could have an infection in your toenails. Athlete’s foot is a common infection that affects the feet, toes, and toenails. Athlete’s foot is a kind of fungus infection. This fungus infection is also contagious and those who get athlete’s foot infection once are more prone to acquire the infection again.
 
Causes of Athlete’s Foot

There are quite a few possible causes for acquiring athlete’s foot. However, the main cause of athlete’s foot is an infection caused by the fungus trichophyton.
 
Trichophyton mentagrophytes causes an infection on the toe web that leads to athlete’s foot. Though this fungus causes severe infection, treatments are available to cure it easily.

Alternatively, fungus trichophyton rubrum causes chronic infection that leads to athlete’s foot. Trichophyton rubrum causes the infection to develop slowly. However, the fungus infection is chronic and takes a long time to cure in the presence of suitable treatments.
Trichophyton rubrum fungus affects the toenails and causes an infection when exposed. The fungus is commonly found in public bath floors and near swimming pools.

The fungus grows rapidly on warm and moist surfaces, so the space between the toe and toenails is most prone to acquiring an athlete’s foot infection. Touching, scratching, and rubbing also causes the athlete’s foot infection to spread, since it is contagious.
 
Treatments of Athlete’s Foot

Commonly found over-the-counter medication treatments are effective in treating athlete’s foot infection and disarming the fungus that causes the infection.

Antibiotics such as miconazole, clotrimazole, terbinafine, or tolnaftate can be used for about one to two weeks as one of the effective treatments for an athlete’s foot infection.
In addition, there are other creams available in pharmacies for athlete’s foot infection treatments.

Fungal powder can be used and rubbed between the toenails and toes.
 
In addition, the following precautions can prevent the need for athlete’s foot treatments.
  • Keep your footwear dry to prevent the fungus from growing.
  • Do not exchange footwear with others since they might be carriers of an athlete’s foot infection.
  • Do not wear damp socks as it causes the athlete’s foot fungus to infect easily.
  • While visiting public baths, wear clean and dry slippers to avoid infection.
  • Always wash your feet with antiseptic and dry it completely before wearing your footwear and after returning home.
Those who have already had athlete’s foot infection are prone for secondary infection and hence need to take greater caution.

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Athlete’s foot infection is caused by the fungus trichophyton between the toenails and the space between the toes, making the foot itch. Scratching and rubbing further spread this contagious infection. Athlete’s foot fungus is commonly found on the floors of shared baths and other moist areas.
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