What Are The Causes of Athlete’s Foot?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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What are the causes of athlete’s foot? Athlete’s foot is when fungus grows on the feet and between the toes. Fungus can be found in warm environments such as swimming pools, showers, and locker room floors.

The main factors that are at the biggest risk to cause athletes foot are:

  • Sweaty feet
  • Wearing tight closed toe shoes
  • Sharing socks, shoes, or towels with someone that has a fungal infection.
  • Keeping feet wet for a long period of time.

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Some of the symptoms of athlete’s foot are:

  • Itching
  • Stinging
  • Burning between toes and soles
  • Raw skin on feet
  • Cracking and peeling of skin between toes.
  • Blisters on feet that itch.

Most athletes’ feet can be treated with an over-the-counter topical antifungal medication. If over the counter medication doesn’t treat it, then a doctor can prescribe topical or oral prescription strength antifungal medications to help clear it up.

Here are some of the most common over the counter antifungal medications.

  • Tolnaftate, (Tinactin)
  • Miconazole, (Desenex)
  • Terbinafine, (Lamisil AT)
  • Clotrimazole, (Lotrimin, AF)

Some of the things you can do to prevent athlete’s foot infections are:

  • Wear sandals and shoes in public showers and around public swimming pools.
  • Change your sock regularly.
  • Don’t share your towels, socks, shoes with anybody.
  • Wash your feet and toes with soap and water daily.
  • Give your feet a break by walking around your home barefoot.
  • Wash your socks, shoes bedding at 140-degree Fahrenheit or higher. You can treat most cases of athlete’s foot with antifungal recommendations.
  • Tea treat oil has been shown alternatively to help relieve athlete’s foot. There was a 2002 research study that showed that a 50 percent solution of tree tea oil effectively treated athletes’ foot by 64% of trial participants.

The Bottom Line is the causes of athlete’s foot is walking around barefoot in warm environments such as public showers, locker room floors, public swimming pools, etc. Most athletes’ feet that many people experience can be treated with an over-the-counter antifungal medication.

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