Thursday, March 24, 2011

TINEA PEDIS - Keep Toes Cool, Clean and Dry

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection, medically called tinea pedis. If the fungus takes hold between your toes, it can cause itchiness, cracking and peeling.

Our suggestions to help prevent the athlete's foot infection:

  • Wash your feet often with soap and water. Dry your feet, especially the area between the toes, after getting out of the bath, shower or pool.
  • Do not wear other people's shoes or slippers.
  • Choose shoes that offers good ventilation (such as leather or canvas) rather than vinyl or other materials that do not allow the feet to "breathe."
  • Don't wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row, so the shoes can air out.
  • Wear sandals in warm weather.
  • Swap sweaty socks for a clean dry pair at least once daily. Wearing cotton socks that wick moisture away from the feet is also helpful.
  • If you tend to get athlete's foot, use an antifungal or drying powder. Antifungal foot powders (Scholl Atheletes Foot Powder) can be applied to the feet or put in the shoes to absorb moisture.
  • Avoid walking barefoot in any damp places. Sandals and water shoes can provide protection when using public pools and spas.

Fungal infections, including athlete's foot, are treated with antifungals. Both over-the-counter (Candazole) and prescription (Candacort, Dezor, Ecocort) antifungal creams are available to treat athlete's foot infection. Talk to our pharmacists.

For persistent infections, your doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics.

It is important to continue treatment for the recommended time period even if the skin appears to have healed, since incomplete treatment frequently results in reinfection.

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