Athlete’s foot is an irritating condition that can strike with little warning. If you find your feet burning and itching on a regular basis, this fungus might be the culprit. Follow these guidelines to cure your athlete’s foot.
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- Protect your feet in public showers. If you shower at the gym or public beach, don’t expose your bare skin to the bacteria, dirt and fungi that may be growing in the shower stall. You have no way of knowing who showered before you or when the shower was last cleaned. Wear flip flops or shower shoes whenever you use a public shower.
- Keep your feet dry. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot grows best in warm, moist areas. If you wear shoes and socks all day, your feet will sweat and become the type of place fungi love. After workouts and showers, dry your feet thoroughly before putting socks and shoes back on.
- Change socks often. Your feet sweat. The more they sweat, the more likely you are to get athlete’s foot. After a workout, change your socks.
- Air out your shoes after workouts. Don’t just toss your shoes in your gym bag, locker or the back seat of your car. They are wet after a workout and need to dry before you put your feet back in them. Drive with the window open. If you can, sit your sneakers out in the sun to air dry. This keeps down the odor as well. Spray the inside with an antifungal spray at least once a week.
- Soak your feet. At the first sign of itchy athlete’s foot, you should soak your feet. Try a combination of alcohol and hot water or a strong anti-bacterial soap. Scrub your feet once the itching has lessened. Be sure to dry your feet completely when done.
- Apply cream. There are two types of cream you can use for athlete’s foot. Hydrocortisone cream works well to calm the itching and burning. Apply it to any area of the foot that itches or is red. Make sure to apply regularly between your toes. For most cases, using an antifungal cream will also help rid your feet of the fungus. Several varieties are available over the counter. They may have different strengths, so follow the package directions for use.
- Go barefoot. Some people wear socks and shoes all day long. If you are the type of person who covers their feet everywhere but the shower and bed, you might be causing problems for your feet. Socks trap humidity and don’t allow your skin to dry. Try to remove your shoes and socks as soon as you get home. Going barefoot more will keep your feet dry.
The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is persistent. It thrives in warm, moist environments. As long as you follow these steps, and keep your feet dry, you should be able to cure athlete’s foot.