Sunday, October 18, 2009

Athlete's Foot Treatment

Athlete's foot is a nasty condition, a branch of the Tinea fungus, most commonly found on humans on their feet. I am the coach of a high school football team, and i see first hand how bad "Athlete's Foot" can get. Some people are embarrassed about it, others would like to think it will just go away, or not happen to them. Often my students just ignore what i say to them, then when i need them in a game they cannot play because of athlete's foot. Ok not that often, but it happens more than it should. So anyways, lets begin. I want to share with you what my experience has led me to believe about Athlete's Foot, including symptoms, treatments, and most importantly, prevention.

What really is Athlete's Foot?
Athlete's foot is the result of a aggressive fungus, which mainly affects the webs between the toes first, before spreading to the sole of the foot.
It appears similar to "prune feet" after taking a warm bath for too long, except your feet are yellow, stay that way, stink, and then your skin flakes off.
It can get really nasty. These fungi thrive in hot, tropical climates and are recent imports to North America and Europe, brought in by travelers.

Symptoms of Athlete's Foot
Symptoms are really quite obvious, You get moist, flaky, cracking skin, that has a strong painful burning sensation, and just doesn't seem to go away. This is just the start of it. If Athlete's foot is allowed to continue, these fungi will continue to grow aggressively, and major damage to the feet can occur. See some of these pictures for examples of advanced stage athlete's foot:

These fungi flourish in tight, non breathing footwear, causing Athlete's Foot. These organisms commonly spread from one person to another anywhere they can be flaked off a person and re-attached to another, such as swimming pools, gym lockers, and anywhere people walk barefoot. These organisms are far more likely to cause infections on cots or blisters in the feet.

Wearing tight, non-breathing footwear allows the fungi to flourish and cause athlete's foot. The fungal organisms easily spread from one person to another in moist places where people walk barefoot, such as gym locker rooms and swimming pools. Cuts or blisters on the feet make it easier for these organisms to cause an infection.

Athlete's Foot Treatment
Like most problems and infections, it is best to prevent Athlete's Foot. The best way to prevent athlete's foot is with good hygiene. This means keeping your feet cool and dry. After a bath or shower, it's important to dry well between your toes. But if you do have athlete's foot, then it is important to act quickly and prevent it from causing an infection.
In advanced stages of Athlete's Foot, it is most imperative that you see your doctor immediately!
This may include having flaky skin or excessively moist skin, or even really stinky feet. Look at your feet now. I mean seriously, look at them. 1 in 10 people have mild stages of athlete's foot, what makes you so different from the statistics? Take off that sock and check. If you see a rash developing between your two smallest feet, or have been feeling itches or burning, this could be a mild stage of athlete's foot!

If you have mild athlete's foot, don't be too alarmed. You probably have had it for a long time, and didn't even notice. The best thing to do would be to take off your socks, and expose your feet to fresh air and sun. If you do not notice a change, or if you feel you need some help, then there are several special oils that i always sell to my students.

To be fair, i must give credit where credit is due. Most of my understanding has come from my many talks with Dr. Srozenbig. He was very helpful to me in seeking help for my students. It is he who helped me, and it is from his blog that i learned all about how to heal Tinea. Check it out for yourself by clicking here.

Did my blog help you? Have your own story to share? Drop me a comment in the comment box!