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Athlete's Foot: Keep it Off Your Feet

Athlete's Foot: Keep it Off Your Feet

Ever since high school when we were forced to take freshmen swimming, I have been mortified of getting athlete's foot. It seemed that someone in the locker room always had it, making showering one frightening experience.

Nowadays I wear rubber flip-flops when I use the shower at my gym. Mainly out of fear but sometimes I wonder: Can the fungus permeate my thongs?

I have since found out that my fear is somewhat invalid. The fungus that causes athlete's foot lives (and thrives) in warm, moist places, making public showers picture perfect breeding grounds for the germ. Wearing flip-flops decreases your risk (phew), but it's also very important to wash your feet with soap. Once you wash your feet make sure to dry between your toes immediately after your shower so there are no warm, moist places for the fungus to live when you put your shoes on. Wear flip-flops every time you shower in a public place and be sure to wash and dry them off too. However should you get the infamous athlete's foot, it is not the end of the world since most drugstore treatments get rid of it pretty quickly.

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Allytta Allytta 9 years
i used to go to a gym in Lithuania that culd throw you out for not wearing the flip-flops or not showering before using sauna. as HariboLicorice said, it's very impolite in Europe to do that and people are always afraid for their health. But of course there's always exceptions to the rule. I wear flip-flops even when i shower at friend's house.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 10 years
Ugh. The mere thought of athlete's foot gives me the heebie jeebies!! Ugh!!
HariboLicorice HariboLicorice 10 years
I lived in Germany as a kid and honestly, it was a total culture shock coming to the US and seeing how few people wore shower flip flops and did yoga without socks on. I am always horrified about athlete's foot. Where I grew up, flip flops or shower shoes were mandatory (as was showering- full on- with soap! before you got into a public pool. Also, yoga is done in ballet shoes, not with bare feet. I'm still turned off my touching the floors in the gym because I know someone has been on there with their stinky feet.
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
Yikes, no wonder I'm so germ paranoid in public pools/showers. The flip flop idea is good, my sis used them when she lived in university residence (& I think I'll be buying some for my next trip to the community pool!).
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
:jawdrop: oh man...that sounds bad!!!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I got athlete's foot when I worked at a shoe store and had to dress nice (haha, dressed nicer at a shoe store than I do at the office!!) and I wore polyester dress socks for 10 hours a day. Eww eww eww...that hurt, too. Another disgusting shower thing: Plantar's worts...I don't know how I got mine, but it sucked. My brother and sister both got them from a hotel pool on a road trip, too. So it's important to always scrub your feet.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
my gym's pretty clean, in fact i always see the cleaning lady in the bath room cleaning! lol. im hoping that greatly reduces the chance. LOL
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