If you work out often, you might have experienced the itching and burning sensation caused by athlete's foot. A fungus-caused infection that can show up in between toes or heels of the feet, athlete's foot is very common and reoccurring, especially if you sweat a lot and wear closed-toed shoes often. Here are eight things you can do to prevent and treat an itchy case of athlete's foot.
- Athlete's foot is contagious, so avoid sharing or borrowing socks, shoes, or stockings.
- Always wear flip-flops while walking around the locker room, pool, or when showering at the gym.
- Wash your feet every day with an antibacterial soap, and be sure to dry your toes thoroughly. Excess moisture between your toes can cause athlete's foot.
- Change into clean socks every day, and alternate the shoes you wear throughout the week so they have time to dry out completely before you wear them again.
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- Try wearing moisture-wicking socks and well-ventilated shoes, especially when exercising.
- Use antifungal cremes and powders. Lotrimin makes over-the-counter powders and cremes that will help clear up the infection.
- For an alternative approach, check out lotions and foot powders that contain tea tree oil, which is a natural antiseptic shown to have success in killing harmful bacteria and fungi.
- If your condition doesn't improve after two to four weeks of home care or if your feet become sensitive to the touch, swollen, and red streaked, be sure to go to a doctor or dermatologist immediately.