Monday, 5 March 2012

Athletes Foot - What Is It All About?

Athletes Foot - What Is It All About?

Athletes Foot - What Is It All About?
Athlete's foot was first discovered early in the 19th century. Initially the belief at the time was that it was caused by bug bites. This belief was proven to be untrue. Dermatophytes are the primary cause of athlete's foot. Dermatophytes were discovered in the 19th century. Dermatophytes affect the top layer of skin. It goes by different names such as microorganism, fungus, dermatophyte, ringworm and tinea. A fungus can live off the skin of the body. Dermatophytes in the case of athlete's foot affects the skin of the feet.

Tinea is a skin problem that affects people at least once in their lifetime. Tinea is a parasitic fungal infection. Tinea can grow on different parts of the body. It can develop on the feet, groin, scalp, face, nails, and hands. Tinea cruris is also called jock itch. Jock itch is a common growth in the groin area. Tinea can be extremely itchy.

Athlete's foot may appear differently for different people. The skin can be dry and scaly affecting the area between the toes and the sole of the foot. Athlete's foot can start out as a rash and progress to blisters. This fungal disease can appear as a whiteish yellow rash with bright red blisters. The toenails may be infected. The skin may become sensitive to touch, there may be a burning sensation. The feet may have a bad odour. The feet may have a watery discharge.

Preventing tinea is easy. When showering in public gyms always wear water sandals to avoid coming into contact with the fungus. The foot fungus grows in wet hot areas. Give your feet a chance to breath by wearing another pair of sandals at home. Do not share towels. Change socks frequently.

When animals such as cats and dogs acquire athlete's foot it is called ringworm. Human beings can get athlete's foot from animals.

There are many different remedies for the different types of tinea. It is important to develop a treatment plan and stick to it. Feet should be kept dry and clean. There are different topical applications for tinea. They come in creams, sprays or powders. There are also athlete's foot home remedies. Tea tree oil is a popular home remedy. A mixture of apple cider vinegar with water is a common natural treatment. Whatever treatment you choose stick to the routine for a couple of months to ensure the fungus is completely gone.


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