What is athlete’s foot?
It is a common fungal skin infection found between the toes and sometimes on the soles and sides of the feet. It can also then spread to the toenails which can become discoloured.
It results in redness, itchy feet and toes and scaling.
What causes athletes foot fungi infection (tinea pedis)?
Fungi can grow in small places like sports shoes and sweaty socks. This is because of our feet sweating from being in shoes all day and then becoming a place for bacteria to grow.
What is the best way to avoid getting athletes foot and to prevent reinfection?
It is important to keep feet clean and dry. Wash your feet often – morning and night and make sure they are completely dry, before you put shoes and socks on.
Makes sure your shoes are not cracked or worn so that water does not seep through to your feet.
It is important to air your shoes and not wear the same ones daily and to always wear clean socks. If your socks are of good quality cotton your feet will be able to breathe better.
If you have an infection use Desenex.
Is athletes foot fungi contagious?
The fungi are not thought to be highly contagious and there is little risk of catching it in gym/sport shower changing rooms.