What is Athlete's Foot?
Athlete's Foot is a fungus infection affecting the outer surface of the skin (epidermis), though it may invade the deeper surface (dermis) in special circumstances.
Athlete's Foot can manifest itself in a variety of forms. It may start as small bubble like eruption (vesicle), which if removed reveals red glazed skin beneath and frequently will cause a small cut in between the toes.
Athlete's Foot appears commonly between the small toes and causes soreness and itching. Athlete's Foot can also appear as an inflammation eczematous type spreading from between the toes to the ball of the foot. The rash appears as a dry scaly skin.
The rule of thumb for treatment is if it's wet, dry it and if it's dry, wet it.
Treatment for Athlete's Foot
The area affected by the fungus must be kept cool and in the light whenever possible, as this environment is not liked by the fungus and therefore it will not thrive in it.
You should also soak the foot in a solution of salt and water, which yet again helps to provide an unappealing environment for the fungus.
Recommended products for Athlete's Foot
The use of anti-fungal topical application is highly recommended. The most effective preparation available is Lamisil.
Dusting powder is recommended for long term use on the feet and may also be used inside footwear and hosiery as a preventative measure.
This information is for guidance only. If you are in doubt at all, please consult your nearest health professional.