Athletes foot is caused by a fungus infection. Fungus likes to
grow where it is warm dark and moist. The inside of your
shoes and sneakers is a garden of eden for fungus. Fungus
is everywhere! It is in the air we breath. Sometimes
it settles in our shoes and when the conditions are right it
Moldy bread is caused by a fungus. Fungus (sometimes yeast
which is very similar) is a plant. Under a microscope
we would see roots growing into the skin. These roots are
irritating. They cause itching and burning. The plant
needs water. So the roots suck the water out of the skin.
That's why the skin looks dry and cracked.
These plants grow very
nicely on toe nails.
they do , they may look like bread mould. You may see
colors ranging from yellow
to green, brown and black. You
may also notice an odor.
Mild cases can be treated at home by yourself. Resistant cases should be
treated by a podiatrist. Some medical doctors have knowledge in this area.
If you think you have athletes foot fungus follow my helpful tips:
- KEEP YOU FEET DRY. Dry THOROUGHLY
after shower. Change your socks twice daily. use
powder in your shoes. Any powder will do, however
avoid cornstarch. Talc is best.
- Apply over the counter preparations
according to label instructions. I like lotrimin
AF, fungoid tincture and Dr. Scholls antifungal.
- Soak your feet daily in a solution of
betadine and water. You can use povidine or
isodyne, they're all the same but betadine is more
expensive. The solution should be warm and look
like tea. If it looks like coffee you used too much
betadine. The best time to soak is after a shower.
Betadine is like iodine. It kills germs and
drys the skin.
- Treat your shoes. If they smell
throw them away. There is fungus inside and you
will never be able to kill it. If there is no smell
you still must treat them. Spray with lysol
or add moth balls to the shoes and leave overnight in a
sealed plastic bag.
- Call a podiatrist...Preferably me at
1-800-HAPPY FOOT if you don't get improvement within 2
In the office I will take a sample of the
fungus to determine the best prescription medicine to use.
There are new oral medicines which get rid of fungus toe
nails. They are safe and effective.
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