13 Nov Management with Athlete’s Foot Spray
Athlete’s foot is a commonly occurring infection involving the skin of the feet caused by fungal organisms. In general, more than half of the people in a given population will develop this condition at some point in their lives. The treatment of athlete’s foot usually involves applying creams or ointments to the skin, but athlete’s foot spray may also be used and these will be discussed further.
The medical term for the condition is tinea pedis and symptoms and signs include burning or itching of the skin or scaling of the skin of the feet especially between the toes or the soles of the feet. The condition affects males more than females and it occurs more commonly in the elderly.
If the condition becomes severe, it can cause open sores on the skin of the feet allowing the bacteria present on the surface to infect the underlying tissue causing bacterial infections of the soft tissue. This can become a potentially problematic infection which will need to be treated with antibiotics.
Excessive moisture and decreased airflow through the toes and around the feet increase the risk of a fungal infection since dark and damp areas are environments suited for their growth. The chances of this occurring are increased in people whose feet tend to sweat a lot and who wear tight-fitting shoes. This may also happen in a situation where the feet are not dried properly between the toes such as after taking a bath or swimming.
Public showers are notorious hot-spots for the presence of the fungal organisms responsible for athlete’s foot. These showers are persistently damp so the organisms flourish in this environment making the chances of picking up the infection all the more prevalent.
Sharing clothes, towels and bed linen with someone who has an active fungal infection of the feet will also increase the chances of contracting athlete’s foot.
Management and Prevention
Athlete’s foot treatment includes the use of over-the-counter anti-fungal creams and ointments which need to be applied to the affected skin over a certain period of time. If these are not well-liked forms of treatment, then anti-fungal powders and sprays can be used to try and manage the condition.
The greatest benefits of anti-fungal sprays are that they are quick and easy to use, they aren’t messy to apply like creams and ointments, and the product gets absorbed rapidly by the skin so that one can get dressed shortly after applying the medication.
If these treatment therapies are ineffective, then a healthcare professional will have to prescribe oral anti-fungal medications to manage the condition.
Preventive measures to avoid getting athlete’s foot, or to at least avoid a repeat episode of the condition, include making sure to dry the areas in between the toes properly, change socks regularly, wear well-ventilated shoes, alternate pairs of shoes so that the same ones aren’t worn for a long period of time, protect the feet with waterproof footwear when using public showers, and don’t share clothes and shoes with people who have athlete’s foot.