This fungal infection usually shows up under the arch of the foot or between the toes, where moisture is highest. It produces red, itchy lesions. Fortunately, the fungus lives on the outer layers of skin and won't invade your system. However, constant scratching can cause a break in the skin and lead to an infection that could invade your body.
We don't know why one person gets the fungus and another doesn't, but athlete's foot is picked up in wet public areas such as locker rooms and swimming pools. Another equally common cause is wearing damp, dirty socks and shoes, which are prime breeding grounds for fungus.
Athlete's foot can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Creams, sprays and powders are much less effective than ointments and gels. Most people apply the medication for a few days until the symptoms are gone, but to truly eliminate this fungus, you must continue to apply the medication for two weeks after redness and itching have disappeared. Soaking your feet in baking soda mixed with water also works well.
Wear clean, dry socks when you run. Use over-the-counter foot powders and sprays to keep your feet dry. Wear sandals in showers, around pools and in other wet public areas.
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