Itch, sting, crack, burn, blisters, and peel are all conditions collectively called feet fungus. Feet fungus causes by the same fungus that causes the jock, itch and roundworm. Do you know this fungus lives in the dead cells of hairs, nails, and skin? These palaces are the accommodation of this fungus in your body. 80 different types of fungi reside on your feet and some on hand but they don’t mostly fungi and are not harmful at all.

The athlete’s fungus is the most common type of fungus. The infection starts from the middle of the feet fingers and affects the toes. The chronic form of infection leads to spoiling the toenails. If you touch your effected area and touch your other body part without washing your hands, this fungi will transfer on the touched area and spoil that body part.

How an Athlete’s fungus starts?

Moist and warm conditions, humid socks, and shoes are reasons for the growth of this fungus. Rather than, public showers and locker rooms are also blamed for this fungal infection but inner shoes humid environment is also important in this case.

There are about 250,000 sweat glands in your feet so try to keep feet dry because the fungus occurs on wet areas of athlete’s foot.

Can the Athlete’s fungus be transferred from one place to another?

Yes, Athlete’s foot fungus is transferrable from one place to another. When you touch any infected area and retouch any of your body parts, they transfer there. As we know microorganisms like viruses, bacteria or fungi, are transferrable and rapidly increase in number.

Crack parts of your body is the gate for this fungus. This fungus enters your body from here (crack part at your feet). You get this fungus from wet places of environment and locker rooms when you go there with bare feet.

Symptoms of this disease

In Athlete’s foot, you may see rough red rashes. You feel almost unbearable itching after wearing off the shoes and socks. Sometimes you may face blisters or ulcers. Moccasin is a type of athlete’s foot disease that causes the outdated dryness and scaling on the soles of the feet.

It extends at the side of the feet. This chronic type of dryness and scaling leads to eczema. Both feet may be affected by this infection and also your hands if you touch the affected area.

Prevention of Athlete’s foot

As I described earlier that this article that this type of fungus spreads rapidly. Here’s what you must read very carefully to prevent the fungus on feet.

  • Must wash your hands and feet when you come from outside with soap about 1-2 minutes.
  • Don’t touch the infected person but if somehow you get touch with him/ her then don’t touch any other of your body part without washing hands or sanitizing it. The best is if you take a shower.
  • Never share your towel with others because this fungus is laying on it.
  • Try to avoid using public places and locker rooms.
  • Don’t use humid socks and shoes and do not visit humid or watery places with bare feet.
  • Don’t use tight shoes and warm socks.
  • Cut the nails at a normal size so that it doesn’t get inside your toe and try not to cut the skin around the nails.
  • Use powder on your feet after drying them. The medicated powder is best for this purpose.
Sana Riaz

Sana has just completed her MPhil in Microbiology. She loves reading books and the latest discoveries in sciences.

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