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Athlete’s Foot (tinea pedis)


What is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s Foot is a skin condition where the patient develops a fungal infection that begins between the toes. This is usually seen in people who tend to have sweaty feet due to tight fitting shoes. So it mostly affects people who live in a hot and tropical region where they sweat a lot.

What are the Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?

Typical: The symptoms are usually like any other fungal infections. This includes Itchiness, developing a scaly red rash in the affected region, inflammation between toes etc.
Might Experience: It might also cause pain in the affected areas along with itchiness and inflammation.

What are the Causes of Athlete’s Foot?

Like all the other fungal infections, this is also very contagious. So there is a possibility that you might get affected by someone already infected. If you use the same shoes or you happen to use the same floor, there is a high possibility that you will be infected as well.
Also, this condition can be caused by wearing damp socks for prolonged time. The infections like ringworm, jock itch and athlete’s foot are caused by the same fungus which grows in warm and humid conditions.

When to see a Doctor?

There might be situations where you can develop rashes on your foot that is not Athlete’s foot. It can be normal rashes. However, if it stays more than two weeks even after taking over the counter medications, see a doctor. For those who have diabetes. they shouldn’t wait and immediately see a doctor if you suspect an athlete’s foot and experience excessive redness, swelling, drainage or fever.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Preventing fungal infections like athlete’s Foot is difficult but not impossible. Avoiding fermented food and sugar is advisable if someone already has this condition or is prone to it. Apart from this, hygiene is very important to avoid having athlete’s foot. Try to keep your feet clean and dry as much as possible. Also change your socks regularly and keeping alternate pairs of shoes will help you maintain foot hygiene. In case you already have this condition then try to wear light and well ventilated shoes and avoid wearing shoes that are made of synthetic materials. It is also advised not to share your shoes or socks with anyone as this is a contiguous disease and you might get infected from another infected person.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Athlete’s Foot

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Garlic I Yogurt I Lemon I Marigold
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not Known
Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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