You don’t have to be an athlete to catch it - athlete’s foot can affect anyone!
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal skin infection of the feet caused, primarily, by fungi called as dermatophytes. They thrive in warm and moist environments, such as changing rooms and showers, shoes and socks or sweaty feet. That's why they feel right at home between your toes but can also affect the soles and sides of your feet.
Athlete’s foot symptoms
Understanding athlete's foot
The most important thing you need to know about athlete’s foot is that it’s very contagious. You can easily catch the infection through skin-to-skin contact or through contact with contaminated surfaces. Also, if left untreated it is much more likely to return, and the fungus can spread to other areas of your body or to your loved ones.
Athlete's foot treatment
An effective antifungal medication is the best treatment for your condition. Athlete's foot treatments are available over the counter from your pharmacy, in your supermarket or online.
Topical treatments are easy to apply and target the main types of fungi that cause athlete's foot. Sometimes, it is important to use concomitantly mild corticosteroid that treats symptoms of inflamed athlete's foot (e.g. hydrocortisone). Canesten offers a range of complete antifungal treatments that stop fungal growth, kill the fungi and relieve the symptoms of athlete’s foot.
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Convenient athlete's foot treatment with hygienic applicator
Athlete’s foot is a very common skin infection caused by fungus, and you can treat it easily with an anti-fungal medicine applied directly onto the infected area. There are several Canesten products available to treat your athlete’s foot.
Unfortunately not. Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection which requires treatment with anti-fungal medicine. The earlier you treat it the sooner it will clear up. For information on treating athlete’s foot simply and effectively, visit our athlete’s foot treatment page.
Depending on the product, recommended treatment time varies. The symptoms of the skin infection, such as itching or soreness, should improve within a few days of treatment with all Canesten Athlete’s foot creams. You will need to continue treatment for 2 weeks after symptoms disappear, to avoid recurrence. If the symptoms do not improve within 7 days, please consult your doctor.
Athlete’s foot shouldn’t stop you from exercising, though you should stay away from swimming in order to help prevent spreading the infection. When exercising, you should wear cotton socks and in changing rooms you should wear flip flops or sandals. After exercising, be sure to properly clean and dry your feet, wash your socks in hot water and let your shoes dry after wearing them.
There are a few simple steps you can take to lower your risk of getting athlete’s foot. The most important measure you can take is to keep your feet clean and dry, especially after spending time in public changing rooms, pools or showers. You can also try using Tinaderm Powder Spray, which can help to prevent reinfection if regularly sprayed on the feet, shoes and/or socks.
You don’t need to be an athlete to get this infection. Athlete’s foot got its name because the fungus that causes it likes to hang out in places athlete frequent, like showers, swimming pools and locker rooms. Anyone who gets exposed to the fungus can get infected included women.