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Avoid Athlete’s Foot by Pampering Your Feet

April 10, 2013

The skin on your feet is important and deserves to be pampered, and not just for aesthetic reasons. Caring for your feet can keep fungus and harmful skin disorders at bay. For these reasons, make foot care a priority. Ready to get started?

Keep feet dry and clean to avoid fungal infections.

Part of pampering your feet includes keeping your feet clean. Make sure you are regularly showering/bathing and cleaning your feet with soap. Treat yourself to regular foot baths (use an inexpensive plastic tub and fill it with hot water and epsom salt, then soak your feet). Dry your feet well and apply a moisturizing lotion to keep your skin in good shape. Ensure that your feet stay dry on a daily basis by wearing well-ventilated shoes. Keeping your feet clean and dry will lessen your chance of developing a fungal infection.

Care for your feet to avoid athlete’s foot.

Athlete’s foot is a common condition that affects the feet. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that is contagious and spreads easily. Stinging, itching and burning are all symptoms of this skin disorder. These symptoms are caused by a fungus that grows on top of the skin on a person’s feet. This fungus grows quickly in wet, warm environments — this explains why keeping feet dry helps to minimize fungal infections.

How to treat athlete’s foot.

Did you know that most cases of athlete’s foot can be treated with over-the-counter medication? In other words, most people can get rid of athlete’s foot without going to the doctor. If you have athlete’s foot, you can treat it with anti-fungal sprays, lotions, etc., which can be found at your local pharmacy. Ask your pharmacist for help finding products for treatment.

If over-the-counter treatments are not taking care of your athlete’s foot, see a dermatologist or other health care professional.

Another way you can pamper your feet and avoid athlete’s foot is by wearing sandals when using a communal shower (such as those found at campsites). Communal showers are breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi. Protect your feet by wearing proper shower shoes.

How do you pamper your feet? Let us know — leave a comment on this Disability Living blog post today.

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