Has it happened to you? Maybe you left a pool party or a basketball practice. Perhaps you wore your brother’s favorite flip-flops. One day, you notice that your feet are itchy. They may even be dry and scaly. There is one more potential symptom: a burning sensation on the skin.

If none of these symptoms sounds familiar, you most likely have never had the condition known as athlete’s foot or tinea pedis. This fungal infection is more common than you think.

Today, we define the symptoms of this condition, outlining the causes, prevention tips, and treatment options. If you have been diagnosed with athlete’s foot, you may notice it between your toes or on the soles of your feet. A skin fungus is the cause of this not-so-fun condition. The microscopic parasite lives on the skin and feeds on dead organic material.

Athlete’s Foot Symptoms

● Dry, cracked, or scaly skin
● Chronic sweating and foot odor
● Inflammation of the affected area
● Itching, stinging, or burning sensation
● Athlete’s foot blisters

Causes of Athlete’s Foot

We know fungus is the cause, but what brings on the problem? Well, it’s all about the environment. Fungi love warm and humid places, and this is where many athletes spend time. Think of locker rooms or swimming pools. This association is also where the name originates.

Prevention of Athlete’s Foot

Now that you know more about the fungus that causes athlete’s foot, here are some ways to protect your feet.

● Always wear shoes (don’t walk barefoot)
● Never share shoes, socks, or towels
● Allow your shoes to breathe (try to alternate shoes)
● Practice good foot hygiene by washing, drying and moisturizing your feet

Athlete’s Foot Treatment

If you have symptoms of this itchy condition, it’s time to act fast. Remember, the potential for it to spread to family and friends. From our Tea Tree Ultimates® FungaSoap® to our ShoeZap® 15 Minute UV Shoe Sanitizer, there are ways to win the fight against the Athlete’s Foot fungus. Explore the PediFix website today.

If you have questions about how our products can support you, please call 1-800- PEDIFIX (733-4349) to learn more. Our product specialists are ready to support your needs.