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Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis) in Adults: Condition, Treatments, and Pictures – Overview
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Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), also known as ringworm of the foot, is a surface (superficial) fungal infection of the skin of the foot. The most common fungal disease in humans, athlete’s foot, may be passed to humans by direct contact with infected people, infected animals, contaminated objects (such as towels or locker room floors), or the soil.
Who’s at risk?
Athlete’s foot may occur in people of all ages, of all races, and of both sexes. However, athlete’s foot is more common in males than in females. Children rarely develop athlete’s foot.
Some conditions make athlete’s foot more likely to occur:
- Living in warm, humid climates
- Using public or community pools or showers
- Wearing tight, non-ventilated footwear
- Sweating profusely
- Having diabetes or a weak immune system
Signs and Symptoms
The most common locations for athlete’s foot include:
- Spaces (webs) between the toes, especially between the 4th and 5th toes and between the 3rd and 4th toes
- Soles of the feet
- Tops of the feet
Athlete’s foot may affect one or both feet. It can look different depending on which part of the foot (or feet) is involved and which fungus (ie, dermatophyte) has caused the infection:
- On the top of the foot, athlete’s foot appears as a red scaly patch or patches, ranging in size from 1 to 5 cm. The border of the affected skin may be raised, with bumps, blisters, or scabs. Often, the center of the lesion has normal-appearing skin with a ring-shaped edge, leading to the descriptive but inaccurate name ringworm. (It is inaccurate because there is no worm involved.)
- Between the toes (the interdigital spaces), athlete’s foot may appear as inflamed, scaly, and soggy tissue. Splitting of the skin (fissures) may be present between or under the toes. This form of athlete’s foot tends to be quite itchy.
- On the sole of the foot (the plantar surface), athlete’s foot may appear as pink-to-red skin with scales ranging from mild to widespread (diffuse).
- Another type of tinea pedis infection, called bullous tinea pedis, has painful and itchy blisters on the arch (instep) and/or the ball of the foot.
- The most severe form of tinea pedis infection, called ulcerative tinea pedis, appears as painful blisters, pus-filled bumps (pustules), and shallow open sores (ulcers). These lesions are especially common between the toes but may involve the entire sole. Because of the numerous breaks in the skin, lesions commonly become infected with bacteria. Ulcerative tinea pedis occurs most frequently in people with diabetes and others with weak immune systems.
If you suspect that you have athlete’s foot, you might try one of the following over-the-counter antifungal creams or lotions:
Apply the antifungal cream between the toes and to the soles of both feet for at least 2 weeks after the areas are completely clear of lesions.
In addition, try to keep your feet dry, creating a condition where the fungus cannot live and grow:
- Wash your feet daily and dry them carefully, even using a hair dryer (on low setting) if possible.
- Use a separate towel for your feet, and do not share this towel with anyone else.
- Wear socks made of cotton or wool, and change them once or twice a day, or even more often if they become damp.
- Avoid shoes made of synthetic materials such as rubber or vinyl.
- Wear sandals as often as possible.
- Apply antifungal powder to your feet and inside your shoes every day.
- Wear protective footwear in locker rooms and public or community pools and showers.
When to Seek Medical Care
If the lesions do not improve after 2 weeks of applying over-the-counter antifungal creams or if they are exceptionally itchy or painful, see your doctor for an evaluation. If you have blisters, pustules, and/or ulcers on your feet, see a doctor as soon as possible.
Treatments Your Physician May Prescribe
To confirm the diagnosis of athlete’s foot, your physician might scrape some surface skin material (scales) onto a glass slide and examine them under a microscope. This procedure, called a KOH (potassium hydroxide) preparation, allows the doctor to look for tell-tale signs of fungal infection.
Once the diagnosis of athlete’s foot has been confirmed, your physician will probably start treatment with an antifungal medication. Most infections can be treated with topical creams and lotions, including:
- Over-the-counter preparations such as terbinafine, clotrimazole, or miconazole
- Prescription-strength creams such as econazole, oxiconazole, ciclopirox, ketoconazole, sulconazole, naftifine, or butenafine
Other topical medications your physician may consider:
- Compounds containing urea, lactic acid, or salicylic acid to help dissolve the scale and allow the antifungal cream to penetrate better into the skin
- Solutions containing aluminum chloride, which reduces sweating of the foot
- Antibiotic creams to prevent or treat bacterial infections, if present
Rarely, more extensive infections or those not improving with topical antifungal medications may require 3–4 weeks of treatment with oral antifungal pills, including:
The infection should go away within 4–6 weeks after using effective treatment.
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Foot fungus: Types and treatments
The term foot fungus describes superficial fungal infections of the foot. These infections can affect the outer layers of the skin, hair, and nails. Two of the most common foot fungi infections are tinea pedis and onychomycosis.
Keep reading to learn more about these two fungal infections, including potential causes, risk factors, and treatments.
A fungal infection of the foot typically refers to tinea pedis, also known as athlete’s foot or foot ringworm. It usually describes a skin infection of the feet or toes.
If a person has a fungal infection of the nail, it is likely onychomycosis, which is also known as tinea unguium.
The fungi or other organism that cause these infections are:
Tinea pedis occurs due to dermatophyte fungi. These are fungi that require keratin for growth and can cause infections on the skin, hair, and nails. The fungi that commonly cause tinea pedis include:
- Trichophyton rubrum
- Epidermophyton floccosum
- Trichophyton interdigitale
Onychomycosis can occur due to the following organisms:
- dermatophytes, such as Trichophyton rubrum, T. interdigitale
- yeasts, such as Candida albicans
- molds, such as Scopulariopsis brevicaulis
Both infections occur in different areas of the foot:
Tinea pedis normally starts in between the toes of the foot. It is particularly common between the 4th and 5th toe space. Some people may use the term athlete’s foot to describe any inflammation between the toes.
Tinea pedis can spread to the sides of the foot and the sole. It can also spread to the heel of the foot. In some cases, tinea pedis can occur in combination with a fungal infection of the groin, hands, nails, or both.
Onychomycosis may involve one toenail or fingernail, or multiple nails. More commonly, onychomycosis affects the big toenail and the little toenail.
The risk factors of both infections may include:
While tinea pedis can occur in anyone, including children and older people, it usually occurs in males and young adults.
Other risk factors for tinea pedis include:
- footwear that covers the entire foot, such as heavy boots or sports shoes
- excessive sweating
- underlying health conditions, such as diabetes
- certain medication, such as corticosteroids or medications that suppress the immune system
- hot and humid environments
- walking barefoot in public areas, such as changing rooms
- wearing socks and shows with poor ventilation
- prolonged exposure to water
- involvement in certain sporting activities, such as expedition adventure racing
Risk factors for onychomycosis include:
- older age
- untreated fungal infection
- warm and moist environments
- prolonged water exposure
- previous injury to the nail
- inflammatory diseases of the nail
- certain sporting activities
- excessive sweating
- a suppressed immune system
- inappropriate footwear or socks with poor ventilation
- underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or psoriasis
The symptoms of both infections may include:
Tinea pedis does not have a normal distribution or pattern and can involve just one foot or both feet. It can present in one of three ways:
- itchy, peeling or scaly skin in between the toes, most commonly in the space between the 4th and 5th toes
- scaly skin on the sole and the sides of the feet
- small or medium-sized blisters on the inner part of the foot
While uncommon, a person with tinea pedis may notice oozing in between the toes or ulcers forming.
Other symptoms that a person with tinea pedis may experience include:
- moist, peeling skin
- an unpleasant smell
- thickening of the skin
- the skin discoloring, appearing white, yellow, or green
Symptoms of onychomycosis can include:
- a white or yellow streak on one side of the nail
- scaling under the nail
- the end of the nail lifting and not securely fitting to the toe or finger
- white spots on the nail plate
- damage or destruction of the nail
- discoloration of the nail
- a build-up of debris under the nail
- the nail splitting
- the nail thickening
The diagnosis of both infections may involve:
A doctor will examine a person’s foot and will check for the characteristic signs of tinea pedis. They may also check the groin, hands, and nails to check for any sign of fungal infection in those areas.
The doctor may send skin samples for testing. A scientist will check the scrapings of skin for spores to confirm the presence of fungi.
Further tests may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis. If this is the case, the doctor may send a sample for a fungal culture test
Similarly to tinea pedis, a doctor will examine the affected nail or nails and look for characteristic signs of onychomycosis.
A doctor may also require nail clippings or scrapings to test for onychomycosis. Tests may involve a fungal culture test.
Tips to prevent these infections include:
The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) recommend the following to prevent tinea pedis or athlete’s foot:
- wearing sandals or footwear (that do not obstruct the entire foot) in public areas
- keeping the feet dry
- washing and drying the feet every day
- wearing socks made of natural fabrics
- alternating the shoes worn every day
- not sharing clothing or shoes with other people
The AAD recommends the following preventative measures:
- wearing sandals or flip-flops when the weather is warm
- wearing a clean pair of socks every day
- alternating shoes every day if possible
- keeping the nails short by trimming them
- sanitizing nail clippers before use
- keeping feet dry and clean
- moisturizing skin around the nails and feet regularly
Treatment options for both infections may include:
Measures to treat tinea pedis include wearing more appropriate footwear and ensuring regular washing and drying of the feet.
A doctor may prescribe topical antifungal medication, such as miconazole cream, to treat the tinea pedis more effectively. A person can apply these creams directly to the affected skin once or twice a day.
Typically, it takes 2–4 weeks for the cream to work, but it may work more quickly if the infection is mild.
If topical therapy does not work, a doctor may prescribe oral antifungal medication, such as terbinafine or fluconazole. The treatment length and dose will depend on the severity of the infection.
At-home remedies for onychomycosis include washing the skin around the nail regularly and keeping the feet clean and dry.
An older study found that treating onychomycosis with mentholated ointments, such as Vicks VapoRub, showed a positive effect in 83% of participants. Some people also think that tea tree oil helps treat nail fungus. However, research is limited.
Topical antifungal creams for mild infections include amorolfine and ciclopirox. The number of times a person will need to apply the treatment will depend on the medication.
The AAD state that antifungal pills have a higher cure rate than topical creams. They also work more quickly, so a person may only need to take them for a few months.
The doctor may recommend removal of the nail if the infection is severe. A doctor can do this surgically or chemically. With both treatment options, the nail can grow back.
Recently, scientists have experimented with the use of lasers to treat onychomycosis. Although specialists indicate that the procedure is safe, it can cause some pain and bleeding.
A person should see a doctor if they notice any changes to the skin or nails of the feet, including:
- color changes
- changes to the texture
A person should also seek medical advice if they have tried at-home remedies and the condition persists.
Fungal infections such as tinea pedis and onychomycosis are widespread. Hot and humid environments and restrictive footwear encourage fungal infections.
A person should follow the recommended preventive measures to reduce the risk of infection.
If a person notices changes to the skin or nails of the feet, they should seek the advice of a medical professional to ensure early antifungal treatment.
Common Fungal and Bacterial Infections of the Foot
No matter how clean your feet are, they are constantly in contact with microorganisms that can potentially cause infection. Fungus and bacteria are the most common culprits.
In most cases, the immune system can keep these disease-causing agents (pathogens) at bay. There are times, however, when your immune defenses are low, a pathogen is especially robust, or a break in the skin allows a microorganism easy access into vulnerable tissues.
Symptoms of a foot infection can often be mild and easily treated at home. Others may require more aggressive interventions, including hospitalization to treat serious and potentially life-threatening complications. In general, there are steps you can take to prevent contracting an infection.
Fungal Foot Infections
Fungal foot infections are familiar to many of us who may have picked up a foot or toenail infection in a locker room or spa. Fungal pathogens are especially hearty and can even colonize on intact skin.
The foot, especially between the toes, provides the ideal environment for infection, allowing the roots of the fungus to penetrate damp, softened tissues. All it takes to establish infection is for the foot to come in contact with a contaminated, moist surface.
Fungal foot infections can be persistent and hard to treat. But they are rarely life-threatening.
Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis)
When a rash, itchiness, and flaking develops between the toes, it is most often related to a highly common condition known as athlete’s foot (tinea pedis).
The fungus thrives in moist environments such as gyms and saunas and can flourish in sweaty socks and shoes. It is highly contagious and can be readily spread through contaminated floors, towels, or clothing. Athlete’s foot can be caused by any number of fungi, including those associated with ringworm.
Most cases can be identified by symptoms alone. More serious or recurrent cases would benefit from a microscopic examination of a skin scraping, known as a KOH test.
Mild cases can be treated with an over-the-counter antifungal cream or spray. Serious or persistent infections may require an oral antifungal such as terbinafine or itraconazole for a period of two to six months.
Toenail Fungus (Onychomycosis)
Onychomycosis is a term used to describe a typically slow-growing fungal infection beneath the toenail. Symptoms include a white or yellowish discoloration, the thickening, and flaking of the nail, and the separation of the nail from the nail bed.
Onychomycosis often accompanies athlete’s foot and is more common in people with a weakened immune system or peripheral vascular disease (characterized by a diminished blood flow to the extremities).
Diagnosis can be made with a visual evaluation and supported with a KOH test. A tissue culture from nail trimmings can help identify the specific fungal pathogen.
Onychomycosis is notoriously difficult to treat since most topical creams are unable to penetrate the nail tissue. Oral antifungal treatment tends to work best, but it can take as long as six to 12 months for a nail to fully grow back. Terbinafine is considered the treatment of choice, often supported by itraconazole, another oral antifungal.
Oral antifungal medication may be needed for a fungal toenail infection.
Bacterial Foot Infections
While somewhat less common than a fungal infection, a bacterial foot infection can sometimes turn serious, moving from a local infection to a systemic (whole-body) one. Most are established through breaks or abrasions in the skin, often as a result of a penetrating wound.
Bacterial infections beneath or adjacent to a toenail are often the consequence of an ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis). Even eczema, athlete’s foot, or a severe sunburn can provide an opportunity for infection by compromising the outermost layer of skin (epidermis).
While a bacterial foot infection can happen to anyone, certain people are at an increased risk of complications, including:
- Older people
- People with diabetes, who often have poor blood circulation in the feet and a decreased ability to fight infection
- People who are immune-compromised, such as those with untreated HIV
- People undergoing chemotherapy or those taking immune suppressive drugs
When a bacterial infection occurs, the surrounding skin will become red, swollen, and painful. There may even be a yellow or greenish discharge in the form of pus. The most common bacterial culprit is Staphylococcus aureus, although other types are associated with specific conditions.
One type of bacterial infection frequently mistaken for a fungus is erythrasma. Erythrasma is caused by the bacteria Corynebacterium minutissimum and is most commonly seen in people with diabetes and those who are obese.
As with fungi, the bacterium primarily establishes itself in folds of skin, such as the armpits, under the breast, in the groin, or between the toes. The patches of infection are initially pink but quickly become brown and scaly as skin starts to flake and shed.
Erythrasma can often be diagnosed by using an ultraviolet light, known as a Wood’s lamp, which causes the bacteria to glow an almost fluorescent coral-pink. Erythrasma is best treated with a topical fusidic acid cream or an oral antibiotic such as azithromycin or erythromycin.
Bacterial foot infections sometimes progress beyond the superficial tissues and consolidate into a pocket of pus known as an abscess. An abscess of the foot is most often caused by a puncture wound (as can happen after an unsterile pedicure) or the infection of a hair follicle. While abscesses are similar to boils, they involve deeper layers of tissue.
Symptoms include redness, swelling, warmth, pain, and the formation of a raised bump that can spontaneously erupt. Low-grade fever and a general achiness may also accompany an abscess.
While S. aureus is a common culprit, Fusobacterium necrophorum and Arcanobacterium pyogenes are the types most typically constrained to the feet.
Abscesses can often be diagnosed by physical evaluation. If needed, a bacterial culture may be performed to identify the bacterial type and aid in the selection of the appropriate antibiotic.
Treatment usually involves the drainage of the abscess supported by oral and/or topical antibiotics to resolve the infection. An over-the-counter analgesic like Tylenol (acetaminophen) may be used to treat pain and fever.
A foot abscess is usually treated by draining it and then using antibiotics.
Cellulitis is a potentially serious skin complication in which a local bacterial infection begins to spread from the site of the initial injury. Cellulitis typically starts as a small area of inflammation that quickly spreads to surrounding tissues, causing swelling, pain, warmth, and the formation of characteristic red streaks moving upward from the foot.
The red streaks, known as lymphangitis, are an indication that the infection is migrating toward the lymph nodes. If this happens, the infection can become systemic and potentially life-threatening. High fever, chills, and body aches are signs of a serious infection.
Cellulitis is typically caused by a break in the skin but is especially common in people with diabetes or poor blood circulation. S. aureus and Streptococcus are the most likely causes.
Cellulitis is a medical emergency whether you have a fever or not. If you see a red streak progressing up your foot, get medical help as soon as possible.
Uncomplicated cases may be treated with a five- to 14-day course of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Serious cases may require hospitalization and the administration of intravenous antibiotics and fluids.
Fungal foot infections can be prevented by keeping your feet clean and dry and by washing them every day with soap and water. Avoid going barefoot in public spaces or the sharing of footwear or nail clippers.
Always keep your toenails trimmed, and change your socks and shoes regularly to prevent moisture build-up. If your feet are especially sweaty and/or prone to fungal infection, use a daily over-the-counter antifungal foot powder or spray.
Bacterial infections can be prevented by keeping your skin undamaged and clean. If the skin is cut or scraped, it should be washed immediately with soap and water and covered with a sterile bandage. If your foot is prone to dryness and cracking, you can apply a petrolatum-based foot cream to the keep the skin soft.
By contrast, the daily use of a topical antibiotic, whether prescription or over-the-counter, is not recommended as a means of prevention as it can eventually lead to antibiotic resistance.
Athlete’s Foot or Something Else?
Having trouble with your feet? You may be one of the many people who are experiencing a common skin issue called Tinea Pedis, or Athlete’s Foot. This problem refers to a fungal infection of the skin that can occur in between the toes, or on the bottom of the foot. The symptoms of athlete’s foot infection can include scaling, fissures, itching, redness, and most notably, maceration (a white mushy-like appearance of the skin) in between the toes. Sometimes an odor may be present. This infection is extremely common, seen mainly in young to middle-aged men; however, women can also be affected.
What athlete’s foot looks like
Trichophyton rubrum, a fungus, is the most common culprit and causes an inflammatory response in the skin after infection. There are many potential sources of infection; however, having moist feet tends to be a great risk factor. Prevention of the infection consists mainly of keeping the skin of the feet and toes as dry as possible. This can be achieved by applying powders such as Zeasorb-AF, which is an over-the-counter medication, to maintain a dry environment. Other preventive measures include gentle washing and drying of the feet daily as well as wearing flip flops in moist public environments (such as in locker rooms or near swimming pools and showers) to minimize exposure.
If you think you have athlete’s foot, or another rash of the feet, and the over-the-counter remedies aren’t working, it is best to come into the clinic where your provider can evaluate and treat you with something more effective. Certain conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, among other things, can also look very much like Athlete’s foot. Sometimes, if the skin barrier is compromised, a secondary bacterial infection can occur. Your provider will assess your feet and may consider performing a test in the office to look for fungal elements and/or bacteria. Treatment of Tinea Pedis is typically topical. In advanced cases, oral anti-fungal agents or antibiotics may be employed as needed. If left untreated, severe cases may spread to infect the toenails, which are significantly more difficult to treat.
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Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, is an infection of the skin and feet that can be caused by a variety of different fungi. Although tinea pedis can affect any portion of the foot, the infection most often affects the space between the toes. Athlete’s foot is typically characterized by skin fissures or scales that can be red and itchy.
Tinea pedis is spread through contact with infected skin scales or contact with fungi in damp areas (for example, showers, locker rooms, swimming pools) 1. Tinea pedis can be a chronic infection that recurs frequently 2. Treatment may include topical creams (applied to the surface of the skin) or oral medications 3.
Appropriate hygiene techniques may help to prevent or control tinea pedis. The following hygiene techniques should be followed:
Prevention of athlete’s foot:
- Nails should be clipped short and kept clean. Nails can house and spread the infection.
- Avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms or public showers (wear sandals).
For control of athlete’s foot infection, persons with active tinea pedis infection should:
- Keep feet clean, dry, and cool.
- Avoid using swimming pools, public showers, or foot baths.
- Wear sandals when possible or air shoes out by alternating them every 2-3 days.
- Avoid wearing closed shoes and wearing socks made from fabric that doesn’t dry easily (for example, nylon).
- Treat the infection with recommended medication.
For more information on fungal skin infections, visit CDC’s dermatophytes page.
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What is tinea pedis?
Tinea pedis is a foot infection due to a dermatophyte fungus. It is the most common dermatophyte infection and is particularly prevalent in hot, tropical, urban environments.
What causes tinea pedis?
The three most common dermatophyte fungi causing tinea pedis are:
- Trichophyton (T.) rubrum
- T. interdigitale, previously called T. mentagrophytes var. interdigitale
- Epidermophyton floccosum
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Who gets tinea pedis?
Tinea pedis usually occurs in males and adolescents/young adults, but can also affect females, children and older people. Infection is usually acquired by direct contact with the causative organism, for example using a shared towel, or by walking barefoot in a public change room.
Other risk factors include:
What are the clinical features of tinea pedis?
Tinea pedis tends to be asymmetrical, and may be unilateral. It usually presents in one of three ways:
- Itchy erosions and/or scales between the toes, especially between 4th and 5th toes
- Scale covering the sole and sides of the feet (hyperkeratotic/moccasin type, usually caused by T. rubrum)
- Small to medium-sized blisters, usually affecting the inner aspect of the foot (vesiculobullous type).
It can also uncommonly cause oozing and ulceration between the toes (ulcerative type), or pustules (these are more common in tinea pedis due to T. interdigitale than that due to T. rubrum).
How is the diagnosis of tinea pedis made?
The diagnosis of tinea pedis can be made clinically in most cases, based on the characteristic clinical features. Other typical sites, such as toenails, groin, and palms of the hands, should be examined for fungal infection, which may support a diagnosis of tinea pedis.
Diagnosis is confirmed by skin scrapings, which are sent for microscopy in potassium hydroxide (when segmented hyphae may be observed) and culture (mycology). Culture may not be necessary if typical fungal elements are observed on microscopy.
What is the differential diagnosis of tinea pedis?
The differential diagnosis of tinea pedis includes:
These inflammatory disorders are more likely to be symmetrical and bilateral. Mycology is negative.
What is the treatment for tinea pedis?
General measures should be first-line, including meticulous drying of feet, especially between the toes, avoidance of occlusive footwear, and the use of barrier protection (sandals) in communal facilities.
Topical antifungal therapy once or twice daily is usually sufficient. These include azoles, allylamines, butenafine, ciclopirox, and tolnaftate. A typical course is 2 to 4 weeks, but single dose regimes can be successful for mild infection [1,2].
For those who do not respond to topical therapy, an oral antifungal agent may be needed for a few weeks. These include:
Patients with the hyperkeratotic variant of tinea pedis may benefit from the addition of a topical keratolytic cream containing salicylic acid or urea .
How can recurrence of tinea pedis be prevented?
To minimise recurrence of tinea pedis:
- Dry feet and toes meticulously after bathing
- Use desiccating foot powder once or twice daily
- Avoid wearing occlusive footwear for long periods
- Thoroughly dry shoes and boots
- Clean the shower and bathroom floors using a product containing bleach
- Treat shoes with antifungal powder.
If treatment of tinea pedis is unsuccessful, consider reinfection, coexistent untreated fungal nail infection, reinfection due to untreated family member, or an alternative diagnosis.
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What Is Athlete’s Foot? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Athlete’s foot is highly treatable with nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Your chosen treatment should be used for 2 to 4 weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
OTC antifungal creams, gels, lotions, sprays, and powders for athlete’s foot should contain one of the following active ingredients:
Your doctor may also recommend prescription oral antifungal medicines — examples include terbinafine or itraconazole — or oral antibiotics for any bacterial infections that may develop.
There are also prescription topical creams designed to kill the fungus that causes athlete’s foot.
Alternative and Complementary Therapies
For athlete’s foot, some people swear by home remedies such as tea tree oil or footbaths that contain certain herbal products. However, there have been very few studies evaluating the effectiveness of these remedies for athlete’s foot, and what few exist have yielded conflicting results.
A study published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology found that a 50 percent tea tree oil solution cured athlete’s foot in about two-thirds of people. The only side effect was minor skin irritation, and that affected nearly 4 percent of study participants.
In addition to tea tree oil, a compound in garlic called ajoene has been shown to have antifungal properties, and some research suggests that it’s effective against tinea pedis.
However, in the United States, this compound can be found only as an ingredient in garlic supplements, and it’s unclear whether these products can help with athlete’s foot.
Prevention of Athlete’s Foot
Steps you can take to prevent athlete’s foot include:
- Keeping feet clean and dry
- Washing your feet with soap after exercising
- Avoiding wearing heavy, closed shoes or thick socks
- Changing socks often
- Making sure socks are washed between uses
- Using antifungal foot powder on feet and in shoes
- Wearing flip-flops in gym showers or locker rooms to avoid contact with fungi
- Airing your feet out by taking your shoes off, or wearing sandals, as often as possible
- Avoiding public swimming pools and public showers
- Not sharing with others items used during exercise (equipment, towels, etc.)
Try wearing only cotton socks, which are more effective at absorbing sweat. If possible, choose footwear made with breathable materials, such as leather. Shoes made of vinyl and similar materials can retain sweat and create an environment for fungi to grow. When you’re doing laundry, consider using hot water and bleach, which can kill fungi in ways detergent can’t.
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Fungus is one of the most common diseases affecting the skin of the soles of the feet and the nail plate. Mycosis is characterized by a high level of contagiousness. You can get infected with it in the sauna, steam bath, swimming pool, when visiting the gym. The disease occurs in both men and women. If untreated, the pathology progresses rapidly, spreading to healthy tissues. So, how to cure a fungus and what is needed for this?
What does the fungus look like on the feet: photo
Below are the most common types of fungus on the feet.
This is a foot disease that affects the skin and nail plate. Infection
occurs when visiting public baths, saunas and other places. Most often
mycosis of this type is infected when using general hygiene items:
- sports equipment, etc.
Most often the disease is diagnosed in middle-aged men. With increased sweating of the feet, the fungus spreads with particular speed.
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This disease is caused by a group of fungi of the Trichophyton species. Is different
high contagiousness. It is quickly transmitted from person to person. Infection
shoes and socks, which were previously worn by a sick person; 90 020 90 019 use
general sports equipment for the legs;
- Use of common washcloths and
The disease often affects the feet of children and adolescents. In most cases, this type of foot fungus is found in boys and young men. With age, the percentage of the occurrence of the disease increases several times.
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This form of mycosis of the legs is less common than the previous ones. The causative agent of the disease is conditionally pathogenic. Fungi of the genus Candida are normally constantly present on human skin.Their reproduction and growth begins only with a significant decrease in immunity, for example, against the background of past diseases.
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How to treat fungus on the feet with folk remedies at home
Treatment of a fungus at an early stage is possible at home. Here
herbal products are suitable. Before starting therapy
it is recommended to consult with your doctor.
The following recipe is used for the treatment of mycosis of the feet:
kombucha is cleaned of dirt and films;
the pieces are crushed using a meat grinder or blender;
- the prepared mass is poured
strong sugar solution and insist for a week.
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After that, the gruel is removed from the syrup and rubbed into the affected skin or nail plate. It is necessary to repeat the procedure 2-3 times a day. The treatment continues until the traces of the foot fungus completely disappear. After preparation, put the product in the refrigerator. The drug allows you to fight the fungus both on the skin and nails.
Soda solution is especially effective against microorganisms of the genus Candida.It
will help get rid of the fungus in a matter of days. The causative agents of mycosis do not tolerate
exposure to an alkaline environment and quickly die under its influence. For treatment
use the following recipe:
- 7 liters of warm water are mixed with 3 tablespoons of grated laundry soap and 3 tablespoons of baking soda;
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- Mix well until smooth;
- the affected legs are lowered into the prepared solution.
The procedure lasts half an hour. After that, dry the skin with a towel and apply a special ointment. The treatment lasts at least 4 days.
Vinegar baths for leather
An acidic medium, like an alkaline one, prevents the reproduction of spores. For
preparing a vinegar bath use the following recipe:
the water is heated to a temperature of 50 degrees;
pour water into the prepared container and add 200 milliliters of table
- the mixture is thoroughly mixed and
lower their feet into it.
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The procedure takes 15 minutes. The course of treatment consists of 4 days. The multiplicity of the procedure is three times a day. After the bath, the feet are wiped off and additional products are applied to the skin.
Vinegar lotions for leather
Vinegar-based lotions are no less effective than healing baths. For
preparation of lotions required:
- take 2
parts of 70 percent vinegar;
- to 1
parts of glycerin, dimethyl phthalate and olive oil;
- Stir everything thoroughly
The resulting ointment is applied to the affected areas of the soles feet affected by the fungus and left overnight. In the morning, the remnants of the product are washed off with warm water.
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Apple cider vinegar lotions
Treatment with apple cider vinegar is effective in the early stages of the disease. For
making lotions use the following recipe:
cotton pad or cotton-gauze swab;
his apple cider vinegar;
- apply to the affected area
for a few hours or overnight.
Treatment is continued until the symptoms of the disease disappear
finally. With long-term treatment, every couple of weeks it is necessary to do
break for a few days.
Iodine not only disinfects the skin of the feet and the nail plate, but also suppresses
reproduction of the fungus, eliminating the cause of the disease. For the treatment of mycosis, the skin of the feet and
the nail plate is lubricated with the drug. The product is applied on a pre-
surfaces cleaned from contamination.In the treatment of nail fungus, use
undiluted drug by dropping it from a pipette onto the plate. With mycosis of the feet, iodine
added to the trays. A few drops of solution are enough for a basin of water. Time
taking such a bath should not exceed half an hour.
Treatment of skin mycosis with celandine
Fresh plants are best used for treatment. Use celandine
you can use the following recipe:
herbs are passed through a meat grinder or chopped with a blender; 90,020 90,019 from
the resulting slurry squeeze the juice.To do this, use folded in several
once the gauze. In total, 200 milliliters of juice is required;
- the resulting juice is mixed with
with the same amount of alcohol and insist for a day.
Before using the medicine, the skin of the feet is thoroughly washed and dried with a towel. After that, a cotton pad is impregnated with tincture and gently lubricate the places affected by mycosis. It is necessary to repeat the procedure in the morning and in the evening. You do not need to wash off the product. With the development of allergies, treatment with celandine must be discontinued.
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Skin mycosis: how to treat
Mycosis of the feet is a common fungal disease characterized by high
contagiousness. In this case, the surface of the skin is affected. As a result
a large number of skin scales containing fungal spores appear on the legs.
When the scales peel off, they remain on the surfaces of objects, becoming
a source of further spread of mycosis.
Infection of the sole of the feet is rapidly transmitted from person to person through any
- floor mats
- basins, etc.
You can get infected with mycosis of the skin in a sauna, a bathhouse and even at home. On rare occasions
infection occurs after visiting massage and pedicure rooms. On the
the early stages of the disease can go unnoticed for a long time. Next comes
defeat of interdigital folds, itching and flaking appears. With absence
treatment of mycosis quickly covers the entire sole.
Fungal spores easily penetrate the skin through microcracks and wounds.
Once in favorable conditions, the fungus begins to multiply rapidly.The most
the first symptoms of mycosis are severe itching and an unpleasant odor. Aggravates
a situation of increased sweating feet and wearing too tight shoes.
Elderly people most often suffer from “dry” forms of the fungus. In adulthood
mycosis is often accompanied by the release of fluid. The causes of infection can be
In the absence of therapy, some forms of foot fungus without difficulty
spread throughout the body, causing severe intoxication. In some
cases for the treatment of infection requires hospitalization of the patient in a hospital.
Even if the skin mycosis disease occurs in
a person with mild or no symptoms, he still remains
source of infection. The asymptomatic course of the disease lasts for
several months and even years.
There are the following forms of mycosis of the sole:
– symptoms are completely absent. A person may be disturbed by a slight
redness of the skin and slight itching;
– the lesion of the skin is pronounced.Appears
intolerable itching and other symptoms;
– scales form on the skin and severe redness occurs;
– areas of weeping skin appear on the skin;
– accompanied by the appearance of plaques and ulcers;
– accompanied by damage to the nails. Plates get thick, change
color. In advanced cases, the nails are separated from the nail bed;
- dyshidrotic –
accompanied by the appearance of skin edema, weeping areas. Often
becomes chronic. It can worsen in the spring-autumn period.
Treatment of mycosis of the skin of the legs
Treatment of mycosis of the skin of the feet begins with a diagnosis. In the process
the therapy is attended by two specialists – a mycologist and a dermatologist. Staging
diagnosis includes the following steps:
a Wood lamp;
biomaterial for research;
general blood test;
- HIV testing.
After determining the cause of the infection, the specialist prescribes treatment.
Preparations for the treatment of mycosis
Prescribing drugs for the treatment of foot fungus is carried out by the treating
a doctor. For the treatment of mycosis, drugs of the following groups are used:
– this includes ointments that promote natural enhancement
skin resistance. For example, this group includes Lamisil;
– suppress the reproduction of pathogenic microflora.This group includes
Fluconazole and Terbinafine;
– contribute to an increase in the immune response. For such drugs you can
carry Triderm and Pimafukort;
– reduce itching, swelling, redness and other symptoms. The most
a common drug in this group is Suprastin;
- vitamin complexes –
contribute to the restoration of immunity, increase protective functions
the body, reduce symptoms.
Creams and ointments for the treatment of mycosis
If the fungus is at an early stage of development, deal with it
ointments and creams will help. It is necessary to use drugs of this group
regularly. Each remedy is selected individually and applied to the affected
area of the skin.
Ointments and creams used for the treatment of fungus are divided into two groups:
– the most affordable antifungal agents in the budget category. Effective against mold, yeast and yeast fungi. Also
have anti-inflammatory effect, help relieve swelling and
redness. Allylamine ointments and creams are intended for long-term
use. Quickly remove the signs of the disease;
- azole – preparations,
characterized by the highest content of active substances in the composition.
It is enough to use the product for a month. Help even in neglected
People’s advice for the treatment of mycosis
Folk recipes combined with modern medicine give a quick and
lasting result and relieve signs of illness, help relieve itching.Below
the most effective alternative therapy tips are presented:
- per night
Lubricate the feet affected by the fungus with propolis. Then apply to the treated
bandage area. In the morning, wash your skin well using tar
Pour tablespoons of chopped celandine herb with a liter of boiling water. Give
cool slightly infusion and dip your feet in it. Continue the bath until
until the product cools down significantly. Repeat the procedure each
a day until the symptoms go away;
Pour the raw chicken egg with vinegar and leave in the refrigerator until full
dissolving the shell.Then mix thoroughly and rub in
daily in the morning and evening in the affected nails;
- Add to a basin of warm water
a glass of wine vinegar. Stir the composition thoroughly and lower your feet into it.
Continue the session until the water has cooled down. The remedy suppresses
unpleasant odor from feet.
Mycosis is a serious disease that requires an integrated approach. When
If symptoms of foot fungus appear, it is important to seek help.
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90,000 Nail fungus – causes, symptoms and treatment
In medicine, nail fungus is officially called onychomycosis. This is a fungal disease that affects the nail plates on the fingers or toes. According to the WHO, this is a fairly common disease. It occurs in about 27% of people, and the pathology is diagnosed on the legs 2 times more often than on the hands. The problem of nail fungus is very delicate, since the unpleasant appearance of the affected plates makes the patient feel uncomfortable and hide them from others.
Symptoms and signs of nail fungus
Onychomycosis is very easy to recognize, since its signs on the nails cannot be overlooked. At first, the nail plates become dull and rough, losing their glossy shine. Then, instead of pink, the nail acquires a dirty yellow, whitish or gray color. Further, other characteristic symptoms of the fungus appear:
- increase in plate thickness;
- defects in the form of stripes, bends, irregularities and waves;
- delamination and crumbling of the plate;
- unpleasant odor from nails.
As a result, the nail completely collapses and even exfoliates, exposing the bed of the nail. The skin next to the plates turns red and causes severe itching.
Do you have symptoms of nail fungus?
Only a doctor can accurately diagnose the disease.
Do not delay the consultation – call by phone
+7 (495) 775-73-60
Causes of occurrence
The main reason for the development of fungal infections is the ingestion of a pathogen on the body or inside the human body.As a rule, these are microsporums, trichophytons and epidermophytos. These are the fungi that cause onychomycosis most often.
When ingested, such fungi are localized on keratinized derivatives of the skin, i.e. nails and hair. This is due to the nutrition of the parasites, for which they use the keratin fibrillar protein found in nails and hair.
Ways of infection
The risk of contracting fungus is especially high in humid public places. These are saunas, swimming pools, gyms, public baths, etc.Most common routes of infection:
- direct contact with an infected person. Here, the fungus gets from its habitat to healthy areas, thereby causing an infection;
- household way. In this case, infection occurs when using the patient’s personal belongings: shoes, personal hygiene items, etc.
The incidence of onychomycosis increases by the age of 60. At this time, the likelihood of developing such an infection is 60%, which is explained by a slowdown in metabolism, especially in the distal (distant) parts of the body, which are just the fingers and toes.
Other risk factors for the development of nail fungus include:
- diabetes mellitus;
- varicose veins;
- HIV and other conditions of immunodeficiency;
- long-term use of antibiotics;
- weakened immunity;
- vascular and skin diseases, dermatitis, diaper rash;
- disorders of blood supply to the limbs;
- insufficient hygiene.
90,019 injuries to nails and adjacent tissues;
In an uncomplicated course, the disease causes symptoms traditional for the fungus, causing only severe discomfort in a person. But without treatment, onychomycosis can cause complications. Most often, they manifest themselves in the addition of a bacterial infection.
Sometimes onychomycosis is very acute with the appearance of blisters, ulceration and weeping areas on the skin next to the nail. In severe cases, the disease takes on a generalized form. This means that the nail fungus spreads to internal organs and systems, and then the patient will already need emergency hospitalization.
When to see a doctor
Many who have come across onychomycosis know that the disease develops slowly and is treated with incredible difficulty. That is why it is very important to see a doctor when the first signs of the disease appear. A dermatologist is engaged in the treatment of nail onychomycosis in our clinic in the center of Moscow. The specialist will provide competent assistance and will guide you until complete recovery.
Preparing to visit a doctor
Before visiting a dermatologist, it is important not to treat the affected areas of the nails with anything, because.e. do not use medications, including iodine and brilliant green. It is also necessary to exclude the use of creams and ointments from the fungus. At the reception, it is worth taking all previously passed tests, including those for other diseases. Affected nails should not be cut for 3-4 days prior to consultation.
Diagnosis of nail fungus
First of all, the patient is sent for microscopy, which allows to identify the presence of the pathogen. In the future, it is necessary to determine its type in order to choose the correct treatment for toenail fungus.The JSC “Medicine” (the clinic of Academician Roitberg) in the center of Moscow practices the most modern and common methods for diagnosing onychomycosis:
- Cultural study of a biological sample of affected tissues. To do this, it is placed in an artificial nutrient medium, where the pathogen is grown in order to determine its type;
- polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method for detecting the DNA of the pathogen in a sample of affected tissues.
At an early stage of the disease, as a rule, local therapy is prescribed, which consists in the use of creams and ointments with antifungal effects.
Antiseptic solutions are also used as external remedies for nail fungus. In addition to effective remedies for nail onychomycosis, antihistamines and desensitizing drugs are prescribed, which relieve swelling, inflammation and sensitivity.
If the nail is completely affected by the fungus and drug treatment does not give positive results, then the plate is surgically removed. Also, with the total form of onychomycosis, antimycotic drugs are prescribed orally in the form of tablets, which have a systemic effect on the body.
Before using home remedies, you should consult your doctor. With his permission, you can use the following recipes:
- iodine. Before use, the feet must be steamed, washed with laundry soap, and then removed the affected areas of the nail plates. Next, treat the nails and skin between the fingers with iodine, soak them in a bath with a soda solution for 20-30 minutes and dry thoroughly;
- vinegar.Take 1 tbsp for 3 liters of water. apple cider vinegar and add a little potassium permanganate. Soak feet in the bath for 20-30 minutes, then dry thoroughly;
- hydrogen peroxide. After thoroughly steaming the legs, remove the affected areas of the nail plates. Put cotton pads moistened with hydrogen peroxide on them, wrap with a bandage and leave for half an hour.
Myths and dangerous misconceptions in the treatment of nail fungus
One of the most important and dangerous myths is that nail fungus is not considered a serious disease.In fact, onychomycosis, as it progresses, can lead to serious consequences, including deformation and complete rejection of the nails from the nail bed.
In addition, an infected person poses a daily danger to loved ones, because, being near him, they also risk getting sick. That is why it is important to know how to cure nail fungus in time.
To prevent the development of onychomycosis, it is necessary to exclude the negative impact on the body of risk factors:
- to treat systemic diseases in time;
- do not wear someone else’s shoes;
- in the pool and sauna to walk in shale;
- change socks daily and observe the rules of personal hygiene;
- Do not wear wet shoes – dry them thoroughly;
- Avoid direct contact with potential carriers of the fungus.
How to make an appointment with a dermatologist
To make an appointment with a dermatologist, use the online form on the website or contact us at the contact number +7 (495) 775-73-60. JSC “Medicine” (the clinic of Academician Roitberg) is located in the center of Moscow, not far from the metro stations Tverskaya, Belorusskaya, Chekhovskaya, Mayakovskaya and Novoslobodskaya. Experts work every day, so you can make an appointment for a consultation even on a weekend or holiday.
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There are many treatments for nail fungus: creams, varnishes, other forms of products, as well as special procedures.
Unfortunately, there is no quick fix to this problem. Even if you resort to the complete nail removal procedure, the fungus can remain on the nail bed and infect the growing nail. 13 This is why it is so important to get rid of the fungus completely.
To cure nail fungus requires the use of an antifungal agent, 1 which contains a special active substance that acts on the fungus.
How to get the most effective treatment
The medicinal properties of the external antifungal agent are much better when removing as much of the infected nail as possible.
- Trimming the infected nail and subsequent filing makes the nail plate thinner and helps to get rid of some of the fungus. As a result, when the external drug is applied, most of it can get into the depth of the nail. 13
Some medicines will dissolve the infected part of the nail, but the fungus may remain in the nail bed. Therefore, it is necessary to apply an antifungal agent until a completely healthy nail grows back. 13
Different types of drugs can have different effects
Antifungal varnishes have several advantages:
- provide deeper penetration of the drug into the nail tissue 14
- form a protective polymer film around the nail, which reduces the frequency and number of applications
- provide ease of use. 5
Why is it necessary to start treatment as soon as possible?
Nails grow rather slowly.Full regrowth of nails on the hands takes up to 6 months, on the legs – from 9 to 12 months. 15 Therefore, the duration of fungal treatment depends not only on the area of the lesion, but also on the rate of nail growth.
The earlier the treatment is started, the less the fungus will have time to spread, and the sooner the fungus can be cured.
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Many people face a fungal infection and usually there is nothing terrible in it, but it can be difficult to recover.
Infection in 30% of cases occurs from a family member with mycosis. Most often, the infection is transmitted through shared shoes: small skin scales, on which the fungus is located, fall into, say, slippers – and the person puts them on after the patient. Therefore, in stores, shoes are allowed to be measured only in stockings or socks.
At home, you can also get infected through other household items: rugs, towels, washcloths. With equal frequency, it is possible to pick up the fungus in public places: in saunas, showers, gyms, swimming pools and even on the beach.
Why is mycosis of the foot dangerous?
The danger of infection lurks in any place where people go barefoot. Fungal spores can withstand both high (up to 100 ° C) and low (up to minus 50-60 ° C) temperatures, and remain active for months in the beach sand.(It is not for nothing that they recommend walking there in slippers, and not barefoot!).
Those people who have broken the integrity of the skin, have cracks, ulcers, erosion are at risk. Patients suffering from impaired blood supply to the legs should also be especially clean and vigilant.
Varieties of mycosis of the feet
- The intertriginous form is the most typical, manifested by lesions of the skin of the interdigital folds: redness, cracks, maceration (softening, swelling) of the epidermis, peeling.It is accompanied by itching and burning. The dorsum of the foot, as a rule, remains unaffected, but hyperemia and peeling may be present on the sole. With this form of mycosis of the feet, the addition of a secondary (bacterial) infection often occurs.
- The squamous hyperkeratotic form is manifested by diffuse or focal thickening of the stratum corneum (hyperkeratosis) of the lateral and plantar surfaces of the feet, which bear the greatest load. Usually, the affected areas of the skin have a mild inflammatory color and are covered with small scaly or flour-like scales.The altered foot can be in the form of a “underfoot” or – a “moccasin type”. Peeling in the skin furrows creates an exaggerated pattern, which gives the skin a “powdered” look. Subjectively, dry skin, moderate itching, and sometimes soreness in the affected area are noted.
- Dyshidrotic form is characterized by the appearance of painful, itchy vesicular rashes, which merge with each other and form multi-chambered blisters. Subsequently, bubbles and bubbles break open with the formation of extensive erosion.In its clinical manifestations, this form of mycosis resembles foot eczema.
- With the erased form of mycosis of the feet, minimal clinical manifestations are observed in the form of mucous peeling and microcracks in the interdigital folds of the skin between the first and second and / or fourth and fifth toes. This form is rarely accompanied by subjective symptoms and often goes unnoticed for patients.
If you have unpleasant odors and itchy feet, see your doctor.
By following simple precautions, the risk of contracting a fungus can be significantly reduced.
- Do not go barefoot where there is a risk of infection. When using the shower in a hotel, hostel, swimming pool, or at work, be sure to wear rubber slippers.
- If you have injured your skin or nail, do not go to saunas and swimming pools until complete healing. If, nevertheless, there was contact with “doubtful” surfaces, after which itching appeared in the area of the wound, and redness increased, use Fungoterbin NEO.
- Never lend to someone and, of course, don’t put on other people’s slippers, stockings, socks. Do not use other people’s towels, pedicure and manicure tools.
- In the pedicure office, urge the foreman to wash hands and disinfect instruments after a previous client.
- Wash your feet twice a day (morning and evening). And after that, wipe them thoroughly, especially between your fingers. If you cannot dry the narrow interdigital spaces with a towel, use cotton swabs or even a hair dryer.For prevention, treat the interdigital area with talcum powder.
- Change your socks, stockings, tights daily. All such items must be cotton or other natural materials.
- Give preference to shoes made only of genuine leather or fabric. In addition, in no case should it be too narrow, let alone tight.
Treatment of mycoses of the feet
The earlier the treatment starts, the higher the probability of cure. When prescribing drugs, first of all, external antifungal agents are prescribed, which are applied directly to the affected skin.
Treatment of mycosis of the foot begins with the removal of keratinized tissue, removal of the restoration and suppression of the infection with antifungal agents (in some cases, antibacterial agents may be required). The use of combined external antifungal agents with a high urea content has a more pronounced therapeutic effect. Urea softens the stratum corneum and has a high dermatopenetrance (penetration into the skin), which allows you to create high concentrations of antifungal agent in the focus of fungal infection.
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90,000 Just about health: why are fungal diseases dangerous?
Various forms of mushrooms coexist with us.There are thousands of their varieties, they are divided into dangerous (pathogenic) and useful (saprophytic) for humans.
Fungi, like mammals, belong to the super kingdom of eukaryotes, that is, they resemble humans in structure, division and the mechanism of cell reproduction.
They are very hardy, easily adapt to changes in the environment, much better than bacteria.
How safe is this neighborhood for our body? Let’s look at the physiology of the body.
We and They
Microbes inhabit a person from the moment of his birth. Fungi enter the skin and mucous membranes of the newborn already when passing through the birth canal of the mother, as well as in the first hours of life – from the environment. They live on our skin, nails, mouth, intestines.
Mushrooms are independent living organisms. They can both cause disease and benefit our body.
Diseases caused by parasitic fungi are called mycoses.Many of them are contagious (infectious). The waste products of parasitic fungi are mycotoxins. They are toxic and can be life-threatening, some of which are carcinogenic.
Diseases that can be caused by pathogenic fungi include several groups:
- dermatomycosis (dermatophytes) – fungi that mainly cause skin lesions;
- onychomycosis (dermatophytes) affect the nail plates of the hands and feet;
- candida affecting mucous membranes and internal organs;
- microsporia (lichen), affects the skin and scalp.
The most common contagious fungal diseases include the interdigital fungus of the foot and nail plates.
There are two causes of fungal diseases:
- Excessive growth of its own microflora (conditionally pathogenic and pathogenic). Normally, it does not manifest itself in any way, but as soon as the immune status decreases, fungal diseases begin to appear.
- entry of hostile (pathogenic) microflora from the outside – through a handshake with an infected person, other people’s towels, clothes and shoes.Candida fungi can be sexually transmitted, microsporia spores from contact with infected animals.
How do we “feed” them
Fungal diseases rank second among all skin diseases. Why is fungus so widespread in the modern world, when there are so many different hygiene products?
According to the WHO, 1/5 of the population of the entire Earth suffers from fungal skin diseases, and 40% of mycoses are due to damage to the nail plates of the feet and hands.
There is a migration of people: people travel to countries with a humid hot climate (the most favorable environment for the reproduction of any kind of fungus), countries with different standards of living and social order.
Susceptibility to fungi is also affected by the uncontrolled use of antibiotics and antimicrobial drugs. This can cause the fungi to adapt and develop immunity against certain active substances in the preparations, which makes treatment difficult.
Mushrooms are good at adapting – there are cases when they begin to eat drugs that were created to combat them 15-20 years ago. The use of all kinds of fungicides as fertilizers in the fields also increases the resistance of fungi to treatment. Mushrooms mutate into more advanced forms.
Factors contributing to the occurrence of fungal diseases:
- Weakened immune system . This can happen as a result of past infectious diseases, various surgical interventions, as a result of stress, overwork, hypothermia, alcohol abuse and smoking.The immune system protects us from both external pathogenic fungi and internal opportunistic pathogens.
- Inappropriate nutrition. It weakens the body and reduces immunity, leads to obesity and metabolic disorders. Mushrooms feed on glucose and starch, which are their main food. Both high-calorie nutrition, poor in dietary fiber, and inadequate nutrition, which does not contain the required amount of protein, vitamins, trace elements and various fibers, are harmful. Fiber is the food for our healthy gut microflora, which protects and supports our immune system.
- Metabolic disorders. Is one of the leading factors in the development of fungal diseases. This is a violation of fat and carbohydrate metabolism (diabetes mellitus), a violation (hypo / hyper) of the function of the thyroid gland, a violation of the function of the ovaries (estrogen-dependent fungi). Therefore, women are always at risk. Iron deficiency anemia, vascular diseases, which lead to a deterioration in the blood supply to the skin, thereby impairing nutrition, metabolic processes in it, and reducing the protective functions of the skin.
- Functional disorders and conditions. Avitaminosis, stagnation of bile, gastritis, taking steroid drugs, oral contraceptives, dehydration – all this affects the vital activity of fungi.
- Violation of the barrier function of the skin and mucous membranes. Skin and mucous membranes are a barrier between the environment and the internal environment of the body. Even with minor damage, their structure is disturbed and an entrance gate is created for the entry of fungi from the outside or their own conditionally pathogenic saprophytic fungi, which are located on the skin and membranes.The active growth of fungi is also facilitated by the chemicals contained in products, cosmetics and medicines: chlorine, fluorine, mercury.
- High humidity and ambient temperature. For the development of a fungus, the most important thing is the environment! Without the necessary conditions, he dies. In humans, the temperature of the skin, head and extremities usually fluctuates between 25-30 ° C. This is the optimum temperature for the development of the fungus. But fungi also tolerate low temperatures well, survive well even after freezing.The fungus does not like an acidic environment, therefore, the pH of the skin is normally always slightly acidic.
- Age. Microsporia most often affects preschool and primary school children. In children, the stratum corneum (superficial) layer of the skin (epidermis) is very loose, the activity of the sebaceous glands is weaker, and the pH of the skin is neutral or slightly alkaline. All this makes baby skin very vulnerable to external infections and fungi, so personal hygiene is very important.
- Presence of the fungus itself. Clean healthy skin has a protective function, the cells of its upper layer are constantly renewed.Therefore, even if fungi get on clean healthy skin, they do not take root on it – in a day or two they will be removed along with dead cells and secretions of the sebaceous and sweat glands.
In order for a disease to occur, several of the above factors must be present.
Why are fungal diseases so dangerous?
The fungus always feeds on what it has landed on, destroys what it parasitizes – skin, nails, hair, internal organs.
Alien mushrooms create their own habitat, adjusting the human body for themselves.At the same time, healthy microflora is suppressed, mycotoxins are released. The body becomes easily accessible to foreign bacteria and viruses, creating a favorable environment for oncological diseases.
How to understand that the fungus has “caught”?
The first symptom will be itching and flaking, especially for the feet and interdigital septa. It is important not to comb these areas with bare hands. Wear gloves on your hands or use a cloth to discard. Otherwise, the fungus will transfer to the nail plates of the hands.
Fungi damage nerve fibers, so wherever fungi parasitize, there will be itching, but not pain.
There are a number of fungi that cannot be infected, but harm from their vital activity and the toxins released by them leads to serious diseases, including cancer.
Such mushrooms live on walls under wallpaper, in flower pots, home, office and car air conditioners. By inhaling air infected by these fungi or poisoned by their waste products, we infect ourselves.
Where can danger lie in wait for us?
Mushrooms love a humid and warm environment. Therefore, people who wear tight shoes, synthetic clothes for a long time, lead a sedentary lifestyle, fall into the risk zone. These are office workers, athletes, people of specific professions.
Always have spare socks with you and change them as your feet sweat. In the evening, be sure to dry your shoes and treat them inside with disinfectants.
You should never walk in hotels barefoot on carpets and carpets, even if it is a 5-star hotel.There is no guarantee that the carpet will be dry cleaned after each guest.
Mushrooms thrive on unpainted wooden surfaces – chambers in saunas and steam rooms. Therefore, visiting such establishments should be exclusively in rubber shoes and with a towel or sheet.
When a person has a foot fungus, special care must be taken to wear underwear so as not to transfer the fungus to new areas of the skin, such as the groin area. Therefore, it is always best to first isolate your feet by wearing socks, wash your hands with soap and water, and then put on your underwear.
Never try on shoes in a store on bare feet. Use footsteps or socks. If there is no disposable footprint, then when you come home, you need to wash your socks, and treat your shoes with a disinfectant inside.
Never stand with bare feet on the rugs in the fitting room. It is not known how many sore legs have already stood on it before you! When planning your shopping, take napkins with you to lay under your feet.
If you have to try on clothes on your naked body in a store, be sure to take a shower at home.On hot days, when people experience increased sweating, skin scales affected by spores migrate to clothing, from it to the skin.
Never use someone else’s slippers at a party, no matter how well you treat the owners. Wear shoes, if allowed, or socks, but the best option is to bring your own slippers.
In manicure and pedicure salons, make sure that all instruments are sterilized and that kraft bags are opened in front of you. Particular attention should be paid to the treatment of brushes for brushing off nail dust and nail files during hardware manicure.Or come with your own instrument.
How contagious are fungal diseases?
One must always be on the alert with them. It is important to remember that if a person has a foot fungus and he walks barefoot at home, then fungal spores in dead scales can persist for up to one and a half years, especially in carpets!
Clothes affected by the fungus must be washed at a temperature of at least 60 degrees and above, since at a temperature of 40 degrees in an aqueous (humid) environment, the fungus multiplies safely, affecting all linen.
But if there is a person in the family suffering from a fungal disease, this does not mean that everyone can get sick. Much depends on the state of your immune system. The only exception is microsporia. She is highly contagious and the whole family is involved in the treatment.
Are mycoses curable?
In the treatment of mycoses, an integrated approach is always used: taking antimicrobial drugs, topical application of ointments, gels, varnishes on the affected surfaces.
The earlier a person asks for help, the more successful the treatment will be.Any treatment plan is always accompanied by an antimycotic diet, which excludes all sweet, flour, fried, fatty, carbonated, foods containing yeast and mushrooms, at least at the time of exacerbation.
Depending on the nature of the fungus and the stage of development of the process, treatment can last from several weeks to several years.
The diagnosis is made on the basis of a microbiological examination, scraping is done and sent to the laboratory, the differentiation of the diagnosis is done using a Voodoo lamp (areas of the skin are highlighted in the dark).
If the patient cannot recover for a sufficiently long time, then it is worth looking for foci of latent chronic inflammatory infections – they reduce the general immunity of the body, and he does not have reserve forces to defeat the fungus.
Be on the lookout!
In case of any change in skin color, skin surface, local itching, immediately contact a dermatovenerologist.
Prevention measures are vigilance with regard to personal space, personal hygiene and maintenance of general health, because the body does not have immunity against the fungus and, once cured, you can get sick again.
Avoid contact with the fungus, if possible, strengthen your immunity by physical activity and tempering, eat properly and fully. Our immune macrophage cells need complete proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.
Human health depends on a delicate balance between microorganisms that are friendly to us and microorganisms that can harm us. Create conditions for the growth of your healthy microflora, support it and remember – the one you feed the best wins.
Foot fungus: photos, symptoms, treatment
Foot fungus is a widespread skin disease provoked by the multiplication of pathogenic spores in the surface layers of the epidermis. Previously, it was believed that the disease does not pose a particular threat to health. Let’s find out if this is so? We will also consider the symptoms and treatment of foot fungus, a photo of which can be seen in the publication.
Causes of the development of the disease
What factors cause foot fungus, symptoms, treatment and photos of which are discussed in our article? Among the main reasons are the following:
- Visiting public places such as baths and saunas, swimming pools, gyms.
- Infection from a sick person when using his personal belongings.
- Decreased immunity, in which the body cannot resist the reproduction of pathogenic fungal spores in the tissues.
- Disregard of generally accepted rules of personal hygiene.
- Unauthorized administration of pharmacological preparations without the permission of a doctor.
- Traumatic effects on the skin in the foot area, which open the way for infection to the body.
0 Forms of the disease
Dermatologists distinguish several forms in which the disease can develop:
- Scaly – there is severe skin irritation, redness, and peeling.As a rule, these phenomena are accompanied by itching. However, not in all cases.
- Interdigital is one of the most common forms of foot fungus. It can develop as an independent disease or be a consequence of the progress of the previous type of infection. With this course of the disease, pathogenic microorganisms parasitize on the skin between the toes. Symptoms of a foot fungus in this form are severe itching and the formation of numerous cracks in the structure of the epidermis.
- Inflammatory – a form of fungus in which the infected skin becomes covered with an abundance of papules several millimeters in size. Over time, painful ulcers form in their place.
- Plantar – a symptom of a foot fungus in this form is the formation of foci of redness, the edges of which are strewn with small papules. Such areas gradually acquire a dense structure. The hard-to-touch leather covers the entire foot, forming the so-called “shoe”.
- Onychomycosis – with the development of pathogenic spores, the nail plates suffer.A symptom of a foot fungus, a photo of which can be seen in the article, is the fragility of keratinized tissues, a change in their shade. Subsequently, the nail begins to collapse, open wounds form under it.
Why is foot fungus dangerous?
Lack of timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment in case of infection of extremities with pathogenic spores is fraught with serious health consequences. First of all, the vital activity of mycotic organisms leads to tissue poisoning with all kinds of toxins.The result is an increased risk of developing other diseases. If a person refuses treatment for a long time, fungal spores become less susceptible to the action of active substances in the composition of pharmacological preparations.
Over time, the problem becomes extremely pronounced. Numerous wounds and ulcers form on the skin. The latter can develop into dermatoses, psoriasis. Through damage on the surface of the epidermis, pathogens enter the body.
The presence of a fungus of the foot in a neglected state can lead to the appearance of 0 plantar warts.Such neoplasms quickly increase in size, which leads to discomfort during movement.
So we examined the symptoms of foot fungus with a photo. Now let’s find out how a disease is identified. An accurate diagnosis can be made by an experienced dermatologist already by visual examination of the skin on the patient’s legs. Typical complaints of a person also allow to confirm the assumption.
If necessary, skin samples can be taken for examination.This decision makes it possible to determine the specific nature of the causative agent of the fungal infection and choose the most effective course of treatment.
In order not to have to carry out the treatment of foot fungus, it is worth adhering to a few simple rules:
- Observe hygiene, in particular, regularly wash your feet and change socks.
- Use only personal towels and room slippers.
- When visiting public baths, saunas, swimming pools, showers, do not go without shoes.
- Disinfect instruments thoroughly before performing cosmetic procedures.
- Make sure your feet don’t sweat as much.
- Dry wet shoes, periodically treat the insoles with disinfectants.
One of the best options for treating foot fungus is the use of Lamisil. The drug contains an abundance of active substances that have a destructive effect on the protein structures of pathogenic spores.The medicine will help get rid of the fungus in an advanced form, eliminate the infection between the toes, and protect the nails from mycosis.
The drug “Lamisil” is produced in the following forms:
How to use the remedy to relieve symptoms and treat fungus of the foot? If pills are preferred, adults take the drug 2 times a day. The course of therapy should be at least 14 days. Children are shown a reduced dosage in the amount of one tablet per day.
The use of a drug in the form of a cream and a spray involves the application of such formulations directly to the areas affected by the fungus. The product is rubbed into the skin 2 times a day. Treatment continues until the symptoms of the disease disappear. This usually takes several weeks.
Bifosin is another highly effective drug. Treatment of foot fungus with the help of the product allows you to eliminate the infection in a short time, as well as get rid of excessive sweating of the feet and an unpleasant odor.
How to use the medicine correctly? In this case, proceed as follows. The feet are washed and disinfected. The skin is wiped dry, after which it is treated with an impressive amount of ointment. The surfaces are covered with a clean cotton cloth or bandage. The procedure is performed before bedtime.
Remove the compress in the morning. The skin is washed in warm water and soap. The areas affected by the fungus are again treated with Bifosin cream. The positive effect of such treatment is observed already after the passage of a week.
The product belongs to the category of the most inexpensive drugs. Treatment of foot fungus in this case occurs due to the effect on the infection with active ingredients of a number of natural ingredients. These are castor oil, birch tar, xeroform.
The product is used to treat mycosis on the heels, palms, nails and other parts of the body. Thanks to natural ingredients, it can be used to eliminate skin diseases during pregnancy and lactation.It is worth noting that the product has a pronounced irritant effect on the skin. Therefore, during use, it can cause discomfort in the form of a rather tangible burning sensation.
Fungus of the foot and nails can be cured by using the drug “Pimafucort”. The active substances in the composition of the drug have a destructive effect on the protein structures of organisms of mycotic nature. The product is produced in the form of a cream and suspension. There are also pills.However, the latter are prescribed for fungal infection of the intestine.
How to treat foot fungus with Pimafukort? The affected areas are treated with the medicine several times a day. In order to completely eliminate the infection and prevent relapse of the disease, the drug is used daily for a month.
The components of the preparation are active against pathogenic fungi of the genus Trichophyton and Candida, which cause infections of the feet. The use of the drug makes it possible not only to eliminate the main problem, but also prevents the development of inflammatory processes.
How is the treatment of foot fungus, the photo of which is presented in the article? Exoderil cream is applied to clean, previously disinfected skin. The feet are treated with the composition 2-3 times a day. To completely eliminate the infection, the medicine is used for two months. If the fungus also develops in parallel on the nails, therapy may be delayed for a while.
Effective treatment of foot fungus is possible thanks to the use of a broad-spectrum antiseptic called Miramistin.A suitable remedy for the elimination of superficial mycoses, which have not yet had time to go into a neglected form. The medicine is a disinfectant solution designed to treat skin affected by mycoses.
The active substances in the preparation have a rather aggressive effect on the epidermis. For this reason, the use of the remedy is not recommended for the treatment of fungus in babies under the age of 3 years. After application to the skin, the effect of an increase in temperature and a slight burning sensation is felt.
Tar soap will help cure foot fungus at home. The tool perfectly fights the spread of pathogenic microorganisms and prevents the development of inflammatory processes. This effect is due to the presence of birch tar in the composition.
How to eliminate foot fungus, the photo of which can be seen in the publication? It is enough to periodically treat infected areas with soapy foam. In this state, the skin is left for 5 minutes. Then the product is washed off under running water.To achieve the maximum effect, the feet are lubricated with a cream containing zinc. To completely destroy the fungal infection, this treatment is resorted to for 2 weeks.
Salt and soda
To slow down the vital activity of fungal spores, as well as to remove the sensation of itching, treatment of the feet with a mixture of salt and soda allows. To prepare such a kind of scrub, take several tablespoons of these substances. The latter are combined with essential oil of tea tree or wormwood.The resulting composition is rubbed into the skin on the feet, between the toes.
To improve overall well-being in case of foot fungus, as well as to remove the sensation of severe itching, it is enough to use such a simple and affordable remedy as sour cream. The product contains lactic acid. The effect of the substance on the mycelium of pathogenic fungi leads to the coagulation of their protein structure.
How to use the product? Sour cream is simply spread on the previously cleansed skin of the feet.Then they wait until the substance is completely absorbed. Alternatively, you can make a compress. To do this, put on socks or plastic bags on your feet. This method turns out to be extremely effective if the development of the fungus has led to the formation of cracks in the feet.
Treatment of foot fungus using a substance provides several solutions:
- Take half a liter of 9% table vinegar. The composition is heated to a temperature of 35-40 about C.The liquid is poured into a deep basin and the feet are immersed here. It is advisable not to completely dip your feet in the vinegar. The substance should only cover the areas infected with the fungus. At the end of the procedure, the skin is not rinsed. Instead, the feet are treated with wine vinegar and socks are put on the feet.
- Apple cider vinegar and iodine are mixed in identical proportions. The tool is used to treat skin infected with a fungus twice a day. The treatment is continued until the traces of infection are eliminated and a new, healthy layer of the epidermis grows.
- Apple cider vinegar and vegetable oil are combined in equal amounts. The composition is impregnated with cotton swabs, which are applied to the areas affected by the fungus. The compress is strengthened with a bandage or plaster.
How else to cure a foot fungus, a photo of which is presented in the publication? When the first signs of infection appear, you should use potassium permanganate baths. Half a teaspoon of the substance is dissolved in 5-6 liters of warm water.Here add about 30 grams of shavings of laundry soap, as well as about 25 grams of soda. The contents are poured into a deep basin. Legs are lowered here and held for 20-30 minutes. In order to get rid of the foot fungus, the procedure is recommended to be performed daily, shortly before going to bed.
Oddly enough, you can cope with the problem thanks to the use of ordinary coffee. For this purpose, a strong drink is steamed. The liquid is poured into a basin and the feet are immersed in it.The procedure is performed before bedtime. After a week has passed, the fungus will gradually begin to disappear. Moreover, the skin will stop itching painfully and restore a smooth and even structure.
The agent is used to treat foot fungus in the form of baths. About four tablespoons of dry collection of plants are poured over with a liter of boiled water. The resulting composition is heated over low heat for 3-5 minutes. The liquid is removed from the stove and cooled to a temperature that will not burn the skin.Legs are lowered into the solution for 20-30 minutes. The procedure is repeated daily for 3 weeks.
Healing infusion of medicinal herbs
In order to combat fungal infection, you can prepare an infusion of chamomile, burdock and wormwood. To do this, take several spoons of dry collection of plants. The mixture is poured with boiling water, tightly covered with a lid, and then wait until the liquid cools down. The composition is poured into a basin and legs are lowered here.