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 Health Hint #46
Wipe Out Athlete's Foot
 
 
Excerpted from "A Year of Health Hints"
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It smells bad. It's itchy. It's persistent. It's contagious. And it attacks the skin between the toes (usually the third and fourth). The name of this odious creature? Fungus of the foot, better known as athlete's foot.

People usually contract athlete's foot from walking barefoot over wet floors around swimming pools, locker rooms, and public showers that are contaminated with the fungus, which feasts on moisture.

If you get athlete's foot:
Wash your feet twice a day, especially between your toes, and dry the area thoroughly.
Apply an over-the-counter antifungal powder or spray between your toes and to the inside
of your socks and shoes.
Wear clean socks made of cotton or wool. (Natural fibers absorb moisture.)
Wear shoes that provide some ventilation, like sandals or canvas loafers, whenever you can.
Alternate shoes daily to allow each pair to air out between wearings.

If this regimen doesn't work, you may need a prescription medication from your doctor or a podiatrist.

Note: People with diabetes need to monitor athlete's foot very carefully for possible bacterial infection and must get medical advice promptly if a problem arises. Diabetics' feet and nails need special care.

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