Athlete’s foot is a fungal foot infection that is itchy, scaly, smelly and uncomfortable. …read moreSee less
It usually starts between your toes before spreading to the sides and sole of your foot in the form of flaky and cracked white skin. But don’t fret over your feet - we have a huge range of creams and sprays by popular brands like Daktarin and Scholl that can relieve your discomfort while treating the infection.
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What is athlete's foot?
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that affects your feet.
It’s part of a type of fungal infections known as tinea, and its medical name is tinea pedis.
Athlete’s foot usually harmless and can be treated easily with remedies from your pharmacy that can help it to clear up pretty quickly.
How can you treat athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot can be easily treated with antifungal creams, powders or sprays.
It isn’t a pleasant infection, as it can make your feet feel itchy, red, and sore while also causing an unpleasant cheesy smell that can cause embarrassment when it’s time to take off your shoes.
One of the most popular ways to treat athlete’s foot is to use antifungal creams, which contain ingredients like clotrimazole, miconazole and bifonazole, which can all help to combat foot fungus and treat your infection at its source.
How do you prevent athlete’s foot?
Despite the name, anyone can get athlete’s foot - not just athletes.
To prevent yourself from getting athlete’s foot, wear protective footwear like shower shoes or flip-flops when walking around a pool, gym, public shower, or locker areas as the fungus which causes athlete’s foot may be on the floor.
It’s important to keep your feet dry as the fungus is attracted to damp, warm areas like sweaty shoes - you may wish to alternate shoes each day to give them time to air and dry properly.
What is the best way to care for your feet?
You wouldn’t go a week without showering, so we shouldn’t go a week without checking the health of our feet - they work hard carrying us around all day, after all!
Make sure that there aren’t any sores, cuts, swelling or infections, like athlete’s foot or a fungal nail.
Clean them thoroughly when you shower or bathe, but be careful not to dry them out.
Afterwards, lather them in moisturising lotion and trim your toenails if needed, as it can be painful if they get too long and become ingrown.
Finally, always pick comfortable, supportive shoes if you’re on your feet all day.