What is Tinea Pedis?
What is tinea pedis? It is the proper Latin name for athlete's foot, and it is a fungal infection that is quite contagious. It can be easily contracted by simply walking through a moist or wet area with no shoes on your feet.
This is a condition that can be long suffering or it can be treated and eradicated, it just depends on how susceptible you are to it. This fungal infection can occur on the feet, more specifically between your toes, or on the heels. It can also occur on your hands, on the palms of the hands or between your fingers, and since it is extremely itchy, it can be very annoying in these areas where it is difficult to scratch.
What can you do to prevent athlete's foot? You can ensure that your feet are dry at all times, and if you must walk in a public shower or pool area, make certain that you have proper shoes on. Another possible way of contracting this infection is through a shoe store. You probably never considered this, but when you try on shoes, if you have no socks on, the shoe store will provide you with one or a stocking, and you have no way of knowing who wore that particular item last. If you plan to try on shoes, wear the proper sock or stocking or bring your own along.
How do you know if you have athlete's foot? First of all, your skin is going to be extremely itchy. You may have pain that feels like a sting or a burn and in more extreme fungal infections, you may have blisters that are oozing. This infection can also spread to your nails, making them yellow, thicken or disintegrate.
Some people tend to be susceptible to this kind of infection, while others may never have to deal with it in their lifetime. It certainly depends a lot upon what you do each day, what kinds of places you frequent and what kind of activities you do that involve bare feet. If you believe that you have this fungal infection, there are many kinds of over the counter treatment available that are relatively low cost and also very effective.
Tinea pedis can be a very uncomfortable condition, that can spread easily and infect your nails. It is important to treat this condition as quickly as possible to prevent that possibility. If you tend to be very susceptible to this fungal infection, you may be interested in seeking out a treatment that has no long term serious effects on you, such as the more extreme prescription medications.