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A Guide to Fungal Infections and Athlete’s Foot

Fungal Infections of the skin and nails are found commonly in people who frequent places that are warm and moist. Athlete’s foot which is also known as Tinea Pedis is a Fungal Infection of the skin and Onychomycosis is also known as a fungal nail infection.

How do they form?

Infection usually occurs when there is an overgrowth of fungus in the skin/nail or when people come into contact with an infected surface or environment.

Who do they affect?
  • Anyone of any age can suffer from Athlete’s foot
  • Immunosuppressed people are at a greater risk
  • There is also an increased risk following a nail injury
  • Affects anyone who comes into contact with an infected surface or environment
  • Commonly affects people who go to the gym, swimming pools and sports locker rooms
  • Increased risk in people who sweat a lot
What are the symptoms of a fungal nail infection?
  • The nail starts looking yellow which streaks of white and brown.
  • The nail appears chalky in some places
  • The nail separates from the skin under the nail
  • The affected area becomes brittle and breaks easily
Symptoms of the Athlete’s Foot/Tinea pedis infection?
  • Infection in the skin between the toes or across the foot, under the arches and around the heels
  • People may present with itching, cracking and scaling between the toes, and/or around the foot
  • Peeling of the whole foot accompanied by redness
What are the treatments offered at Randell’s Footcare 
  • We can diagnose the type of infection, this can be made through visual examination and assessing the history of how it started. When appropriate we may send a sample to the lab for identification through a PCR test to confirm diagnosis. The skin can also be tested using a swab sample
  • We can reduce the nails to near-normal thickness
  • We may also provide topical medication in the form of drops/oil/cream/sprays
  • Advise oral antifungal medication from the GP if necessary
  • Advise on footwear, socks and bathing
Ways to prevent Fungal skin infections
  • Wear shoes like flip-flops when walking around public areas like swimming pools, gyms and sports locker rooms as protection
  • Wash your feet every day and make sure that you dry them properly, not forgetting in between your toes
  • Wear clean socks and shoes every day
  • Let your washed socks and shoes air dry outside in the sun
  • Do not share personal items like socks and shoes
Ways to prevent Fungal nail Infections 
  • Do not walk barefoot in public spaces
  • Keep your nails short and clean
  • Do not share nail nippers with other people and also make sure to clean them after and before use
  • Stop wearing tight shoes

Are you concerned about nail infections or athletes’ foot? Contact us today to seek our expert Podiatrist care.

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