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Athlete's Foot: Prevention

 

o you know what’s the very best way to treat athlete’s foot?  By preventing its appearance in the first place!  If this sounds old fashioned, so be it.  But there are several tricks and tips 

 your feet from becoming the next breeding ground for tenia pedis.

First, the fungus needs a damp place to grow.  Take the dampness away from it and it just can’t flourish.  So you’ll want to keep your feet as dry as possible.  Once you’ve dried your feet as much as you possibly can following a bath or a shower, you still may want to take an added precaution. This you can do by applying a medicated powder in your shoes and socks on a regular basis.

Speaking of socks, you’ll want to make sure the ones you’re wearing are absorbent to soak up any of the sweat from your feet.  Ideally, you should try to wear cotton socks.  When you’re done wearing them, you’ll also want to wash them in hot water.  Be sure to bleach them too.

Your shoes should be well ventilated.  If you wore them and find they are damp, don’t wear that pair again until their dry.

If you don’t like shoes and would rather go barefoot, try to suppress that desire.  But you could compromise.  Wear open-toed sandals.  They’ll help you prevent athlete’s foot by allowing enough air around your feet that they’ll dry quickly.

Have you ever thought about using your antiperspirant on your feet?  Well, perhaps you should consider it.  This may prove to be especially crucial if you’re prone to developing athlete’s foot.  It’s an effective way to control the sweating that may cause this fungus to grow.

Let your shoes air out at night.  In fact, if at all possible, don’t wear the same pair of shoes daily.  This is the perfect way to allow one pay to air out while you’re using the other.

Some individuals apply an antifungal lotion to their feet after they dry them following a bath or shower. They then follow this with the application of an antifungal foot powder.  There are any number of good ones on the market today.  You can might have to try several out to see which one works best for you.  You wan to make sure the one you choose doesn’t contain any cornstarch.  Cornstarch encourages fungal growth.

 

 

 



Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.

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