Fungal infections in the foot can occur in both the nail & the skin. The latter is known as Tinea Pedis or Athletes Foot, while infections of the nail are called Onychomycosis. These represent some of the most common skin infections.
As we age the body’s natural infection fighting capabilities greatly diminish. Fungal infections in their own right pose little consequence to the body, apart from aesthetically. It is the secondary complications that concern podiatrists. Chronic fungal infections predispose the client to more serious bacterial infections most commonly with Diabetics.
Main contributing factors
The most common means by which clients contract a fungal infection is via:
- Other humans
- Animals i.e. Puppies and Kittens
A few factors can predispose a person to contracting a fungal infection
- Walking barefoot around the home.
- Hot, humid, dark environments i.e., closed in shoe wear.
- Excessive foot perspiration.
Treatment for Fungal Infections
- Antifungal medications specific for Tinea Pedis or Onychomycosis.
- Tea tree oil may also be useful.
What can you do?
- Wash your feet and hosiery daily.
- To prevent other members of the house getting infected wear thongs in the shower.
- Dry the area between toes with 50% diluted methylated spirits on a daily basis. If you cannot reach your feet use a spray bottle with the above concentration.
- Dry the area with your own personal towel.
- Apply medicines to the affected area at least 2 months after visible signs of infection disappear.
- It is critical that all areas of identified tinea are treated to prevent cross infection.
- Try to rotate your shoes, so that you are not wearing the same shoes for two days in a row.
- Wear cotton socks & leather shoes as these allow the feet to breathe.