Athletes aren’t the only ones who can get athlete’s foot. In the summer, many people who work and play outside may be providing the perfect conditions for the itchy, red rash to infect their feet.
“With increasing temperatures and humidity during the summer months, athlete’s foot becomes more commonly diagnosed in our office,” says Dr. Smith.
He explains athlete’s foot likes to settle on people who go barefoot, then wear tight, non-breathable shoes. The person picks up athlete’s foot while barefoot; the hot, humid conditions of closed shoes allow the fungus to thrive.
This fungus thrives in warm, moist conditions, but it can survive on dry or wet surfaces. The fungal infection can spread quite easily from one person to another by way of floors at the gym, sauna, and swimming pool. However, it can also spread via dry floors, linens, and person-to-person contact.
Here’s a routine to help you avoid athlete’s foot:
- Wash & dry your feet thoroughly
- Change socks & footwear regularly when feet perspire
- Wear breathable materials, such as cotton, mesh, & leather
- Avoid tight, synthetic shoes & socks
- Always wear shoes — flip-flops are ideal for communal showers
- Clean bathroom floors, mats and tub surfaces regularly
“It is important to remember this can spread to other parts of the foot, soles, nails, between the toes, and to other parts of the body,” Dr. Smith says.
So if you think you have contracted athlete’s foot, don’t scratch! Call Dr. Smith’s office about remedies or a possible visit to his office.