Treat athlete's foot: This is how athlete's foot goes away again
Fungal foot spores are widespread and transmission is rapid. Usually, the disease is only noticed when the athlete's foot has already been able to settle in nicely. Athlete's foot is highly contagious, with about 20% of the Swiss population contracting athlete's foot at some point.
How does athlete's foot become noticeable?
Usually there is a sudden itch between the toes. The skin may also change. If you have athlete's foot, the skin may become red, scaly or even slightly detached. There may also be weeping blisters, mainly between the toes, and these blisters are usually also associated with itching.
Why do you get athlete's foot?
As with all fungi, transmission takes place via spores. Spores are dry forms of survival that lurk almost everywhere. Well-known places where fungal spores wait for new carriers are, for example, in indoor or outdoor swimming pools, in the shower or even on the carpet. Athlete's foot then develops when we come into contact with these spores and they can develop on the warm, moist climate of the skin.
Why does it affect certain people more than others?
For example, people with a weakened immune system are more susceptible to fungal infections. If there is no underlying disease (such as diabetes or HIV), athlete's foot can be an indication of a weakened immune system, just like regular cold sores. However, wearing closed shoes, for example, which favours a warm and humid climate, can also promote an infestation of athlete's foot.
Stages of athlete's foot
People usually contact a specialist when it starts to itch between the toes and the skin changes. This is the first stage of athlete's foot. As the infection progresses, the skin between the toes loosens and in an advanced stage, smaller pieces of skin may be detached. Later, the skin dries out and begins to flake. Athlete's foot can also spread towards the toenails and promote the growth of a nail fungus.
In addition to the classic creams against athlete's foot, it is also worth buying the appropriate laundry detergents and shoe sprays, as these can be used to treat the socks and shoes as well. These additional measures are important to avoid re-infecting yourself with the spores of the fungi.
Athlete's foot is highly contagious
Athlete's foot spores can be transmitted very quickly. The transmission of infected skin flakes happens quickly. If a healthy person comes into contact with these fungal spores, athlete's foot can develop on that part of the skin.
Is a fungal infection dangerous?
No. Fungal infections are not dangerous if they are treated quickly and consistently. However, if a fungal infection is left to run its course untreated, the small skin lesions are an easy entry point for viruses and bacteria. These in turn can become dangerous for the human organism.
Preventing athlete's foot
The best way to prevent athlete's foot is to take appropriate, but by no means excessive, hygiene measures.
Fungal spores particularly like a damp, warm climate. If you are in a closed shoe for a longer period of time, moisture and heat will inevitably develop. This should be avoided as much as possible.
Fresh soles are made of breathable fleece and help to absorb moisture and odours.
Nail fungus is an unpleasant and usually also a persistent matter. Who once has a nail fungus needs much patience to get rid of it.
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