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Fact Sheet Number 1 : Athletes Foot


Athletes foot is a common foot infection and 7 out of 10 people can suffer with it at some point in their life. It is very contagious, but can be easily treated. It normally starts between the fourth and fifth toes. The skin between the toes can become white, moist and then split, quite often becoming itchy.

It thrives in warm moist conditions and therefore can be transmitted in areas such as swimming changing/shower rooms, even sharing contaminated objects such as towels and bed sheets.

To help prevent Athletes foot occurring always dry your feet thoroughly, especially in between your toes. Wear clean cotton socks every day and allow your feet to breathe by taking off your shoes at home. Wear flip-flop type footwear in swimming changing/shower areas.

Treatment is available in various forms, usually external use products such as powder sprinklers, pump sprays and creams obtainable over the counter from the chemist. Carefully read and follow the instructions on any medication that you purchase without prescription. If unsure about which treatment to use ask the Pharmacist for a recommendation. Especially applicable to those of you suffering from diabetes.

Consult your GP if…

• Symptoms persist after following the recommended treatment

• Foot is red, hot and painful (could be a more serious infection)

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Richard Bailey