How to treat foot fungus
Beauty isn’t all pastel and glitters and finding the perfect red lipstick all the time. Sometimes the quest for beauty perfection can be a little…unsexy.
Case in point: foot fungus. There’s no sugarcoating it – it doesn’t look the best, it’s irritating, and it can be painful. But that’s exactly why it needs to be dealt with. And stat.
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What is foot fungus?
Also known as athlete’s foot (or ringworm of the foot and tinea pedis), a foot fungus is a fungal infection of the skin the causes scaling, flaking and itching.
Do I have foot fungus?
Symptoms of foot fungus include (as mentioned) scaling, flaking, and itching on your feet. You may also experience blisters and cracked skin, which may lead to pain, swelling, and inflammation.
How did I get foot fungus?
Foot fungal infections are usually transmitted in moist areas where people walk barefoot – think the shower at the gym or the public pool. Once the fungus has been transmitted, it’ll incubate once your foot is in a warm, moist environment (like your shoe).
Is foot fungus different to toenail fungus?
Yes, toenail fungus is a disease of the toenail where the infection causes nails to become discoloured, brittle, ragged, and distorted. Sometimes the infection can cause odours and the nail to separate from the nail bed.
How do I treat foot fungus?
Topical treatments – like creams, lotions, powders, gels and sprays – can help reduce the symptoms and relieve the irritation of a foot fungus. It can take up to four weeks for the fungus to be completely eliminated, even though the itching may stop. So don’t be fooled when you notice that pesky itch is gone, the fungus may still be there and you should persist with treatment.
Anti-itch creams seem like a good idea, but they aren’t always the best way to go. Although they can help relieve itching, they can actually increase the moisture in the skin on your feet and encourage the fungus to grow.
Best treatments for foot fungus:
(1) Scholl Eulactol Antifungal Spray
(2) Derma E Tea Tree and E Antiseptic Crème
(3) Botani Phytoseptic
(4) Resolve Plus 0.5, $8.69, pharmacies nationally
(5) Dettol Antiseptic Cream
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