If you have ever had to deal with athlete’s foot, you would have have likely wondered how the treatment you put on your foot worked. Once you begin treatment, the discomfort and other symptoms disappear quickly. This may seem like a miracle, but it is simply science.
Understanding athlete’s foot will help you understand how treatments work. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that feeds on the feet’s skin. There are two main fungi that lead to this infection.
The first is known as Trichophyton mentagrophytes which causes blisters. The other is Trichophyton rubrum and typically affects the bottom and edges of the feet. The latter can be extremely difficult to eliminate and is a source of distress.
Athlete’s foot develops when a person comes in contact with the fungi. To prevent this, you should not share shoes or socks with others. Wear shower sandals at public facilities and keep your feet dry and clean whenever possible. Most people come in contact with the fungi but it does not develop into an infection because it needs a warm and moist environment to take hold.
But if you are already infected, you can use medications that can be bought over the counter at your local drug store. These include clotrimazole, tolnaftate, terbinafine and miconazole. These are medical names that can be found in a number of medicine brands.
These kill the fungus at the source. They can come in liquid, gel or powder form. Regardless of your preference, you just need to follow the manufacturer’s directions to ensure the fungi clears up as quickly as possible. Depending on the severity, it may take one to six weeks to fully eliminate the fungus. Even if the symptoms subside that you should continue with the medication. Again, be sure to follow the treatment as directed on the label.
Together with the medication, always wash and dry your feet. If you sweat a lot keep an extra pair of socks on hand. With the medication and keeping your feet dry, you’re sure to get rid of athlete’s foot quickly. Just be sure that you consult with a doctor or a podiatrist at the onset so it could be treated immediately.