Athletes foot is a bothersome
fungal infection, caused by a
variety of surface-skin inhabiting Trichophyton or
Epidermophyton fungi that grows and spreads because (and where)
the skin on your foot remains warm and moist.
Specifically speaking, Athletes
foot is a form of ringworm that
lives on your skin and toenails. The itchy (sometimes cracking
and peeling) symptoms of this fungal infestation can be caught
from a variety of sources, but is most common around areas
providing a warm and moist habitat for the fungus - such as
public showers or swimming pools. If you do use public showers
such as at your local gym or spa, invest in a pair of rubber
flip-flops to wear around in the public locker room and shower.
Far and away however, the most
common cause of athletes foot
is sweaty feet because the fungi that cause athlete's foot grow
well in warm, damp areas.
More moderate flare-ups may cause
increased redness and
irritation and if left untreated, the fungus can cause the skin
to blister and crack and may even spread to other parts of the
There are two imidazoles commonly
available for the treatment
of Athletes Foot; Clotrimazole and Miconazole; which once the
fungus is diagnosed, treatment can begin immediately. Also,
Monphytol is a rapid drying, non-greasy paint, ideal for the
treatment of athletes foot and other fungal infections
nail and skin.