Athletes Foot

Athlete's foot also known as tinea pedis is a fungal infection found commonly in men. It begins from in between the toes. It is more common in people with sweaty feet that remain confined in tight fitting shoes for longer durations. It is characterized by a scaly rash with an itching, burning or stinging sensation. This disease is contagious and spreads from walking on contaminated floors, sharing towels and other personal clothing and accessories. Athlete’s foot can be treated with the help of anti-septic and anti-fungal ointments. At HPFY we have a range of products that can help you with management of this contagious infection. Try them out now!


Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

  • Itching right after taking socks or shoes off. 

  • Blisters or ulcers 

  • In case of Moccasin Athlete’s Foot can cause chronic skin dryness accompanied by scaling and it extends from the toes to the side of the foot.It can also be sometimes mistaken for eczema.

  • The infection may spread on the other feet, hand or groin as well. Do not scratch or pick the infected areas as the disease can spread.

Who is at the risk of Athlete’s foot?

  • Men are mostly at risk 

  • Those who wear damp socks and tight fitting shoes 

  • Those who share mats, rugs, clothes or towels with the infected person 

  • Those who walk barefoot in public areas like locker rooms, swimming pools, saunas, shower areas etc.

Complications of Tinea Pedis

The infection may spread on other body parts like: 

  • Hands:  People with a habit of scratching or picking the infected parts are at a risk of developing a similar infection on in their hands as well. 

  • Nails: It not treated early in the course, the fungus can take refuge into your nails that are difficult to treat areas. 

  • Groin: Groin infections like jock itch s caused due to the same fungus as the athlete’s foot. The infection is likely to spread through the towel or fingers to the groin area.

Tips for Prevention and Treatment of Athlete’s Foot

  • Do not go for shoes that fit too tight and cause too much sweating. 

  • Keep your feet clean and dry especially after workouts and other activities that result in sweating. Let them exposed to air as much as possible. 

  • Wear a clean pair of socks daily. If you have naturally sweaty feet change socks twice a day. 

  • Wear shoes that are light and well ventilated. 

  • Avoid rubber or vinyl shoes. 

  • Keep an alternate pair of shoes and change shoes each day so that the other pair gets the time to dry out after use. 

  • Use anti-fungal powder on your feet daily. 

  • Avoid sharing shoes or socks 

Athlete’s foot can be treated with the help of anti-septic and anti-fungal ointments like the Coloplast Baza Moisture Barrier Antifungal Cream or the Derma E Tea Tree and Vitamin E Antiseptic Cream. If the itching persists try the GoodSense Hydrocortisone Anti Itch Cream for relief. Cover the infected area with the medicated Coloplast Interdry Ag Textile With Antimicrobial Silver Complex that proves to be very effective when applied in the skin folds. It comes with active silver complexes that controls any type of itching/burning, odor or pain due to infections.