Predisposed to Athlete's Foot Fungus

Athlete’s foot is definitely more common in athletes. Sweaty feet, wet shoes and socks, locker room floors are all contributing factors. Yet some athletes never get athlete’s foot because they are not predisposed to it.

Are you predisposed to athlete’s foot? The fungal spores can survive for months, even years, on the floors of bathrooms, locker rooms and swimming pools. If you are predisposed to athlete’s foot, it doesn’t take much to infect or re-infect yourself.

There are several factors that might determine whether or not someone is more predisposed to getting athlete’s foot fungus than someone else. Some of those factors are:

1) They’ve already had athlete’s foot fungus at least once in their life. That alone makes one more susceptible to athlete’s foot fungus in the future.

2) Because of either professional or recreational activities, they are more exposed to the spores, such as those on locker room floors and showers

3) Frequent travelers are more exposed to the spores on hotel room carpets and bathrooms, and swimming pool and hot tub areas.

4) People whom, either professionally or recreationally, wear airtight and/or watertight footwear.

5) People who have skin that produces less fatty acid, which is a natural antifungal agent.

6) Having normally sweaty feet can increase ones predisposition to athlete’s foot.

7) People with some form of immune deficiency are more prone to athlete’s foot.

8) People with poor foot circulation are also more prone to athlete’s foot.

9) Being diabetic is a serious risk factor as diabetics are significantly more likely to have a fungal infection than non-diabetics.

If you fit into any of the categories above, it is very important to take proper care of your feet to prevent getting athlete’s foot fungus.

1 comment:

Shmuli said...

I seem to be predisposed to athlete's foot...

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