How to Prevent Getting Athlete's Foot Fungus

The best way to prevent getting athlete’s foot fungus is by never going barefoot and never sharing socks or footwear.

Athlete's foot fungus loves moist, warm and/or irritated skin. Primary locations for picking up athlete’s foot fungus can be public showers, locker rooms, and pool side. Keep in mind that any surface that is wet can be a source for contacting athlete's foot fungus. Due to the heat and more people walking barefoot, the condition is more common during the summer months. Prevent getting athlete's foot fungus by wearing some type of footwear, especially when outside your own home.

A new location that developed recently for picking up athlete’s foot is airport security. With the requirement to remove ones shoes, there are now, literally, 1000s of people walking the same path you will be walking. Most have socks on but a lot of them don’t. Some airports provide disposable slippers for passengers but you can’t count on them being available. To prevent picking up athlete's foot fungus while going through airport security wear socks or carry a lightweight pair with you to slip on when you slip out of your shoes.

Protect your feet by changing your socks every day. Prevent reinfections by washing them in hot water with bleach.

Whenever possible (in your own home?) go barefoot to allow the air to keep your feet dry. Wear sandals, if you can. Never wear the same shoes all of the time.

The next best thing you can do to prevent getting athlete’s foot fungus is to keep your feet clean and dry. Wash your feet daily with soap and water. Use a clean towel and dry thoroughly between your toes. Let your feet air dry.

When you are away from home, never, never, ever go barefoot. If you travel, use shower shoes to protect your feet in the bathroom and when you are showering.

Make sure your feet are thoroughly dry before putting your socks on and, if you are particularly susceptible to athlete's foot fungus, use Derman Antifungal Powder. Or, for a more natural approach, use boric acid powder.

Buy shoes that are breathable. Vinyl sneakers, for instance, don’t breath and your feet will stay moist. Shoes made out of leather are good. Sneakers with ventilation holes in them are a good option.

Wear socks that wick water away from your feet. There are socks made of synthetic materials that will do this. Natural fibers like cotton and wool also work.

Depending upon your lifestyle, use an anti-fungal product regularly to decrease the chance of getting a full blown attack of athlete's foot. If, for instance, you are a lifeguard, you might want to use an antifungal cream daily. On the other hand, if you are in good shoes and socks on a daily basis, the Derman Antifungal Powder would be a good option.


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Beverly said...

I am a pedicurist and have personally had overgrowth of yeast (the moccasin athlete's foot)with dry cracked heels. Not only have I successfully used an antifungal to get hold of the problem before it started (used a anti-fungal cream- no-name brand, morning and night) but I also found that a bifidophilus flora herbal remedy with live active cultures (found in the refrigerator)from a reputable health food store cured the problem systemically and readily!!! Ask a GOOD herbologist! I have been observing a lot of feet and really have begun to recognize the problem and wonder just how much the toenails end up being involved.

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