Health Tip: Fighting Athlete's Foot

Fungus is no fun

(HealthDayNews) -- You don't have to be preparing for a triathlon to get athlete's foot. The skin disease is caused by a fungus that commonly attacks the feet, because shoes create a warm, dark and humid environment that fungus thrives in.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions to help prevent the condition:

  • Wash your feet daily with soap and water and dry carefully, especially between the toes.
  • Change your shoes and socks regularly to decrease moisture.
  • Use a foot powder daily.
  • In a public shower, avoid walking barefoot; use shower shoes.
  • Wear light and airy shoes.
  • If an apparent fungus condition does not respond to proper foot hygiene and self care, and there is no improvement within two weeks, consult a podiatrist.
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