Athlete's Foot

Related Terms

  • Fungal Infection (Foot)
  • Onychomycosis
  • Ringworm
  • Tinea Pedis

Uses

Principal Proposed Natural Treatments

Other Proposed Natural Treatments

  • Ageratina pichinchensis (Snakeroot)
  • Essential Oils
  • Garlic
  • Ozonized Vegetable Oil
  • Solanum chrysotrichum (Sosa)
  • Various Tropical/Traditional Medicinal Plants

Athlete's foot is the common name for a fungal infection of the foot, often called ringworm (although there is no worm involved). The three fungi most commonly implicated in athlete's foot— Trichophyton rubrum , T. mentagrophytes , and Epidermophyton floccosum —favor the warm, moist areas between the toes and tend to flare up during warm weather. Similar infections can occur in the nails, scalp, groin, and beard. Infection with these fungi generally causes mild scaling between the toes, but it can also cause more severe scaling, an itchy red rash, or blisters that cover the toes and the sides of the feet. Since the fungus may also cause the skin to crack, it can lead to bacterial infections, especially in older people or those with poor circulation in their feet. If the infection takes root under the toenails, it is called onychomycosis, and can be very difficult, if not impossible, to eradicate.Because the fungi that cause athlete's foot thrive in warm, moist areas, it's important to keep the feet clean and dry. Over-the-counter or prescription topical antifungal treatments containing miconazole, clotrimazole, econazole, or ketoconazole can generally cure athlete's foot, but treatment may have to be continued for a month or more for full results. In severe cases, oral antifungal medications may be necessary.

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