Huh?  In English please?  How about this, is there a fungus amongus?  I’m talking about Athletes Foot and it’s not just for athletes.  Know someone in the military or have a relative who has served in a war zone? They call it “jungle rot”.  Your health insurance premiums will not go up if you get it, and if you are looking at health plans for you and your family you won’t be denied coverage if you have it. Say you have a high deductible health plan?  The doctor copay does not go towards the deductible if you should see a physician about your fungus.  Senior health plans only cover medically necessary treatment from a podiatrist or M.D. You better check before you make an appointment.

Your feet are itching, burning and red?  Chances are you have athlete’s foot even if the last time you did something even remotely athletic was when you shagged baseballs for your kid.  Sometimes symptoms will show up between the toes where the infection usually starts.  There you might see blistering, peeling or cracking of the skin with maybe some bleeding.

The fungus that causes athlete’s foot can be found on floors, like public bathing areas, and clothing.  It requires a warm, dark and humid environment in order to grow.  You can get athlete’s foot by coming in contact with the fungus, most commonly in locker rooms, showers and bath tubs, around swimming pools and by wearing other people’s shoes.  Wearing your own damp shoes and socks in warm and humid weather, favor its spread.

What exactly is a fungus? It’s a group of organisms traditionally included among the plants but a fungus is considered so unique as to be its own kingdom.  For example, mushrooms are fungi. They look like plants but cannot make their own food like plants do.  Tinea pedis is a parasite and obtains its food by infecting human skin and nails. Tinea means infections of the skin, nails or hair caused by fungi; and pedis means foot.

From APMA ways to keep your feet fungus free:

  • • Avoid walking barefoot; use shower shoes
  • • Change shoes and socks daily
  • • Reduce perspiration by using talcum powder
  • • Wear light and airy shoes
  • • Wear socks that keep feet dry, and change them frequently if you perspire heavily

To treat athlete’s foot successfully follow these suggestions from medicinenet.com;

“Powders, especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole)(Lomtrimin) or tolnaftate (Tinactin) can help keep your feet dry.  Try a home made remedy of 1 part white vinegar and one part water once or twice a day as a 10 minute foot soak.

Follow that up with antifungal creams and washes.  Many are available like miconazole, econazole nitrate (Spectazole), clotrimazole (Lotrimin) which are sprays and creams and ketoconazole shampoo and the cream (Nizoral).  Ask your pharmacist for a recommendation.  Treatment should generally be continued for four weeks and one week after all the symptoms has cleared.