Mild breakdown of the skin due to fungus, also known as Tinea Pedis.
Contrary to common belief, Athlete’s Foot is not contagious. The bug that causes the skin to break down is everywhere throughout our environment. Skin only breaks down with reduced immunity, genetic/hereditary factors, and if barrier is exposed to warm, dark, moist environments, like within footwear.
Signs and Symptoms
Red or white itchy rash on the bottoms of feet and between toes. May cause skin to flake, crack or peel.
One of the most important factors in treating and preventing athlete’s foot is creating a foot environment that is light and dry, not dark, warm, and damp. Socks made of newer synthetic materials may help wick moisture away from your skin, which helps inhibit fungal invasion. For medical treatment, topical over-the-counter antifungal medicines like Terbinafine can be very effective. Occasionally, Athlete’s Foot can be caused by bacteria, and may require antibiotic treatment. Talk to your natural health care provider about safe topical treatments, and ways to improve your immune system health.