Can athlete’s foot spread to other areas of your body, or is this fungal irritation limited to just your feet? And if it can spread to other areas of your body, how can you prevent that from happening? What is athlete’s foot, anyway, and how can you prevent it and get rid of it?
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the feet, most commonly caused by moisture in the feet from sweating, wearing wet socks, and not properly drying feet after bathing, showering, or swimming. Most common in children before adolescence, teens and adult males, this fungus, called Trichophyton rubrum, can cause blistering, itchiness, redness, and a rash on the feet and in between toes, and is very irritating and can be painful.
It is contagious, as a person with athlete’s foot can spread the fungus in a wet locker room to someone else walking around barefoot, and people sharing the same bathroom can pass the fungus amongst each other if they are walking in wet areas (where the fungus likes to thrive), such as the shower floor or the bathroom areas where one person with athlete’s foot has been. To prevent getting or spreading athlete’s foot to others, in commonly used areas where you will be walking barefoot, such as a college bathroom or a locker room and their showers, wear flip flops to keep your feet protected and always keep your feet dry with proper socks that are cotton and properly drying your feet after they get wet.
If you have athlete’s foot, if you touch your feet and then do not wash your hands, you can spread athlete’s foot to other moist areas of your body, like your groin (jock itch) your armpits, or the palms of your hands. It is important to treat Athlete’s Foot as soon as you acquire the fungus and keep it from spreading to other moist areas of your body by washing your hands thoroughly after touching your feet.
To treat athlete’s foot, use an anti-fungal cream on your feet as directed, and keep them dry as possible by wearing breathable cotton socks and changing them often if you sweat. Dry your feet thoroughly after bathing, and place a foot powder or baking soda in your shoes to help keep your feet dry. Since moisture is what athlete’s foot craves, keeping your feet dry and treated with an anti-fungal treatment should clear the nasty fungus up within 2 weeks. If not, consult your doctor, or call your doctor if your athlete’s foot symptoms do not improve within a few days.