The snow and ice are finally melting and people are starting to break out of their houses. Shaking this winter weather, people are headed out to the trails. "This is a great time for tinea pedis. Tinea is a fungal infection of the skin and [fungi] need a moist environment,” said Conway McLean, DPM. Dr. McLean reminds people to take a few precautionary steps to avoid the discomfort athlete's foot could cause. Wearing different shoes two days in a row can allow boots or shoes to dry out. This technique also works if you are prone to having sweaty feet.
| Dr. Conway McLean
"If you have a problem with perspiration and you are doing some hiking or outdoor activities, coming equipped with an extra pair of socks is great,” said Dr. McLean. “Even foot powder can be used to avoid some extra moisture.” If you are the unlucky contractor of athlete’s foot, remember to aerate your feet and apply OTC medication if desired. "But one of the keys of treating tinea of the feet is to continue to apply an anti-fungal, even after it looks better because organisms will go into hiding," Dr. McLean said.
Source: Megan O'Connor, WLUC [4/8/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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