Correct treatment of athlete’s foot (athlete’s foot)

Young and old can sometimes suffer from athlete’s foot. You then experience itching between the toes, you see redness, and the skin is flaking in that area. Not a serious condition, but an annoying one, because that tickling and all those loose flakes are irritating. But there are adequate (preventive) solutions for this often long-term condition.


In fact, athlete’s foot is not a correct name because it is a fungus. The condition should therefore actually be referred to as athlete’s foot. As a child you were probably told that you could contract athlete’s foot if you did not dry your feet properly after showering or swimming. But moisture is not the culprit and cause of the mold. It is true that fungus thrives in a warm, moist environment, so in that respect it is wise to keep the toes dry. So that you give those cracked and moldy toes as little chance as possible to develop.


The athlete’s foot can also start to smell if bacteria settle there, but that is not the case in all cases. The condition is usually limited to cracks, red spots, skin flakes and sometimes blisters. And especially between the toes.

Flip flops

It is a fact that you are more likely to come into contact with the fungi with bare feet than with covered soles. To prevent contamination, it is therefore wise to wear slippers in public shower facilities in gyms, saunas, etc


There is no need to additionally wash the feet with soap in the fight against fungi, as our skin forms an excellent barrier against infection. In addition, too much soap can disrupt the acidity of the skin, which increases the risk of athlete’s foot. The fungus is also more likely to cause damaged and irritated skin, as well as feet that have become soft due to moisture and heat.

Talcum powder

Talcum powder keeps the feet dry and is a preventive substance in that respect. On the other hand, it is not good to surround your feet with tight closed shoes or socks. Certainly not made of plastic, rubber and other synthetic materials, which make your feet sweat and heat. So make sure that the area can ventilate and prefer to wear ventilated sandals, because this prevents new infections and inhibits the growth of fungi.


Terbinafine cream is often sufficient to make the complaint disappear. There is micanozole cream for children under the age of twelve, and also for women who are breastfeeding or pregnant. Be sure to spread the cream well because a thick layer causes irritation. There is also a spray or powder containing miconazole that can eliminate fungal spores in socks and shoes. If the athlete’s foot does not disappear, you should go to the doctor. The GP can then prescribe medication. A more severe form of athlete’s foot can be recognized by the sole of the foot flaking, as well as calluses and cracks in (particularly) the heel. Good results are often also achieved with betadine ointment, which contains iodine components.Don’t forget to put on dry, clean socks regularly, for example every day when you get up and also at the end of the afternoon . Not only to keep those fungal remnants in the socks for as short a time as possible, but also because the socks are always slightly damp at the end of the day due to perspiration. You will immediately have comfortably dry and therefore warm feet again.


During a holiday at the seaside, the fungus between the toes often disappears on its own due to the cleansing and healing effect of the seawater with its hundreds of minerals (including iodine).

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