Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Athlete's foot--fungus among us

I have a relative with foot issues--not athlete's foot--some other crud. So I noticed that Joshua Fox, MD, and John Troccoli, MD, of Advanced Dermatology in NYC, are still interested in this iconic ailment.

Up to a quarter of adults have athlete's foot at any given time. I call that major.

The athlete part comes not from exertion but from the fact that the fungus thrives in warm, funky places like gyms and showers.

Once you get it, you are more likely to get it again.

The Latin is tinea pedia. It is peeling, itchy skin, usually on the foot and between the fourth and pinkie toes.

It likes the inside of shoes. So avoid tight shoes. Wear leather or those with perforated soles.

Don't go barefoot into communal showers.

Always wear clean socks if you wear closed shoes.

Dry feet thoroughly. Use talcum of anti-fungal powder, esp between toes. Put some in your socks.

Men get athlete's foot more than women. Kids under 15 usually don't get it.

It's hard to cure. But try to prevent it it if you can.

I have never had it. Now I am jinxed from saying that, probably.

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