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Athlete's foot, or tinea pedis, is one of the most common fungal infections in adults. Several fungus types can cause it, and some of them already live on healthy skin but do not become a problem until they multiply. The fungus usually starts out in the area between the toes and then spreads. The condition commonly results in itching and burning, as well as cracking and peeling of the skin.1
Fungal infections are very contagious and can be spread through direct and indirect contact: Direct skin-to-skin contact and indirect contact whereby the fungi are passed on to others through touching contaminated objects. Walking barefoot on wet floors in public places like changing rooms, showers and swimming pools will make you vulnerable to infection. It can also be spread through socks, shoes and damp towels. The condition doesn’t just occur on moist feet, it can also appear on dry and flaky skin due to a lack of natural protective oils.2
It’s advisable to tackle athlete’s foot as soon as possible. Left untreated it can spread, infecting the toenails and even the whole foot. The fungal infection can also spread to other parts of the body.
Wet, warm and sweaty feet are ideal conditions for the fungi to live and multiply.
Athlete’s foot fungus lives in and feeds on dead skin tissue. Therefore, it is important to regularly wash feet and change socks and shoes to avoid re-infection.
As skin pH rises the barrier function may be damaged, making skin more susceptible to attack. pH of skin has been shown to be higher in areas where two layers of skin meet or rub together, such as between toes.
Damaged skin surface
The organisms that cause athlete’s foot can gain entry, multiply and establish themselves in the cornified layers of damaged skin, such as cuts or grazes.
There are two common types of fungal athlete's foot – between the toes and on the soles of the feet. Look out for any of the following signs:2
From creams to sprays, athlete’s foot can be tackled in a number of ways. Scholl’s Athlete’s foot treatment contains Tolnaftate, which helps to clear and treat the infection. It is important to use the products for as long as directed because the fungus may still be present even after symptoms completely disappear. Should symptoms persist, seek expert medical advice for foot treatment and cures.
Scholl Athlete’s Foot Complete Pen & Spray Treatment is a unique two-step solution that not only treats athlete’s foot but also helps to restore and protect the skin to reduce the risk of recurrent infections.
The treatment pen’s precision applicator applies just the right amount of cream on infected skin to target fungus directly. It is formulated with Olile-Active™ to create a hostile environment that prevents fungus from multiplying or surviving. It supports skin repair and reinforces the skin barrier to help prevent re-infection.
The shoe spray prevents reinfection by cleansing shoes contaminated with athlete’s foot fungus.
Find out more about how to beat the fungus with Scholl Athlete’s Foot Complete Pen & Spray Kit, with answers to common questions about the product.
To help prevent athlete's foot from recurring in the future, follow these tips1: