Itching of the foot: is it athlete’s foot?

Itching on one or both feet is annoying, especially because it is difficult to get rid of. If you want to know what you can do about it other than scratching, you must first know what causes the itching. In many cases it will be a form of athlete’s foot or athlete’s foot and it is easy to treat with a cream or ointment. Read more about recognizing and treating athlete’s foot here.

Athlete’s foot

  • What is athlete’s foot?
  • What can you do against athlete’s foot?
  • Cream and ointment against athlete’s foot
  • Other causes of itching of the feet


What is athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot ( tinea pedis ) or athlete’s foot is a type of fungus that you are especially at risk for if you often have wet feet. This can happen if you swim a lot, but also if you often suffer from sweaty feet. The fungus can also settle well if there is a disturbance in the acidity of the skin of the feet. This can happen if you do not rinse the soap off your feet properly when showering or if you wash them too much with soap.
You can recognize athlete’s foot or athlete’s foot by the following symptoms:

  • The feet become itchy, often due to flaking skin;
  • The skin feels soft;
  • Small blisters may form, which may also exude clear fluid
  • When the flakes fall off the skin, it is red and sometimes even painful;
  • There is an increased risk of fungal nails.


What can you do against athlete’s foot?

Although athlete’s foot is a persistent ailment, it is easy to treat and in most cases you do not need a doctor’s prescription. To get started, you can take a number of steps that do not involve medication at all. It is advisable to follow the following advice:

  • Wash your feet every day without using soap. If you still want to use soap, use a mild soap such as a PH5 washing tablet or a washing emulsion so that you leave the acidity of the skin unaffected.
  • After washing, pat your feet dry, and don’t forget the space between the toes.
  • Wear clean socks every day and preferably use a material that absorbs sweat well, such as wool or cotton.
  • Make sure you wear well-ventilated shoes and alternate your shoes.
  • As soon as possible – especially in the house – take off your shoes so that your feet are well ventilated.
  • When you are in an environment where others walk barefoot, wear slippers.


Cream and ointment against athlete’s foot

If all this does not help, you can choose to use an ointment or cream. Some examples of this are the following resources:

  • Terbinafine cream : this product is available unbranded from pharmacies. You should apply it daily until the infection is gone. The condition usually disappears within a week. A revolution in this area is the product Lamisil Once Creme . This is also made from Terbinafine, but you only need to apply it once to get rid of your athlete’s foot.
  • Wartner Athlete’s Foot Cream : this cream contains silicone oils that form a layer over the fungal infection and thus prevents spread and reinfection and reduces flaking, itching and redness and should work within 14 days. It also contains D-panthenol and glycerine to support the healing process and maintain fluid balance.
  • AF24 Clic&Go Athlete’s Foot Swabs : especially useful when the main problem is between the toes. The cotton swabs contain a liquid that emanates from the natural immune system and helps to neutralize the pH value of the infected skin through natural acids. Because of the rods you do not have to touch the area with your fingers.

Please note : many of these products are not recommended for use during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. A number of drugs such as econazole, clotrimazole, miconazole and sulconazole can be used during pregnancy. However, these only inhibit the growth of the fungus but do not kill it. You must therefore wait until the top layer of skin has been replaced and therefore you must continue to use the ointment for at least a week after the symptoms have disappeared.

Other causes of itching of the feet

Athlete’s foot is not the only thing that can cause itching. There may also be other causes. If an ointment intended against fungus does not help, it may be wise to consult your doctor. Another cause could be contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis occurs when you are allergic to certain substances or products. If you have recently started using socks made of a different fabric than normal or if you have started using new cosmetic or skin care products and you have subsequently started to suffer from itching or red spots, this may be a reason.
Another cause of itching can be psoriasis. With this condition, the skin cells renew much too quickly, resulting in excessive flaking. While the skin normally renews itself every 26 to 27 days, this happens every 6 to 7 days in people with psoriasis. In the case of palmar psoriasis and plantar psoriasis, the palms of the hands and soles of the feet are the biggest problem areas.

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