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Skin fungus of the feet is a common infection in the monsoons. The microscopic fungus lives on toenails, hair and skin and the most common symptoms are usually peeling, itchy or burning skin. The most obnoxious effect is smelly feet. Enter a room and people would wrinkle their noses. The putrid smell announces your arrival before you.
The infection is caused when certain fungal pathogens breed in moist or warm environments. Fungus usually grows in shoes, socks, or can be contracted from using public areas like swimming pools or gyms or shower rooms. If you suffer from some of the symptoms, there are a number of lifestyle changes that can easily save one from them.
Our feet can easily be our dirtiest body part, and it is so easy to neglect their health. In order to prevent or cure fungal infections, the first step is keeping your feet as clean as possible. This can be done by regularly having foot baths in which you wash your feet thoroughly with anti septic soap and water. It is also recommended to scrub and exfoliate your feet each week to remove the dead skin cells that may hold fungal bacteria.
Keep Your Feet and Shoes Dry
Fungus develops in moist or wet areas, so it is important to make sure that your feet and shoes are dry. Don't wear shoes when you have wet feet (that includes any sandals that are not made from plastic). Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly after bathing. If your shoes are wet because of walking in rains or stepping in a ditch, place them upside-down by a window or throw them in the dryer before wearing them.
Don't Wear Tight Fitting Shoes
Another way to minimize the seriousness of the fungal infection is not to wear tight shoes that will prevent air from entering in and will aggravate the infected areas. Remember fungus thrives on moisture and lack of air, feeds on dead skin.
Don't Wear Your Shoes For Too Long
One of the worst things you can do that promotes fungal infection is to wear your shoes for an extended period. Your feet sweat all day long (yes, all feet sweat), wearing your footwear for an extended period of time keeps your feet moist and prone to fungal growth. Try and remove your shoes when you can, even if it's just for a few minutes, to air out the sweaty area.
Use Talcum Powder
If you need to wear the same pair of socks and shoes more than two days in a row, it is recommended to apply a dash of baby powder into the sock and shoe before wearing them on. This will prevent the dead skin in the sock and shoe from affecting your foot, and will keep any moisture out that can facilitate infection.
Watch out for obvious symptoms
Some of the most obvious symptoms of a fungal infection are itchiness and burning in your feet, or the formation of a crusty layer of skin on the top of the feet. Also, there are commonly small rashes that develop and itch (known as Athlete's Foot) which is another obvious sign. It is important to be aware of these signs because the skin infection caused by the fungus is very contagious, and once you have it, it is hard to get rid of.
Use anti septic solutions and anti fungal oil combination
Wash your feet thoroughly with antiseptic solution and then use tea tree oil. Tea Tree Oil is natural oil that has an excellent drying and purifying effect. Apply the oil or tea tree ointment to the affected area and leave you feet in the open for a few minutes until it is absorbed. It is recommended to apply the oil after you wash and disinfect your feet to maximize the absorption into your skin. Other essential oils that work great are garlic oil and oregano oil.
Hope you would use all these tricks and keep your feet healthy and happy this monsoon.