Foot fungus usually attacks the skin between the toes and usually begins between the fourth and fifth toes. The skin is flaking or scaly and it is common for itching and burning. Sometimes there may be cracks in the skin.
The fungus thrives where it is humid and warm and it is therefore common to spread the infection in public showers and changing rooms. Children under the age of ten rarely get foot fungus.
Try non-prescription drugs
You can treat foot fungus yourself with prescription drugs available at pharmacies. Some drugs are used once, while others are used for a few weeks.
The agents are available, among other things, as cream, gel, and solution. For example, if the skin is moist, it may be good to use dehydrating gel, while cream is better for dry skin.
If you have itching, you can use a foot fungicide that also contains hydrocortisone, as it relieves the itching.
You can ask your pharmacist if you are not sure what to choose.
So you can prevent foot fungus
There are several things you can do to prevent foot fungus.
- Wash your feet frequently, preferably every day, and also dry thoroughly between your toes
- Change socks every day and preferably use socks that are not so dense
- Wash socks in 60 degrees, then the fungus dies
- Avoid tight shoes and rubber boots
- Use bath slippers in swimming pools and changing rooms.
When and where should I seek care?
Foot fungus can be confused with other diseases such as eczema or psoriasis. If you are unsure, it is best to first consult a doctor before using foot fungus.
If the symptoms do not get better after treatment with non-prescription drugs or if they get worse, you should contact your health care center. The same applies if a child under the age of 10 has symptoms.
Toenails that are infested with fungi need not be treated unless you have the trouble. If you have been diagnosed with nail fungus by a doctor, you can buy nail polish in the form of nail polish without a prescription at a pharmacy. A doctor may also prescribe a prescription drug.