As school-age athletes head back into the locker rooms, taking some precautions can help avoid one of the more common scourges: athlete’s foot, UT Southwestern Medical Center podiatrists say.
“Common areas such as locker rooms, weight rooms, showers and near pools offer the type of warm, damp environment that can encourage fungal growth that leads to athlete’s foot,” says Dr. Michael VanPelt, an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery.
Wash feet with soap and water and be sure they are fully dried, especially between toes. Change socks or hose frequently and alternate pairs of shoes to decrease moisture buildup. Also consider using a daily foot powder and avoid walking around barefoot or wearing others’ shoes. Shoes made of cloth or mesh should be washed.
Treat athlete's foot with fungicides, but if it persists beyond two weeks, see a doctor who can prescribe topical and/or oral anti-fungal drugs or other more effective treatments.
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