“Athlete’s foot is an infection with dermatophytes (fungi ed) whose first symptoms are visible between the toes by the appearance of erythema (redness of the skin, ed), scaling, cracking, redness and sometimes small blisters, “says Dr. Martine Feuilhade of Chauvin, a dermatologist at the Saint-Louis Hospital in Paris. The infection causes intense itching or burning sensations that can be extremely painful.
The dermatophytes are crazy hot and humid environments. They are doing wonderfully well at the edge of river pool, the diving boards, closed in shoes or rugs bathroom … not surprising in these conditions, that athlete’s foot is highly contagious. Contamination are common within the same family, through the bath mats and towels, in fact. “Every family member must have his own towel,” insists Feuilhade Martine Chauvin. It is important to treat these lesions. Because they can spread to other toes or nails while triggering an onychomycosis. So watch your feet regularly, especially the spaces between the toes.
“The best prevention is to thoroughly dry the feet. Especially in the spaces between toes. When the skin is dry, the dermatophyte cannot penetrate the stratum corneum. “What if you think you are affected by athlete’s foot? Consult your doctor to pose the correct diagnosis. “For treatment, if just a small achievement, in single-dose terbinafine (Lamisilate single dose) is very effective. This fungicide is an antifungal topical treatment for single use only for adults. It is applied at once on both feet, even if only one lesion present. “. Compared to some treatments, which may require more than 40 applications for 3 weeks is a real progress.
Well treated, athlete’s foot will not reoffend. But it is essential to ensure the complete elimination of the fungus. This is the only guarantee against relapse. “Beyond treatment, it is necessary to treat his shoes were his bath mats, towels, slippers. In short all media that can be a place of recontamination “said Professor Feuilhade Chauvin. Talk to your pharmacist.