We all know that exercise is great for the body and mind! Whether you like to swim, bike, or just walk the dog, exercise boosts overall health in a big way. Even light to moderate exercise lowers cholesterol, helps to regulate blood sugar, burns calories and improves heart health. Moving around boosts our mood, too, and it even combats mental signs of aging.
But beware! Something lurks in gym locker rooms and showers. Look out! Athletic shoes protect the bones, tendons, and muscles of your feet, but they’re a breeding ground for invaders. Heads up! Your socks and towels may be hiding a health hazard culprit.
Yes, we’re talking about athlete’s foot. That itchy, burning, scaly, painful, peeling skin between the toes signals that there’s a fungus among us. Like ringworm, athlete’s foot fungus is highly contagious, and can be tricky to get rid of.
But which is the best treatment for athlete’s foot?
Prevention, that’s what.
Don’t let athlete’s foot fungus sideline your fitness journey! Here are five pro tips to keep you on your toes.
1. Switch it up!
It’s best not to wear the same athletic shoes every day. Alternate them, so that each pair has time to dry completely between wearings. Also make sure to wear clean, dry socks every time!
2. Flip out!
Wear flip-flops in athlete’ s foot party zones: gym floors, public showers, pool areas, hotel rooms, and locker rooms are a no-go in bare feet.
3. Keep it to yourself!
It’s best not to share towels or footwear. Seems obvious, but you never know! Best to keep your towels and socks free of potential fungus.
4. Clean the scene!
Wash your feet with soap and water daily, and keep them nice and dry. Don’t give athlete’s foot a chance to get comfy.
5. Don’t just get creamed!
Antifungal cream is a friend to your feet, but for heavy-duty protection, make antifungal ointment your bestie. Ointments are more concentrated than creams, more water-resistant, and you need less. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! This is also your go-to solution once you’re suffering symptoms, too. Apply antifungal ointment to your toes two to three times a day, and keep your feet dry. If the painful itching and flaking doesn’t begin to ease up within a week, you may want to contact your doctor for a prescription cream or oral medication.
Don’t let athlete’s foot break your stride. With smart care, your exercise routine can last a (longer, healthier) lifetime!
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