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Learn how to Know if I Have Athletes Foot?

By Andrew Desjardins

Athletes and non athletes may experience the discomfort of athlete’s foot symptoms. Although it is usually more common among those with active lifestyles, you do not have to be an athlete to get suffer from this foot fungus. It thrives in the warm moist environment that is sustained in the air tight places of the shoes.

How do you know if you have athlete’s foot? There are some common athlete’s foot symptoms that will alert you to this problem. It is very treatable and preventable in many cases.

One of the first athlete’s foot symptoms that most people experience is the burning or itching. Usually this is between the toes on the affected foot, but it can also be on the sole of the foot. Many times this will continue to grow and uncomfortable, itchy blisters will develop. It is also possible that the itchy blisters will arise as the first of the athlete’s foot symptoms.

Many people who suffer with athlete’s foot may only notice a difference in their toenails. They may be discolored or ragged. Toe nails affected by this fungus my become thick or crumbly. They may even begin to pull away from the toe nail bed.

Another common athlete’s foot symptom is cracking and peeling skin. Normally, this is between the toes or along the side of the foot. Sometimes it begins as just a real dry patch of skin. It’s usually on the bottom of the foot, but may also be on the sides of the feet.

All of these athlete’s foot symptoms are uncomfortable. Once you see you have at least one of these symptoms you may desire to purchase an anti fungal cream. Any local pharmacy will carry several different brands from which to choose. Apply it according to the directions on the packaging. It will offer some relief from the itchiness that accompanies athlete’s foot symptoms.

There are many ways to prevent the growth and spreading of the athlete’s foot fungus. These practices are good, especially if you are active, whether or not you are experiencing athlete’s foot symptoms.

Never share or reuse bathing towels. Using a clean towel every time you shower will help keep the fungus from spreading. Try keeping a small spray bottle which contains bleach water near the shower area. When you finish a shower or bath, spray down the area with the bleach water.

Also as well as you can, keep the feet area dry. If your socks become wet change them as soon as possible. Remove your shoes every once in awhile to allow some air into the area.

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Desjardins, Andrew "Learn how to Know if I Have Athletes Foot?." Learn how to Know if I Have Athletes Foot?. 26 Jun. 2010. 29 Dec 2014 <>.

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Desjardins, A (2010, June 26). Learn how to Know if I Have Athletes Foot?. Retrieved December 29, 2014, from

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Desjardins, Andrew "Learn how to Know if I Have Athletes Foot?"

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