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Health Tip: Keep Toes Cool, Clean and Dry

Health Tip: Keep Toes Cool, Clean and Dry

03/21/11

(HealthDay News) -- Athlete's foot is a fungal infection, medically called tinea pedis. If the fungus takes hold between your toes, it can cause itchiness, cracking and peeling.

The Adam Encyclopedia offers these suggestions to help protect your feet from athlete's foot:

  • Dry your feet completely after getting out of the bath, shower or pool.
  • Slip on a pair of sandals or flip-flops when walking at public pools or showers.
  • Swap sweaty socks for a clean dry pair at least once daily.
  • If you tend to get athlete's foot, use an antifungal or drying powder.
  • Choose shoes made of natural material (such as leather) that offers good ventilation. Avoid shoes with plastic lining.
  • Don't wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row, so the shoes can air out.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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