You live a fit, active lifestyle, participating in a wide range of activities from running to yoga to hitting the pool for laps. Above all, you take cleanliness seriously and do everything you can to prevent things like fungal infections from popping up. The last time you had one was during your childhood – you’re convinced it came from the local swimming pool, and you’re adamant not to repeat the discomfort. Your diligence appears to be paying off until one day, you notice the skin between your toes is itchy. A few days pass and your skin becomes red and scaly.
“Oh, no…” you think to yourself. This can’t be happening, you’ve done everything right. How on earth did you get athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot, also known as Tinea Pedis, is an incredibly common fungal infection. Going by its name, you know it mostly occurs on the feet, usually between your toes, but it can appear on other areas of the body as well. You can spend your days in the locker room being conscientious but still contract athlete’s foot. The fungal infection is exceptionally contagious and is easily transmitted in public spaces where people tend to be barefoot, so places like locker rooms, showers, swimming pools, and even yoga studios can become a germ-ridden breeding ground.
Specifically, athlete’s foot is prompted by a fungal infection on your skin caused by dermatophytes, a type of fungi. Dermatophytes create a superficial infection in your skin, hair, and nails and are spread by other people, animals, and even soil.
You might have athlete’s foot if you’re experiencing itching, burning, skin blisters, or red, scaly rashes. Other symptoms include cracking and peeling skin or discolored and crumbly toenails. It’s possible to make the condition of your athlete’s foot even worse by:
- Spending time in moist and wet environments, whether it’s the climate you live in or hanging out in a sauna
- Sweating can perpetuate the condition of your fungal infection
- Closed-toe shoes that don’t allow air to dry out your infection
- A history of allergies or eczema can coincide with worsening symptoms
- A low immune function can also contribute
Here’s how you can prevent getting a fungal infection like athlete’s foot in the first place:
- Avoid going barefoot in public places
- If you frequent hot yoga, pay attention to how often the studio sanitizes their floors after classes
- Always wear shower shoes, like flip flops, when using a public shower
- Change your socks after a workout and always change your socks daily, don’t wear them a second time before washing
- If you’re prone to sweaty feet, do your best to keep them dry
- Wear open-toed shoes when possible and make sure your socks are made of natural fibers like cotton
- If you seem to get athlete’s foot easily, add anti-fungal foods to your diet like raw garlic
Now that you know how to prevent, let’s talk about how to get rid of your fungal infection. There are a number of antifungal prescriptions and steroid creams your doctor may prescribe. Even with the best conventional medications, athlete’s foot still has the potential to return.
If you’re like us, we prefer a natural remedy to overcome our stubborn skin conditions. Cue one of our most loved products, Free to Be Active Antifungal Balm. We created Free to Be Active Antifungal Balm specifically for fungal skin issues like athlete’s foot, ringworm, and jock itch. It’s our secret weapon to soothe itchy, scaly and cracked skin!
We suggest using Free to Be Active Antifungal Balm for several weeks, even after your symptoms have disappeared, to discourage your athlete’s foot from reoccurring. It’s loaded with botanicals that are proven to be effective in combating tough skin conditions. In Free to Be Active Antifungal Balm, we harness the power of these ingredients to quickly bring you relief and comfort:
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil to calm irritated skin and reduce inflammation
- Lavender Essential Oil helps reduce pain and sensitivity
- Macadamia Nut Oil minimizes inflammation while easing anxiety
- Olive Oil helps to lower the sensation of pain and discomfort
- Tea Tree Essential Oil further penetrates to reduce inflammation and detoxify your skin
- Vitamin C supports your skin with antioxidants, helping it heal quickly
In addition to having created a product – Free to Be Active Antifungal Balm – to assist you, we also have a full page on our website devoted to athlete’s foot.
If you’re experiencing athlete’s foot, know the right treatment is out there for you, and we promise you’ll find relief sooner rather than later!