Ode to Athletic's Foot

Athlete's foot is a very common fungal skin condition
It appears on the sole and toes as a scaly, red, itchy eruption
Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus tinea pedis
It attacks people with low immune systems such as diabetes

There are various degrees of itching and burning
There is peeling skin and cracking of the skin
Fungal infections grow between the toes
Fungal infections develop in damp socks and shoes

Athlete's foot may be contagious from person to person.
Swimming pools, fitness centers and public showers are common
People should avoid prolonged moist environments
Nail fungus may be very resistant to treatment

Treatment is with oral and topical antifungal medication
Treatment should be continued for at least 4 weeks duration
Always keep the feet and socks dry and clean
The nails are treated to prevent the fungus recurring

-An original poem by Kenneth Kee

Interesting Tips about the Athletic's Foot

A Healthy Lifestyle

1. Take a well Balanced Diet

2. The treatment of athlete's foot can be divided into two parts:
a. Make the infected area less suitable for the athlete's foot fungus to grow.
This means keeping the area clean and dry.

b. Buy shoes that are leather or another breathable material.
Occlusive shoe materials such as plastic may cause the feet to remain moist helping the fungus to grow.
Powders especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole or tolnaftate) can help keep the feet dry.
Finally the feet can be soaked in a drying solution of aluminum acetate

b. The use of antifungal creams and washes.
Many medications are available, including miconazole, econazole nitrate, clotrimazole, terbinafine sprays and creams, and ketoconazole shampoo and cream etc.
Treatment for athlete's foot should generally be continued for four weeks or at least one week after all of the skin symptoms have cleared.

More advanced or resistant cases of athlete's foot may require a two- to three-week course of an oral antifungal like terbinafine, itraconazole or fluconazole.

3. Keep bones and body strong

Bone marrow produces our blood

Eat foods rich in calcium like yogurt, cheese, milk, and dark green vegetables.

Eat foods rich in Vitamin D, like eggs, fatty fish, cereal, and fortified milk.

Eat food rich in Vitamins B and C such as green vegetables and fruits

Zinc and other minerals are important to the body

4. Get enough rest and Sleep

Avoid stress and tension

5. Exercise and stay active.

It is best to do weight-bearing exercise such as walking, jogging, stair climbing, dancing, or lifting weights for 2½ hours a week.

One way to do this is to be active 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week.

Begin slowly especially if a person has not been active.

6. Do not drink more than 2 alcohol drinks a day for a man or 1 alcohol drink a day for a woman.

Alcohol use also increases the chance of falling and breaking a bone.

Alcohol also affects the nerves and neurons.

7. Stop or do not begin smoking.

It also interferes with blood supply and healing.

Chapter 1

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is a very common fungal skin condition that affects the sole of the foot and the skin between the toes.

It appears as a scaly, red, itchy eruption and occasionally may be weepy and oozing.

It affects the feet of athletes and non-athletes alike.

The medical name for athlete's foot is tinea pedis.

The fungi that cause athlete's foot can be contracted in many locations including public areas such as locker rooms, saunas, swimming pools and from contaminated socks and clothing.

The fungi can also be spread directly from person to person by contact.

Most people may acquire fungus on the feet from walking barefoot in areas where someone else with athlete's foot has walked


Chapter 1 Athletic's Foot
Chapter 2 More Facts of Athlete's Foot
Chapter 3 Treatment of Athlet

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