Athlete's foot is caused by the same type of fungi (dermatophytes) that cause ringworm and jock itch. Damp socks and shoes and warm, humid conditions favor the organisms' growth.
What does athlete's foot look like? Athlete's foot can affect the skin between your toes, the bottoms of your feet, the tops of your feet, the edges of your feet and your heels. Your skin may appear irritated (red, purple, gray or white), scaly or flaky.
These tips can help you ease the symptoms of athlete's foot or avoid a recurrence:
Oct 15, 2021
Left untreated, athlete's foot can affect the toenails — which may thicken, become discolored or crumble — and even spread to your hands or groin. Additionally, athlete's foot can make you more vulnerable to bacterial infections, such as cellulitis.
Wearing socks to bed can help prevent transmission of the fungus. Even if you avoid contact, your partner can still develop athlete's foot if you walk around the house barefoot.
You do not have to throw away your shoes if you have athlete's foot unless they were worn without socks, have dirt in them, or you have another skin reaction to the material or color dyes.
How Long Does Athlete's Foot Last? Most mild cases of athlete's foot clear up within 2 weeks. But treatment can go for several weeks or longer if the infection is more serious or affects the toenails.
Athlete's foot is a type of fungal skin infection that is typically mild and goes away within 2 weeks. However, in some cases recovery may take longer if the infection is serious or affects the toenails. For people with diabetes, athlete's foot may take up to 4 weeks to clear up.
Many natural or home remedies can be helpful in killing the fungus that causes athlete's foot.
Vinegar. Some people believe that soaking your feet in a mixture of water and vinegar will get rid of athlete's foot. While a vinegar soak won't do your feet any harm, there's not enough research to prove that it will do much good either.
Vaseline is a petroleum by-product and it certainly does have many properties that can be very helpful for your feet. It is slick and can be used to help keep body parts from rubbing and becoming irritated. It is a favorite of distance runners for its ability to prevent blisters.
If you begin to notice redness or dry, scaly skin around the toes, you may be suffering from Athlete's foot. This possibility is heightened when accompanied by foul odor, which is a sign of both bacteria and fungus abrading the skin of your feet.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot can spread to other parts of your body. To prevent this, you shouldn't pick at or touch the blisters or other visible symptoms like sores and scales. Fungus may also infect your toenails, hands, and groin. Wash your hands immediately if you do touch the infected area.
Tinea capitis affects the top of the head, or scalp, and is found mostly in children. Tinea pedis affects the feet, and is also called "athlete's foot." Tinea cruris affects the groin, and is also called "jock itch." Tinea faciei affects the face.
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When you're dehydrated and your pee gets very concentrated, it can smell strongly of ammonia. If you catch a whiff of something really strong before you flush, it might also be a sign of a UTI, diabetes, a bladder infection, or metabolic diseases.
Some brightly colored food dyes can cause green urine. Dyes used for some tests of kidney and bladder function can turn urine blue. Medications. A number of medications produce blue or green urine, including amitriptyline, indomethacin (Indocin, Tivorbex) and propofol (Diprivan).
If a person experiences clear urine, they do not usually need to take any further action. Clear urine is a sign of good hydration and a healthy urinary tract. However, if they consistently notice clear urine and also have extreme or unusual thirst, it is best to speak to a doctor.
When it comes to hydration, water, electrolyte beverages, and most other drinks are likely safer to consume than urine. There are no health benefits to ingesting urine; any other drink is likely to involve fewer health risks. While in small amounts urine is unlikely to cause harm, it will not offer benefits, either.