Cracked heels and foot fungus – remedies, prevention, and more
Every time you go to the gym or pool, do you bring your own spare pair of shoes, slates to change, towels and other personal items that should protect you from contact with unwanted and often dangerous bacteria, germs and viruses? Ask yourself this question and give yourself an honest answer. The price of a forgotten or simply ignored spare pair of shoes in which you can take a shower can often be higher than it may seem at first glance.
Usually, the name of this price is foot mycosis or nails onychomycosis, or in simple terms a fungus.
Probably, the majority of us have heard of all the “joys” that come with this disease. These are rashes on the feet; dried, peeling off and itching skin, thickened nails that turn yellow and flake, painful cracks between the toes. This is what the fungus looks and feels like.
Most often it starts with feet, due to the high risk of catching the infection in the locker rooms and showers of swimming pools or gyms. But then, if you do not start treatment immediately and solve the problem, the disease can spread to other parts of the body and lead to more serious consequences. The main danger of fungus is that it can develop into a chronic disease. Therefore, immediate consultation with a dermatologist or podiatrist and urgent treatment are a must.
Symptoms, or what the fungus looks like
There are two types of fungi:
- Athlete’s foot (is the most common, due to the speed of spread, if developed into severe form is very difficult to treat). It mainly occurs due to heat and sweat after training, creating an ideal environment for the spread of fungus. But in addition to athletes, anyone who does not take preventive measures or take proper care of shoes can face it.
Foot fungus is an infection that is caused by the spread and growth of microorganisms.
Foot fungus causes the following symptoms:
- Excessive dryness
- Yellow solid spots
- Unpleasant odours
- Onychomycosis is a nail fungus, and it is very widespread. It can appear on both hands and feet, mostly due to a humid and warm environment. Pay attention if your nails:
- Turned yellow or gray
- Crack or have white spots
- They become too hard and break easily
- Have a bad smell
Prevention of fungus, or how to treat fungus on the feet?
“Mycosis or foot fungus is an extremely unpleasant disease and can not be ignored by no means. As soon as you notice the first suspicious symptoms on the feet, you should immediately consult a dermatologist to correctly diagnose the problem and begin treatment. At the same time, if you visit swimming pools or gyms, you should be especially careful and strictly follow the personal hygiene rules.
Unfortunately, such places carry an increased risk of fungal infection, hence you need to take special care of your health,”- explains Dr. Myroslava Novosilska, PhD in Medical Sciences, dermatologist – oncologist, cosmetologist, contour injection specialist and founder of Aesthetic Medicine Clinic Myroslava Novosilska.
Gyms, fitness centers and swimming pools are places where you can easily pick up a nasty disease. It’s all because of the moisture and large number of people who use these facilities.
Of course, thorough cleaning, sterilization and proper care of the premises usually improves the situation, but does not guarantee 100% safety for visitors.
Thus, you need to take care of your own health:
- always put rubber flip-flops when using a shower
- use your own towels to get dried and put them on the gym simulators, always dry them well
- use your own shoes and wash it as often as possible, etc.
These basic rules will protect you from infection.
“Mycosis carries a number of hidden risks. In particular, it can damage the lymphatic system, reduce immunity, cause allergies. Therefore, jokes with this disease are extremely dangerous. I strongly recommend seeing a doctor immediately so that a specialist can accurately determine the type of fungus you are suffering from. The further course of treatment will also depend on this,” – Dr. Myroslava Novosilska explains.
At Aesthetic Medicine Clinic Myroslava Novosilska we use the comprehensive approach to treat patients with mycosis, using a number of professional tools and procedures.
In particular, we are talking about special wraps with the use of nourishing creams, treatment with antibacterial liquids, sprays saturated with silver, masks with urea, zeolite tinctures, regenerating booster creams etc. It is the comprehensive approach combined with professional diagnostics and individual selection of medicines that allows the Clinic’s specialists to solve the problems of patients with mycosis quickly and effectively.
The most effective way to treat nail fungus is laser treatment.
First of all, you need to confirm that you have fungus. Therefore, before the procedure, it is recommended not to file and cut nails, and not to use nail polish. If necessary and on the doctor’s recommendation, take the necessary tests.
Laser treatment of the fungus
The course consists of minimum 10 procedures taken once every two weeks, improvements are noticeable from the 6th procedure. It is recommended to treat all nail plates, not just those already affected, for prevention.
How to prevent the recurrence of fungus?
- Apply antifungal agents to all your shoes
- Do not put on socks on wet feet
- Do not use other people’s shoes and do not walk barefoot in public places
- Iron your socks
Feet crack, why does it happen and what to do?
Cracked feet are a type of dermatitis when there is a rupture of the upper layer of skin in the form of erosions or wounds, it occurs due to dryness and roughness of the skin.
The most common causes of cracked feet are:
- increased feet sweating (feet are constantly wet)
- uncomfortable and tight shoes
- wearing wet and dirty socks
- fungal diseases
- diseases of other organs
- skin disorders
- insufficient amount of vitamins A, E, C, as well as minerals
- wrong foot care (most often observed)
As we become older, we need to regularly and carefully care for our feet.
- get rid of tight shoes
- change socks frequently and make sure your feet are not wet
- avoid chlorinated water
- do not walk barefoot in the street
- do a pedicure regularly to avoid a thick layer of rough skin
- do not use a razor to remove the stratum corneum (horny layer of the skin)
- wash your feet daily in warm soapy water
Treatment of cracked feet
If cracks have already appeared, in addition to the usual care, it is necessary to treat them with brilliant green, apply cream to the affected areas, use ointments with antibiotics.
Cracks on the feet is not only an aesthetic defect. First of all, violation of skin surface leads to infection of the skin.
If you do not have a timely treatment, the affected area will begin to swell, and pustules may occur.
We use professional tools and procedures to repair damaged areas of the feet.
Specialists treat cracks with the help of professional tools and remedies.