Amphibian Disease Treatment May Fight Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's footJames Mason University biology professor Reid Harris has been working for years to develop probiotic solutions to cure fungal infections in frogs and other amphibians.

Now, he and a colleague are looking into a way to turn their antifungal medicine into a product that could treat athlete’s foot in humans.

They claim that although there are no truly effective treatments on the market right now, their method, which uses bacteria to fight fungus, could be more successful.

Anyone who has had athlete’s foot knows how irritating and unpleasant it can be. If you think you’re dealing with a fungal infection, call a podiatrist like Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel can diagnose your problem and care for it quickly and effectually.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools. This condition can also be prevalent in "commons" areas in prisons and residential care facilities.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Exfoliate
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.

What is Tinea?

- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.

People with a history of tinea or other skin infections are more likely to suffer from recurrent, or even additional, unrelated infections. Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness.

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