Yes, the fungus (tinea) that causes the infection is also responsible for other infections such as fungal nail infections, jock (dhobie) itch and ringworm. You should always treat athlete’s foot as soon as possible and use the preventative measures detailed above to stop the spread to other parts of the body.
It is not necessary to get rid of any shoes you have worn with athlete’s foot or to stop wearing them completely. Usually washing them and treating them with antifungal powder is enough to rid them of any fungus. If they are too tight or not breathable you should consider wearing them less and ensuring you feet are dry and in clean socks/tights when you do wear them.
Yes, athlete’s foot is very contagious. It is very important to follow the preventative measures detailed above to prevent spread and re-infection.
The tinea fungus can be carried by animals therefore they are a potential source of infection. You should look out of areas where they are missing fur as a symptom that they are carrying a fungal infection. It is important that both your pet and yourself are treated to stop the re-infection cycle.
No, it is not necessary for your child to miss school if they have athlete’s foot. You should however inform the school that they have athlete’s foot to allow them to put measures in place to prevent the spread including ensuring your child does not go barefoot.
You should always continue your topical antifungal treatment for at least a week after your athlete’s foot appears to have cleared up to ensure that all of the fungus has been killed and prevent re-infection.
There is no evidence to suggest that any of the natural treatments for athlete’s foot are effective. The longer you go without proper treatment means it is more likely that the infection will be harder to treat, have extra complications (such as bacterial infection) or spread to other areas of the body. We would always advise proper treatment with antifungal medicines.
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