A couple of months back I had an adverse affect to an Athlete’s Foot infection, well documented with gruesome photos here! I said at the time that I would review the very excellent product I used to combat the infection and also treat the reaction, known as ID.
What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s Foot is a skin condition that affects the sole of the foot and the skin between the toes. It is usually a scaly, red, itchy eruption and occasionally may be weepy and oozing. It is generally caused by a fungal infection. The medical name for Athlete’s Foot caused by a fungus is tinea pedis. There are a variety of fungi that cause Athlete’s Foot and these can be contracted in many locations and from contaminated socks and clothing. The fungi can also be spread directly from person to person by contact.
Signs and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot
There are three common types of fungal athlete’s foot
1. Found on the soles of the feet (“moccasin” type)
2. Found between the toes (“interdigital” type)
3. Inflammatory type or blistering type.
Most cases of Athlete’s Foot are barely noticeable with just slightly dry, flaky skin. A more extensive infection may appear red, peeling and dry on the soles of the feet, sometimes spreading onto the sides and tops of the feet. The space between the fourth and fifth toes also may have some moisture, peeling and dry flakes. The skin between the toes may split.
Athlete’s Foot is very contagious. Many people do not even realise that they have Athlete’s Foot at all, so essentially good foot hygiene is a must.
Treating Athlete’s Foot
As AF is a fungus we need to make the area less ideal for a fungus to thrive, so wearing cotton socks and keeping the feet dry and cool is a better prevention than having to find a cure! Wear shoes made of breathable materials and use powders in shoes to absorb moisture and treat fungus build up.
Many topical medications (i.e. creams applied to the skin) are available to treat an infection. A quick internet search will point out the most popular.
AF24 – A review
I tried treating my Athlete’s Foot infection using Canesten Dual Action Cream (containing Clotrimazole) but it had no effect. Very quickly, though, my infection went from ordinary Athlete’s Foot to an allergic rash called Dermatophytide (ID or IDE) possibly because I have sensitive skin. Essentially I was allergic to having Athlete’s Foot, if that makes any sense! The symptoms included blisters, swelling and an itchy, red, burning rash which covered the entire front of my foot. I couldn’t bend my foot at the height of the infection, it was very swollen.
From the AF24 website:
AF24 Spray is particularly suitable for treating athlete’s foot, when it has spread to larger areas of the feet. Like all other AF24 products, the spray contains only natural occurring chemicals and none of the toxic ingredients used in various other available products. How does it work? It builds on the human body’s own defences, by using natural acids to normalise the skin’s pH in the affected areas. Subsequently, the fungus that causes athlete’s foot will be unable to ‘survive’. Hygiene is key in the treatment (and prevention) of athlete’s foot. Because of its ‘no touch’ approach, AF24 Spray is not only easy to use but also the most hygienic way to go together with AF24 Clic & Go.
On spraying the product onto my skin I felt a slight burn, but knew from reading the blurb that this was a natural reaction. I used the product twice daily and within a day the infection was noticeably reduced. The slight burn sensation reduced on each application. Within three days the infection was almost cleared. I continued to use the product for seven days and also used a probiotic shoe powder made by the same company to ensure that any fungus left in any shoes was destroyed.
The infection was treated quickly and effectively and I am pleased to have found this product. It was bought over the counter in Boot the Chemist, so is widely available. Totally recommended!