Anette Thompson, one of our expert podiatrists, sent through these helpful tips for how to deal with a fungal infection in the foot. For the first time ever, we’re able to offer the information in two languages – English and Zulu!
What is a fungal infection?
Fungal infections in the foot are also called ‘athlete’s foot’, although not only athletes can suffer from them. The infection can be just in the nails or in the skin or spread to both skin and nails. Fungal spores thrive in warm, moist environments like shoes or boots that do not allow the foot to breathe.
What does a fungal infection look like?
You will have dry skin, itching, scaly skin circles or blisters that break open, sometimes redness. Fungal infections of the toenail cause a change in colour of the toenail with streaks of brown or green or purple or yellow. These break down the nail surface, making it crumble and also thicken.
What makes it worse?
Damp, soggy skin encourages fungal growth, which also invades dark, damp corners of your shoes. You must wipe out the inside of your shoes with bleach (like Domestos or Jik) or Fungisolve solution to kill the fungus . Be aware that tight fitting shoes can also cause excessive sweating.
Avoid plastic shoes and wear socks when wearing safety boots. Try to prevent a fungal infection by practising good foot hygiene. Wash your feet regularly with ordinary soap and dry them very, very well, especially between the toes. Reduce sweating by using baby powder between toes or anti-perspirant spray between toes. Wear light, breathable shoes if possible. Any foot file or stone or nail scissors that you use must also be disinfected in bleach and water. Dettol and Savlon do not kill fungus.
Treatment of fungal infection
If you already have a fungal infection in the skin of your feet, you will need to very lightly rub any hard skin with a stone or foot file, and then apply an antifungal ointment from the chemist. If your toenails are infected, you will need to consult a podiatrist. They will thin the nails down with special instruments so that you can apply prescription medication such as Loceryl 5%.
These foot facts are brought to you by Anette Thompson and Vuyisile Nkalane, podiatrists at A T A Podiatrists Durban. 031-201 9907
ISIFO SEZINYAWO ESITHELELANAYO
Isifo sezinyawo esithathelanayo (fungal infections) esiyaye sibizwe ngokuthi amatekenye. Amagciwane angaba ezinzipheni kuphela noma esikhumbeni noma kukho kokubili. Amagciwane athanda ukuhlala endaweni emanzi, eswakeme, efudemele ngenja phakathi kwecathulo ezingangenisi umoya.
Ubona ngesikhumba esilumayo, esomile, ungaba namashashazi amancane avulekayo kwesinye isikhathi siba bomvu. Uba nezilonda ezincane ezimhlophe ezibuhlungu, ezilumayo ezinukayo ngaphakathi kweminwe. Kwesinye isikhathi iminwe iyaye ishintse umbala ibe nemigqa ephuzi noma empunga ekhukhumele futhi evuthuke.
Qikekela kuthi awugqoki izicathulo ezingenziwe ngesikhumba futhi ugqoke amasokisi uma ugqoke amabhuzi. Izicathulo ezinomuswakama nezingalitholi ilanga zenza leligciwane lidlondlobale.Zivikele ekutholeni lesifo ngokuqinisekisa ukuthi izinyawo zihlezi zihlanzekile. Geza izinyawo ngensipho ejwayelekile uzisule kahle kakhulukazi phakwathi kweminywe. Nciphisa ukujuluka kwezinyawo ngokusebenzisa upowder wezingane enyaweni noma usebenzise imithi eyehlisa ukujuluka kwezinyawo. Qaphela ukuthi izichathulo ezimpintsanayo ziyalujulukisa izinyawo. Kumele usebenzise ujik namanzi ukuhlanza izinto zokunquma izinzipho. Idettol nesevlon ayisilaphi lesifo. Kumele usule ingaphakathi lezicathulo ngeJik noma Fungisolve ukubulala amagciwane.
Uma usunalesifo kufanele usebenzisa izinto zokuchopha izinyawo bese ugcobisa umuthi wokubulala amagciwane ongawuthola emakhemisi. Uma lesisifo siseminweni kufanele ubone udokotela wezinyawo. Kunezindlela ezehlukene zokulapha izinzipho okubalwa khona ukugcobisa umuthi ongawunikezwa udokotela wezinyawo noma i- laser, noma Loceryl 5%.
Amaqiniso ngezinyawo… uyilethelwa ngokukhathalela izinyawo ezinempilo ngu Anette Thompson Kanye noVuyisile Nkalane, A T A Durban. 031-201 9907