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http://www.onislam.net/english/oimedia/onislamen/images/mainimages/HaveaSafe-Summer-Without-RWIs_1.jpgFor a fun and safe summer, awareness of certain recreational water illnesses (RWIs) is important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “RWIs are illnesses that are spread by swallowing, breathing, or having contact with contaminated water from swimming pools, spas, lakes, rivers, or oceans.”

One of the many RWIs of concern for the summer is athlete’s foot. Swimmers should be wary of shower areas in public swimming pools and beaches that do not have proper drainage, as they could easily transfer athlete’s foot or tinea from one swimmer to the other. Feet should be kept dry as much as possible to prevent contraction of the disease.

Athlete’s foot is a disease that is easily transferrable from one person to another if not careful. If you have any concerns regarding athlete’s foot, see podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can assist you with any of your foot and ankle concerns.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a very contagious form of fungus, which can infect persons usually resulting in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. Treatment is often difficult, because of its contagious and reoccurring nature. Tinea pedis is the fungus which causes athletes foot, and is found to survive in moist humid areas.

Common places found:

-shower floors            
-public changing areas
-locker rooms
-Gyms                        
-bathrooms                            
-public swimming pools
-socks and shoes        
-dormitory style houses                      

What is Tinea Pedi?

Is the same fungus which causes ringworm, and is known to be spread by direct contact of the infected body part. Or infection can spread by touching other objects and body parts which have been exposed to the fungus. Tinea Pedi is mostly found on the feet, because it is the ideal place for it to thrive on.

Treatment & Prevention

Because of its reoccurring nature of tinea fungus and athletes foot, the best way to treat this condition is with prevention. By taking the necessary precautions such as:

-Wear flips-flops or sandals in locker rooms and public showers.
-Use powders to keep your feet dry
-Keep your feet exposed to light and cool air
-treating athletes foot with special creams/sprays

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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