It’s important to take good care of your feet in winter, as this is precisely when feet are thickly wrapped in socks and winter shoes that the ideal conditions for a fungal infection arise. Good daily care of your feet is always important, especially if you want to wear sandals again in the spring.
Step 1: Avoid infection
Athlete's foot is very contagious and can be easily contracted in, for example, the bathroom, showers and changing rooms of gyms, swimming pools and saunas.
The fungus leaves behind very small, invisible to the eye, spores that spread through the residual skin flakes of infected persons. Humid and busy places, where people walk barefoot, form a breeding ground for mold spores.
Wearing flip flops reduces the risk of athlete's foot. It is also important to dry your feet well (including between the toes) after washing or exercising. It is also recommended to treat your (healthy) feet preventatively with a fungicidal product such as FunghiClear™, especially after visiting communal areas.
Step 2: Keep Shoes Clean
It is important that your shoes fit well, so that the skin cannot be damaged during intensive use. Make sure you change your shoes regularly and take good care of them.
For daily footwear, it is recommended not to wear the shoes for too long in a row (max 2-3 days in a row) before airing them well. For sports shoes and trainers, it is important to let them dry well after use.
To prevent possible (re-)infections with athlete's foot, it is a good idea to spray the shoes on the inside with one or two "puffs" of the FungiClear™ spray, both before and after use.
Step 3: Prevention at Home
Fungal foot infections are specific to the foot and toenail. These fungi actually grow well in the micro-environment of the skin and nail of the foot and are unlikely to thrive anywhere else on the body. However, partly due to the traces they leave behind, they are contagious and can still spread even after many months.
Often we see fungi spreading from one nail to the next or in different spots on the foot. But just as easily, the fungi move to other feet, for example those of family members with whom we share the bathroom.
Preventive use of FunghiClear™ is recommended to prevent fungal infections in healthy members of the household, as well as those who exercise actively. Spraying your feet and shoes with FunghiClearTM can help prevent fungal infections for the whole family.
Step 4: Consistent and Effective Treatment
Fungal infections are often very persistent, difficult to treat and easily recur even many months (or even years) after treatment. Two things are important to increase the chance of a cure and prevent re-infestation. First of all, the treatment must be continued for a long time (even if the symptoms have already disappeared).
In general, the minimum treatment time is three months and treatment up to 12 months is often recommended. For the elderly and people with reduced resistance, it is recommended to have the feet treated by a professional such as a pedicure at least twice a year.
Step 5: Good foot care
Finally, it is important for all of us to keep our feet in good condition at all times. This applies to active and passive athletes, young and old, healthy and ailing. And it is very important if you have a reduced resistance or often go to places where others walk around barefoot. After all, our feet keep us 'on our feet' and ensure that we can stay in touch with the rest of the world around us.
Give your feet the attention they deserve. Just as we brush our teeth every day and wash our hands, we can also take care of our feet daily with a good cream and a preventive natural spray such as FunghiClear™.