Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis)
Athlete’s foot is commonly seen in athlete’s, hence the name. It is a contagious fungal disease which affects the feet. It is majorly caused by sharing materials like shoes, socks, etc, with an infected person. This disease cause mostly itching, scaling, cracking and redness of the feet.
This article aims to discourage an act of sharing majorly safety boots/shoes, rain boots, socks, which is common in our workplaces.
When safety shoes/boots or rain boots are shared, there is tendency to get in contact with the athlete’s foot fungus.
Though athlete’s foot is not a very serious disease, it could be hard to cure sometimes; also, the disease may be more complicated if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system.
Since the severity of the disease may be difficult to ascertain, it is important to prevent it.
How you can contact athlete’s foot
You can contact the athlete’s foot fungus through direct contact with an infected person, or by touching surfaces contaminated with the fungus like floor, shoes, etc. The fungus thrives in warm and moist environments like showers, locker room floors, around swimming pools, etc.
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Acts that increase the risk of developing Athlete’s foot
- Sharing socks with an infected person
- Sharing shoes with and infected person
- Sharing towels with an infected person
- Wearing tight, closed-toe shoes, etc.
All these acts are very rampant in our job sites; these should be greatly discouraged.
Consider a diabetic or hypertensive worker developing tinea pedis because of sharing socks, shoes, etc.
Please as individuals and as health and safety practitioners, we should discourage this act in its entirety.