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Athlete's Foot

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Video Transcript:

Here’s another daily tip from your local dermatologist.

Alright, let’s talk about athlete’s foot. Now we all get it from time to time, and what happens is, a fungus starts growing on our feet, mostly because our feet stay damp and moist, and that’s a perfect breeding ground for fungus to develop.

So if you have very sweaty feet, one thing that I really encourage you to do, is take a couple of pairs of socks to work. When you start to feel that your feet are getting sweaty, just take off the sweaty pair of socks and put on a nice dry pair of socks. Another trick is to use two layers of socks. So the layered sock that goes right against your skin is a wicking layer. It’s very thin, and you can find these on Amazon or any other store. And the second layer is your normal cotton layer. So what happens is the wicking layer takes the moisture away from your foot and transfers it to the outer layer, and then you just replace those socks.

Now also, please make sure that you’re changing out your shoes every day. So you wear one pair one day, another pair the next, and you go back to the initial pair. What that will do is it allows those shoes to completely dry overnight before you put them on. Last thing you want to do is put on shoes that are still moist from the day before on your feet.

And the last is, it kind of goes without saying, but please take your shoes off when you get home. Do not wear your shoes to sleep. 

Dr. Reagan Anderson is a local dermatologist from Colorado Springs.

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