Whether your training or just simply going through life you may encounter a condition called athlete’s foot. As the name implies, the area effected is the foot and it is caused by a fungus. It is accompanied by flaking, itching and usually burning on the bottom or sides of the foot. In college the rule was to never take a shower barefoot because someone always had athlete’s foot. If you haven’t already guessed, the mode of transmission is from person to person, so walking barefoot with athlete’s foot is not a good idea. What’s interesting is that less than 1% who are barefoot most of the time acquire athlete’s foot. The reason is because their feet are able to dry out and not retain as much moisture as it would in a tennis shoe. If you have seen the show Dual Survival you will get a chuckle out of watching Cody Lundin survive barefooted in the jungle, desert, swamp, and every other condition you can think of. However his feet are always healthy, and actually the rate of injury going barefoot is much less than wandering around with shoes.
Once you have athlete’s foot, the question is how to treat it. There are several over the counter treatments that people try although if the fungus is a hard to treat candida or yeast species you may have to go another route. One compound we find extremely useful for it is topical formulation of fluconazole and ibuprofen.
Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that exhibits antimicrobial activity against Candida albicans and non-albicans strains. It has been found to work very well when mixed with fluconazole. It actually increases the potency of fluconazole, essentially making it much stronger at a lower dose. Studies have showed the combination can also target the hard to kill candida strains and species that are typically resistant to fluconazole more efficiently. So the next time you have a fungal foot infection, give us a call and let us help you get rid of it faster!