70% of us will develop athlete’s foot in our lifetime. It’s unpleasant and unsightly, but it’s a common affliction that’s easily treated.

What is athlete’s foot/ tinea?

Athletes foot is a fungus called trichophyton. It infects skin, most commonly feet.  It generally thrives in warm damp environments – such as between your toes – causing burning, itching, redness, stinging and flaking[1]. Over time, if left untreated, this can cause skin cracks that could become infected.

How do you catch it?

The fungus is common on floors and clothing. It requires a warm moist environment to grow, so the insides of shoes are perfect breeding conditions. It can be spread via direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, or via contaminated towels, floors and bedding[2].

How can it be treated?

There are a variety of expensive anti-fungal medications that are available over the counter or from your doctor.

However if you want a more natural solution, try ManukaRx® ointment.  It contains a naturally-occurring oil from the manuka tree. This oil is rich in organic antibacterial compounds called β-triketones[3] which disable the fungus, helping to restore your feet to health. The ointment also contains sunflower seed oil, castor seed oil, cocoa butter, beeswax,and shea butter. These ingredients moisturise skin to keep it soft and comfortable; they also assist with skin regeneration.

How can you prevent it from coming back?

Wear footwear that breathes, as plastic-based shoes create perfect warm damp conditions for tinea.  Wear jandals at the pool and other places where bare feet and warm damp environment offer optimum breeding conditions. Wash and dry feet thoroughly[4].

You can also use ManukaRx® ointment as prevention. The moisturising ingredients will ensure your feet are soft and supple, and the manuka oil will help to keep the fungus away.

[1] http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/261244.php

[2] http://www.healthline.com/health/athletes-foot#causes3

[3] https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11094-009-0338-4

[4] http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/athletes-foot-prevention