OTHER SKIN CARE
Although these skin infections are classed as a minor nuisance, they can easily spread. Your skin and nails are designed to protect you, but occasionally they need a little help.
Treatment of Tinea Pedis (fungal skin infection – “athlete’s foot”)
Fungi love warm, moist environments to breed, so there’s nothing nicer than the perspiration from your poor hard working feet. Different types of antifungal treatments and preventative measures are available to help.
Treatment of Verrucae (plantar warts caused by viral infection)
A Verruca is a wart on the sole of the foot. Human Papilloma Virus or HPV is responsible for some types of wart including verrucae. As we’ve all become more aware, viruses can be spread in different ways, and affect different parts of the body. HPV is passed on by skin-to-skin, or skin-to-surface contact. This could be walking poolside after a swim, or sharing a towel to dry your feet with someone who might not know they have a verruca. HPV thickens the top layer of skin. Sometimes verrucae will clear up without treatment, but may need intervention if painful, spreading or you are somewhere you could pass the virus on to others.
Treatment of fungal nails (onychomycosis)
This is usually more unsightly than painful. The nail can become discoloured or crumbly. It can take a long time to clear, as sometimes the fungus needs to grow out with the nail. Sometimes the nail can be cut back to allow an antifungal preparation to be applied more effectively