Back to School: Beware of Athlete’s Foot

Back to School: Beware of Athlete's Foot

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - We all know that frequent hand washing can prevent the spread of illness, but what about your feet?

Dr. Michelle Tarbox, a Dermatologist and Texas Tech Physician says the return to a new school year means older kids are introduced to showers and locker rooms in which fungal organisms can spread from feet to feet.

And she says if not treated, the bugs that trigger athlete's foot can spread to other parts of the body like the groin or even the scalp.

She offers this simple advice to parents... Even though students are not required to do this, Dr. Tarbox says, "The most important thing are shower shoes. If they've got kiddos in athletics, I think they should all be wearing some protective shoes in the shower to prevent not only the virus that causes fungal organisms but also the virus that causes warts."

And at home, Dr. Tarbox has a whole treatment plan that starts with Lysol in the shower so the fungus is not passed to the next person who showers.

Dr. Tarbox has a lot of advice on treating athlete's foot. She says, "Fungal organisms don't like UV radiation so you can put your shoes in the sunlight."

For the specifics on her Over the Counter advice, home remedies, even treating stinky shoes, watch the interview with Dr. Michelle Tarbox, a Dermatologist and Texas Tech Physician.

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