If you already thought that feet were kind of nasty, things are about to get a whole lot worse. A cesspool of bacteria can grow on your feet, causing foot infections and diseases. Some of these creepy body antagonists look weird and feel painful. Seriously, athlete's foot is mild compared to the smelly pus that can ooze out of viral blisters or diabetic ulcers.
Start mentally preparing for the worst types of foot diseases to be forever implanted in your brain. Don't worry too much, though. Almost everything can be treated and managed really well these days, but if you wait too long, you may be in trouble.
Athlete's Foot Is A Fungus That Thrives In Warm Shoes And Socks
Athlete's foot is a fairly common fungal infection that results in dry, itchy, scaly, cracked feet. The skin visibly turns red in severe cases and gives a burning sensation. You can get it by walking around barefoot and picking up something nasty on your feet, or from constantly wearing damp shoes and/or socks.
Luckily, it's preventable by wearing flip-flops in public spaces, keeping the feet dry, washing them well every day, and wearing breathable socks. If you do contract athlete's foot, there are over-the-counter fungal creams, sprays, and powders at the pharmacy that will attack the fungus and resolve the infection within a few days.
Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease Is A Contagious Viral Infection
Appearing most often in infants or children, hand-foot-and-mouth disease kind of starts out like the flu, with a fever, sore throat, and nausea. And then it transforms into something disturbing: blisters and ulcers in the mouth or palms of the hands as well as skin rashes.
It's a viral infection that gets picked up from infected surfaces and transferred from person to person through the air and close contact, like kissing. The infection is treatable through over-the-counter medications.
Gout Is Painful And Affects The Big Toe Joint
Many people have heard of gout and assume it's an old-timey disease that no one gets anymore. But actually it's still a thing; it's a form of inflammatory arthritis that causes severe pain, tenderness and swollen joints in the hands and feet.
The Arthritis Foundation explains that gout is usually seen in adults over 60 who are also overweight, and you get it by having high levels of uric acid in the blood. So those with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes are most at risk. There are medications that can be taken to reduce inflammation and pain.
Psoriasis Causes Patchy And Scaly Red Skin
The skin on the feet should be perfectly fleshy colored and smooth, but when you have psoriasis, everything gets thrown out of whack. It's an autoimmune condition caused by a fungus, and it carries similar symptoms to athlete's foot but with the added annoyance of swollen joints and pitted nails.
There are various topical treatments and medications to alleviate the symptoms, but even when it goes away, it usually strikes again.