Foot Care

What Should I Do about Athletes Foot & Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be one of the most wonderful times in a woman’s life and the expectation of bringing a new life into the world is something that many of us enjoy during that time.

There are also a number of problems which can occur which are annoying, to say the least.

A good example of this is athletes foot & pregnancy and although it is not a life-threatening situation, it certainly is something that the majority of us would like to get taken care of as early as possible.

Here is a little bit of information about it and some possible solutions for relief.

The first thing that you should understand about athletes foot & pregnancy is that you should not be taking any over-the-counter medications without the direct consent of your OB/GYN or family doctor.

Although some people will disagree, most of the topical ointments and sprays that you would put onto your feet in order to treat this problem would be absorbed to a certain extent into the skin and entered directly into the bloodstream.

Some of these chemicals may be dangerous for an unborn child, especially in the earlier stages of pregnancy.

Don’t use over-the-counter medication before it gets cleared for use by a medical professional.

If you have a little bit of time before you are scheduled to see your doctor, there are some natural treatments that may be able to help to give you some relief along the way.

A good example of a natural treatment that many people use is tea tree oil.

Spread this on the skin liberally in the area of the infection and the anti-fungal properties in the tea tree oil will help to reduce the problem to a certain extent.

If the skin is not overly cracked and dry, you can also soak your feet in warm water with Epson salt or perhaps even apple cider vinegar.

Be careful when doing this, as open sores can make this quite an uncomfortable experience.

It might also be possible that you are not dealing with the problem of athletes foot & pregnancy, as other problems that are common to pregnant women can mimic the athlete’s foot signs to a certain extent.

A good example of this is dehydration, and many pregnant women experience this regularly.

Keeping yourself hydrated properly is not only important for keeping away dry skin and other conditions like this, but it is also imperative for your overall health and for the health of your unborn child.

Remember, we are made up primarily of water so make sure that you are giving your body what it needs in order to keep going.

One final thing that you should do is to make sure that you wash all of your shoes and socks in hot water in order to kill the fungus that may be inside of them.

It might also be a good idea for you to pre-spray your shoes with anti-fungal medication and then wash them.

This will help to keep the fungus from getting out of hand and it will give your feet a chance to breathe while they are in the wash.

[Read Also: Fungal Nail Infection: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatments]

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