The serious issue of a foot rot which most of us ignore Ben Stookesberry and a group of professional kayakers journey through the remote and wet jungles of Papa New Guinea. They attempt a first ever descent of the Beriman River. It is a daunting 40km run lined with limestone walls and no way out but to ride to the ocean. While they are still on their ongoing journey, they experience something called Foot Rot. “It is a burning sensation. You feel like your feet are on fire. The pain is sharp and intense at the same time. It is hard to describe if you haven’t experience it yourself.” said Ben Stookesberry. “It starts to blister and eventually bleed.” He added.
What Is A Foot Rot?
Foot rot, as the name suggests, is a condition where your foot starts getting rotten due to its exposure to moisture for a long time. It happens because it is exposed to the fungus that causes foot rot. Foot rot is also called athlete’s foot or trench foot. For most people, the cracking or peeling skin or the crumbly, yellow toenails that the fungus causes are an itchy, painful irritation. But for some people, it’s a serious condition. “By the end of the trip, we could barely walk,” says Stookesberry.
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The Dangers Of A Foot Rot
Your foot starts getting numb, the skin starts to peel off, you get blisters and the condition is just disgusting. The pain is also intense. The cracks happening due to natural oil getting sucked by moisture, is very painful and difficult to treat. The greatest danger of not treating the foot or toenail fungus is that it can spread to other parts of the body, such as the hands and groin.
How Can You Avoid Or Treat It
- Wearing the waterproof shoes will not help you in any way.
- Wear thin socks, which don’t absorb as much water as thicker socks. When you take a break, take off your shoes and socks to let it dry.
- These infections just don’t go away on their own. So if you think you have a foot or toenail fungus, first and foremost, go to a dermatologist to figure out your exact problem.
- The dermatologist may prescribe the pill for you to take for 2 – 3 months.
- Over the counter cream may help if your foot fungus infection is only on the skin of your feet.
- The creams are better as they completely coat the foot and treat the entire skin surface.
- Make sure that you get in between the toes, because that’s where most of the problems happen.