Can you get athlete’s foot after giving someone a foot massage?

In response to the above enquiry.

First, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and immediately with a lot of soap and scrubbing after you give someone a foot massage.

Again, wash the hands thoroughly and immediately with a lot of soap and scrubbing after you give someone a foot massage.

The athlete’s foot fungus, tinea pedis, will deposit itself on the hands.  If the hands are not washed thoroughly after giving someone a foot massage, the fungus will stay on the skin of the hands.  If one picks one’s nose afterwards, the fungus will get into the nostrils.

The skin on the hands will dry out, become scaly and itch and crack.  The usually healthy and moist insides of the nostrils will become dry.  Both conditions indicate that there is a “prospering” fungi culture on the skin of the hands and inside the nostrils.

If these conditions are present, washing the hands with soap will no longer rid the skin of the fungi.  The only way to get rid of the fungi on the skin and inside the nostrils is to wash the hands and the insides of the nostrils with hydrogen peroxide.  One can use a Q-tip dipped in hydrogen peroxide to wash the inside of the nostrils.

Another indication is that when you shake hands with someone who has dry and cracked skin on the palms, you will end up having itchy skin on the palms.  You have been infected by the fungi on that person’s skin.  It takes only one hand shake for the “transfer” to occur.

The same applies when you touch or rub the feet of someone who has athlete’s foot.  The fungi from the feet will “transfer” to you hands.

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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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