Lindsay Lohan, recently out of rehab, has come down with an acute case of athlete's foot. Friends of the 27 year old actress say that this is nothing new- she has had this condition in the past!
The "Mean Girls" star, whose eight part documentary premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network on March 9th, admitted that her feet are the most embarrassing part of her body.
"Lilo's horrified by her athlete's foot," revealed a friend. "She has no idea where she caught it because she's always so careful in communal bathrooms and spas. But she's suffered smelly feet ever since she was a teenager, and it's been a hugely embarrassing cross to bear.
"Last year she refused to dine at a traditional Japanese restaurant in New York because she had to take her shoes off."
Lohan has been plagued by athlete's foot in the past, most recently in 2010 when she was photographed leaving a friend's house in L.A. with a cloud of foot powder billowing out of her shoes.
"It's a recurring issue for her, but after that incident she doesn't use so much foot powder anymore," said another source. "Lilo's big enough to joke about it, though.
"Last month, she almost killed a private house party after taking off her shoes. She quickly put them back on, saying, 'Oh, did I put my foot in it again?'"
Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a skin disease caused by a fungus that usually occurs between the toes. The fungus attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment that encourages fungus growth. Warm, damp areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms are also breeding grounds for fungi.
Symptoms of athlete's foot include drying skin, scaling, itching, inflammation, and blisters between and on the toes. Athlete's foot can spread to the soles of the feet and to the toenails as well as other parts of the body, which is why timely treatment is so important.
You can prevent athlete's foot by:
- Not walking barefoot, particularly in public pools and locker rooms.
- Reducing foot perspiration by using talcum powder.
- Wearing light and airy shoes.
- Wearing socks that keep your feet dry, and changing them frequently if you perspire heavily.
Reference: National Enquirer
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