Getting a case of athlete’s foot can be annoying, for several reasons. First of all it causes itching between the toes, as the skin becomes dry and scaly. Second, in more severe cases, it can form blisters, cracks, and inflammation. Lastly, it spreads very easily, so try to avoid touching the affected area. Athlete’s foot is caused by a virus that thrives in moisture and dampness and is especially virulent in warmer temperatures. It is often picked up in swimming pools, locker rooms, and gyms, and it can be spread within the home in the shower or tub. It’s a good idea to wear protective foot coverings in damp or moist areas, keep your feet clean and dried – especially between the toes – as much as possible, and change your socks often if your feet have a tendency to become sweaty. There are several antifungal sprays and creams available over the counter that may bring some relief. If the condition persists, it may be a good idea to consult a podiatrist who can evaluate its severity and offer appropriate treatment options for you.
Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Devin Bland, DPM from Prestige Medical Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.
What Is Athlete’s Foot?
Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.
The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:
Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.
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