A fungal infection is the reason why many patients develop athlete’s foot. Typically, a rash may form between the toes and on the bottom of the foot. It may be accompanied by an unpleasant odor, and can cause severe redness and itching. It can develop from frequenting public swimming pools, locker rooms, and surrounding areas. Research has indicated the type of fungus that can cause this condition lives and thrives in these places and similar environments. Additionally there are certain medical conditions that can affect the skin, and may cause athlete’s foot. These can consist of impetigo and cellulitis. Mild relief may be found when the feet are clean and kept dry, and it may help to use an antifungal cream for mild cases. If your feet feel uncomfortable, and you think you may have athletes’ foot, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.
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 Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M from Florida. Dr. Klein 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:
- Thoroughly washing and drying feet
- Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
- Using shower shoes in public showers
- Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
- Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot
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:
- Scaly and peeling skin
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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