Athlete's foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes. The fungus most often attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment that encourages fungus growth.
The signs of athlete's foot can include the following:
Itching and burning, which may increase as the infection spreads
Blisters, which often lead to cracking of the skin.
When blisters break, small raw areas of tissue are exposed, causing pain and swelling. If an apparent fungus condition does not respond to proper foot hygiene, and there is no improvement within two weeks, consult a podiatrist.
The podiatrist will perform an exam and ask about your symptoms and medical history. The doctor may scrape a small skin sample from the affected area and look at it under the microscope to see if it’s a bacterial infection or a fungal infection. Other conditions may also look like athlete's foot. A definitive diagnosis is important to ensure a successful treatment.
Treatment aims to rid the body of the infection. Therapy will include good foot hygiene and proper medication. Many over-the-counter antifungal medications are available. Get medical care if the infection lasts for two weeks or more.
Maintain foot hygiene – keep your feet clean and dry
Gently wash your feet with soap and water at least once per day, and thoroughly dry them, especially the area between your toes.
Put a dusting of antifungal foot powder on your feet and in your shoes to absorb moisture.
Change your shoes and socks frequently.
Do not swim or go barefoot in public locker rooms when you have an infection. This will help prevent you from spreading the infection to other people.
Over-the-counter topical antifungal powders or creams may be helpful if the fungal infection is not severe. Prescription topical or oral medications may be more effective.
The doctor may prescribe an antifungal medication to be taken by mouth or applied to the feet. Be sure to make your doctor aware of any other medical problems you may have had, such as liver or kidney disease, or diabetes.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of Athlete’s foot, contact us today at (561) 123-1234 for effective treatment options. Early treatment will lower the risk of exposure to others and alleviate the painful symptoms associated with this condition.