What is Athlete’s Foot?

By August 10, 2017 July 3rd, 2019 Uncategorized

Athlete’s foot is a common skin problem caused by a fungus. Usually beginning on the skin between the toes, the fungus infection becomes scaly and itchy. Over time it may cause a break in the skin and become sore. Another term for athlete’s foot is tinea pedis.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms include:
– Itching
– Cracking and peeling skin between toes
– Soreness
– Blisters (occasionally)

How does it occur?
The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is everywhere in the environment. It is commonly from the floors of showers, locker rooms, and exercise facilities. The fungus likely grows on sweaty, constantly wet, or improperly dried feet (especially in shoes with poor ventilation).

How is it diagnosed?
We can usually diagnose athlete’s foot after examining your skin.

How is it treated?
The infection may clear up without treatment, but most fungal infections are treated with medicine put on the skin. If the infection is severe or widespread, we may prescribe a medication to take by mouth.

How can I help prevent athlete’s foot?
Follow these guidelines:

– Wear cotton socks when you exercise
– Change your socks every day
– Wear sandals or shoes with ventilation holes (a natural material like canvas or leather)
– Air out your shoes after wearing them
– Wear sandals when showering in a locker room
– Dry your feet well, especially between toes
– Apply an antifungal powder on affected area
– Disinfect shower and locker room floors

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