Athlete’s foot is a common dermatological infection of the feet caused by fungus. The most common symptoms are cracked, flaking, peeling skin between the toes along with redness and itching. You may feel burning or stinging, and there may be blisters, oozing, or crusting. In addition to the toes, the symptoms may also occur on the heels, palms, groin, or elsewhere on the body.
What Is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, is a contagious fungus that thrives in warm and moist areas such as locker room floors. The fungal infection gets its informal name from a common way infection occurs – sweaty feet in tight-fitting shoes. Once infected, the fungus typically begins spreading from between the toes.
How to Prevent Athlete’s Foot
Because the fungus thrives in warm moist environments, it’s best to keep your feet from these situations. This means changing socks if they are sweaty, wearing breathable athletic sneakers, and letting shoes dry before wearing them again. You should also avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms.
Cure and Treatment
Athlete’s foot is usually managed through the application of over-the-counter antifungal powders or creams. Severe, ongoing infections that don’t respond after two to four weeks of self-care, and frequently recurring athlete’s foot, may require further treatment.
Stronger, prescription antifungal medications may be needed. Antibiotics also may be necessary to treat secondary bacterial infections that occur in addition to the fungus (for example, from scratching). After examining your particular condition, our Skin Cancer & Dermatology Institute Board-Certified Dermatologists will suggest a method of athlete’s foot treatment best suited for your symptoms.
Skin Cancer & Dermatology Institute has Greater Reno-Tahoe area locations to assist with athlete’s foot treatment.
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