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Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
Is athlete's foot affecting you? Athlete’s foot is a mildly contagious fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet. It is common and usually easily treated. Dr. Jacqueline Babol at Foot and Ankle Clinic, with offices in Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden and Kellogg, ID, offers treatments for athlete's foot.
What is athlete's foot?
Athlete's foot is a skin infection caused by fungus. It is caused by fungus growing on the skin. The fungus that causes the infection thrives in dark and moist places. You are more likely to get athlete's foot if you don't keep your feet dry and clean, share shoes or towels with other people, or have a weakened immune system.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of athlete's foot typically include itching, stinging, and burning. The skin on your foot may peel, and in severe cases, there may be some pain, cracking, and fissuring in the toe webs. Occasionally, athlete's foot causes blisters to form on the bottom of your foot. If left untreated, there is a risk that the infection will spread to your toenails.
How is it treated?
Many prescription medications are available to treat athlete's foot. Your podiatrist may have you apply a cream that contains medicine that destroys the fungus. If you have a severe case of athlete's foot, your doctor may prescribe a more powerful, oral antifungal medicine. Foot powders can help keep your feet dry. Absorbent socks that wick water away from your feet may also help.
Say hello to healthy and happy feet! Don't wait another minute- call Foot and Ankle Clinic at 866-303-3668 today to schedule an appointment in Spokane Valley, WA. Call 208-762-0909 to schedule an appointment in Hayden, ID. Call 208-762-0909 to schedule an appointment in Kellogg, ID. Your feet will be in expert hands with our experienced podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol.