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Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the feet that is typically characterized by itchy, burning patches of skin between the toes that may also crack or bleed. Since untreated athlete’s foot can spread to the toenails, it’s particularly important that you treat this problem as soon as you notice it. Athlete’s foot won’t typically clear up by itself; however, home remedies and treatments may be all you need to eliminate the fungal infection.
Treating Athlete’s Foot
If you are an otherwise healthy individual who is just dealing with an unfortunate bout of athlete’s foot chances are pretty good that you’ll be able to treat the problem on your own. There are a variety of over-the-counter antifungal creams and ointments that can be applied directly to the skin. Make sure to read and follow all instructions to ensure that the medication gets rid of the infection.
Along with properly treating your athlete’s foot it’s also important to keep feet as dry as possible. After all, fungus thrives best in warm, damp environments. By keeping feet dry you make it a less hospitable environment for this infection. This means wearing clean socks and shoes every day. Opt for socks with natural fibers, which are breathable and can wick away sweat. If your feet are particularly sweaty you can also apply an antifungal powder throughout the day.
When to See a Podiatrist
If you find that cracked, painful feet are making it difficult to stand or move around then this means it’s time to see a podiatrist for treatment; however, if the fungal infection isn’t impacting mobility then you may be able to treat the problem on your own with over-the-counter medications.
If you notice signs of an infection such as a swollen foot, pus draining from the foot, increased redness, or open sores it’s also important that you see a doctor right away. Antibiotics will be necessary in order to treat the infection.
If you are dealing with diabetes, nerve damage in your feet or other problems that impact the health of your feet it’s even more important that you see a podiatrist right away if you notice symptoms of athlete’s foot or other problems. Do not try to treat the infection on your own, as this could lead to more serious complications.
If you are dealing with persistent or recurring athlete’s foot it’s important that you also have a podiatrist that you can turn to for answers. While this condition may seem harmless it’s important that you don’t leave it untreated. A podiatrist can provide you with the treatment you’re looking for.
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!
Could that rash on your feet be caused by athlete's foot? Vineland, NJ, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Belancio shares common symptoms and explains what you can do to treat the uncomfortable condition.
Athlete's foot symptoms
The fungal infection responsible for athlete's foot causes a red, itchy, burning rash that typically forms on the soles of your feet and between your toes. You may also notice a few small blisters in the itchy area. These blisters tend to leak and may form painful sores when they break open. A bad smell can also be a symptom of athlete's foot.
Athlete's foot doesn't always cause a red, itchy rash. In some cases, you may only notice dry, flaky skin on your feet.
Athlete's foot is contagious
Tinea pedis, the fungus that causes athlete's foot, thrives in dark, damp spaces and can be spread from person to person easily. You may have caught it by walking barefoot on a locker room floor or pool deck or through direct contact with an infected person.
Sharing towels, sheets, socks or shoes with someone who has athlete's foot will increase your risk of developing the fungal infection. You may be more likely to develop athlete's foot if you have cuts or breaks in your skin, have eczema or have diabetes or a condition that affects your immune system.
Athlete's foot isn't always easy to treat at home
Mild cases of athlete's foot may well respond well to over-the-counter treatments. Unfortunately, if you have a stubborn or severe infection, drugstore store products might not clear up the rash and relieve the itching. If your symptoms don't improve with home treatment, we can prescribe prescription topical or oral anti-fungal medication during your visit to our Vineland office.
Do you still have athlete's foot despite weeks of home treatment? Call Vineland, NJ, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Belancio at (856) 839-0579 to schedule an appointment.