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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!
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.