Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. It often occurs on the skin that is between or underneath the toes. It can also occur on the soles of the feet. The infection can spread from person to person (is contagious).
Causes of Athletes Foot:
Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus. This fungus grows in warm, moist places. Most people get athlete’s foot by sharing shower stalls, towels, and wet floors with someone who is infected. Not washing your feet or changing your socks often enough can contribute to athlete’s foot.
Risk Factors of Athletes Foot:
This condition is more likely to develop in:
- People who have a weak body defense system (immune system).
- People who have diabetes.
- People who use public showers, such as at a gym.
- People who wear heavy-duty shoes, such as industrial or military shoes.
- Seasons with warm, humid weather.
Symptoms of this Athletes Food include:
- Itchy areas between the toes or on the soles of the feet.
- White, flaky, or scaly areas between the toes or on the soles of the feet.
- Very itchy small blisters between the toes or on the soles of the feet.
- Small cuts on the skin. These cuts can become infected.
- Thick or discolored toenails.
Athletes Foot Treatments:
Treatment for this condition includes antifungal medicines. These may be applied as powders, ointments, or creams. In severe cases, an oral antifungal medicine may be given.
- Apply or take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your health care provider.
- Keep all follow-up visits as told by your health care provider.
- Do not scratch your feet.
- Keep your feet dry by wearing cotton or wool socks. Change your socks every day or if they become wet.
- Wear shoes that allow air to circulate, such as sandals or canvas tennis shoes.
- Wash and dry your feet every day or as told by your health care provider.
- Do not share towels, nail clippers, or other personal items that touch your feet with others.
Seek Medical Care if:
- You have a fever
- You have swelling, soreness, warmth of redness in your foot
- You are not getting better with treatment
- Your symptoms get worse
- You have new symptoms
If you or a loved one are experiencing athlete’s foot and are looking for an Irving Doctor, don’t hesitate to contact us at Kudo Care and schedule an appointment today. We look forward to helping you.