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.
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 present as a rash, it can look like dry skin or peeling on your feet, or it can itch or burn, some may even develop cracks.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out from time to time
- pay special attention to wash well between each toe and dry well after the shower
- 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, dont wear the same ones every day, allowing time for your shoes to dry out
- Always wear appropriate shoe gear 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 and preventative measures for their shoes. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist when choosing a treatment. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you. Athletes foot can interupt the functioning of the largest organ of you body-- Your Skin!
Keep your skin supple and Healthy!
Advanced Foot & Ankle