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The Fungal Infection Known as Athlete’s Foot

Monday, 01 April 2019 00:00

Athlete’s foot may affect the majority of the population sometime in their lives. Uncomfortable symptoms may include dry and itchy skin, and may often be noticed between the toes. The bottom of the foot may also be affected, and patients may notice bleeding or cracked skin. This type of fungus thrives in warm and moist environments, and is considered to be contagious. These areas may include public pools and locker rooms, in addition to shower room floors. Preventive measures can be implemented which may prevent athlete’s foot from occurring. These may include washing and drying the feet thoroughly, wearing appropriate shoes while in public areas, and changing shoes and socks often. If you are afflicted with athlete’s foot, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer proper treatment techniques.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Larry J. Kipp from Florida. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in New Port Richey, and Delray Beach, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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