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How Did I Contract Athlete’s Foot?

Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

Skin that is red and peeling between the toes can be indicative of a condition that is known as athlete’s foot. It is a fungal infection, and is caused by fungus that lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These can consist of public swimming pools, locker rooms, and communal showers. Additional symptoms may include severe itchiness, blisters, and the skin may become thick and cracked. Helpful prevention methods can involve wearing appropriate shoes while in these areas, followed by washing and drying the feet thoroughly. Athlete’s feet can cause pain and discomfort. If you think you are afflicted with this ailment, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe the necessary medication for an effective treatment.

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. Robert Graser from Graser Podiatry and Bunion Surgery Institute. 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 our office located in Boerne, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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