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How Does Athlete's Foot Occur?

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 00:00

A common fungal infection of the skin on the feet is known as athlete’s foot. It typically affects the skin between the toes and the bottom of the feet, and it is considered to be contagious. The fungus that causes this condition often lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These can include public swimming pools and surrounding areas, and shower and locker room floors. There are measures that can be taken which may help to prevent this ailment from developing. These can consist of wearing appropriate shoes while in public areas, wearing dry socks and shoes, and sharing towels should be avoided. The noticeable symptoms that are associated with athlete’s foot are itchy and burning sensations that are felt on the bottom of the feet, and the skin between the toes may appear to be red and flaky. An effective treatment option can include using an antifungal powder or cream, in addition to taking prescribed medication for severe cases. If you have developed athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

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 one of our podiatrists from Piedmont Podiatry Associates. Our doctors 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 Greenville, and Easley, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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