Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that usually develops between your toes. It's caused by the same organism that causes nail fungus. Athlete's foot can be very irritating, and it's also persistent and easily spread. If you experience symptoms of athlete's foot, get treatment now so you can minimize its effects and start healing quickly.
Athlete's foot can cause a number of symptoms, such as:
Although athlete's foot is usually confined to your feet, you could spread the fungus elsewhere on your body if you scratch and then touch another part of your skin without washing your hands first.
If your symptoms don't abate with a week or two of over-the-counter antifungal treatments, daily washing, and keeping your feet clean and dry, it's time to see your Foot + Ankle Specialty Centers podiatrist for a stronger professional treatment.
Your podiatrist may prescribe a powerful antifungal medication in topical or oral form. It's also very important to keep your feet clean as you recover from the infection, so your podiatrist will likely recommend daily foot washing along with careful drying. If you have a secondary infection due to ruptured blisters, you may also need oral antibiotics.
Moisture is the enemy when it comes to athlete's foot, so be sure to wear shoes in any damp environments like public swimming pools, where fungi can multiply quickly. Change your socks and shoes if your feet get wet or sweaty, and consider using powder in your socks to help keep your feet dry.
If you're living with someone who has athlete's foot, clean the bathroom well after they use it to avoid picking up the infection. Your podiatrist may also recommend using antifungal products on a regular basis to deter infection.
To get professional help with persistent athlete's help, count on the Foot + Ankle Specialty Centers experts. Book your appointment through the online scheduler or by phone now.