Athlete’s foot or Tinea pedis is a common fungal infection of the foot. Fungus is normally present of our body and is usually not a problem if feet are clean and dry. When warm moist conditions occur the fungus can flourish. Athlete’s foot is contagious.
- Itching and burning between your toes or bottom of feet.
- Itchy, painful burning blisters.
- Dry, red, scaling skin between toes or in a moccasin distribution on soles of feet.
- Athlete’s foot is more common in men than women.
- Excessive moisture of feet, socks, shoes.
- Weakened immune system like in patients with diabetes or on medications that weaken the immune system.
- Secondary bacterial infections can develop as a result of athlete’s foot and can be very dangerous. A fungal infection can disrupt the integrity of the skin allowing bacteria to enter. Scratching the skin due to the intense itch associated with athlete’s foot can also introduce bacteria.
- Keep your feet clean and dry. Especially between toes.
- Control excessive sweating of feet.
- Socks selection is very important. Wear socks that wick moisture away from your skin. There are a variety of synthetic wicking socks available.
- Change your socks daily or if they become moist.
- Astringent foot soaks will help to decrease moisture.
- Wear natural made shoes like leather. Avoid plastics and rubber.
- Alternate shoes. Shoes are perfect incubator for fungus. Allow them to dry out at least 24 hours between wear.
- Don’t walk barefoot in public areas. Wear sandals or aqua socks.
- Practice good foot hygiene
- OTC medications work well. For between the toes use a anti-fungal solution or gel. Not cream. For the bottom of the feet use creams or lotions.
- If the infection does not go away contact your doctor for a prescription strength topical medication. In severe cases an oral medication may be necessary.
- If there is a secondary bacterial infection you may also require an oral antibiotic.
If you are diabetic, have poor circulation or have a compromised immune system seek medical attention immediately.
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