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Dealing With Athlete’s Foot Infection

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot, a type of tinea infection caused by a fungus, thrives in warm, moist environments, making your feet an ideal breeding ground. However, it's not just athletes who are at risk. Anyone can develop this irritating skin condition. The symptoms of Athlete's foot vary depending on the affected area of the foot involved, ranging from a red, flaky rash to itchy blisters and discolored nails. Some cases of athlete’s foot may require prescription medication, especially if the infection persists or spreads. If you're experiencing recurring symptoms, have multiple affected areas, or notice pus or discharge, it's of extreme importance to seek medical attention from a podiatrist. This foot doctor can accurately diagnose the problem and recommend an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your needs. Maintaining good personal hygiene and keeping your feet dry are essential steps in preventing athlete's foot. If you need help managing tinea infections, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth Podiatry. 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 Lake Worth, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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