One of the most common symptoms that can accompany athlete's foot is the peeling of skin between the toes and on the bottom of the feet. It is caused by a fungal infection that can enter the body through tiny cracks in the skin of the feet. This fungus thrives in warm and moist environments, which can include public swimming pools, locker rooms, and surrounding areas. It is considered to be contagious, and wearing appropriate shoes while in these areas may be instrumental in preventing the spread of athlete's foot. Additional symptoms of this uncomfortable condition can consist of itchy feet, and in severe cases, small blisters may form. Relief may be found when the feet are washed and dried thoroughly and an antifungal powder is used. It is suggested that patients who have athlete’s foot are under the care of a podiatrist, who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.
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. Richard Silverstein from Union Foot Care. 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.
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
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:
- 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 Havre de Grace, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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