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Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
What your podiatrists in Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, and Mount Clemens want you to know
The itching and stinging of athlete’s foot can drive you crazy. What can you do to relieve the discomfort? Fortunately, there are some simple remedies to both prevent and treat athlete’s foot. Your podiatrists at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers want to help. They have several offices located in Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, and Mount Clemens, MI, to help your feet feel better.
People with athlete’s foot often experience a scaly, red rash on their feet and toes. This rash can itch and sting, which will often get worse after removing socks and shoes. Athlete’s foot can also result in blisters or open ulcers appearing on your feet and toes.
Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus that thrives in warm, moist environments like public showers, locker rooms, gyms, and swimming pools. The easiest way to prevent exposure to the fungus is to always wear sandals or flip-flops when you enter public areas. Other ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:
- Always wearing dry socks, so if your feet sweat, change your socks frequently
- Always wearing light, breathable shoes and avoiding tightly fitting, uncomfortable shoes
- Never sharing towels, linens, socks, exercise mats, or shoes with others
If you think you may have athlete’s foot, begin using an antibacterial soap immediately and wash your feet at least once each day, more often if you sweat frequently. Keep your feet as dry as possible, and apply an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream to your feet and toes.
Remember that the fungus that causes athlete’s foot can spread, so don’t scratch or pick at the rash because the fungus can go under your fingernails and infect your fingers and hands. You can also spread the fungus to other areas of your body and to others. Remember to wash all sheets and towels in hot water after using them.
Your podiatrists at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers can help with stubborn cases of athlete’s foot. Common professional treatment includes a regimen of prescription oral and topical antifungal medications.
Don’t suffer from athlete’s foot when help is just a phone call away. Get some relief by calling the podiatrists at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers, with offices in Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, and Mount Clemens, MI. Call today!