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Dealing With Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot, which is a fungal infection termed tinea pedis, often causes an eruption of blisters between the toes or on the bottom of the foot. The blisters are filled with a clear liquid, which in and of itself is not problematic. Other symptoms can include scaling skin, redness, and itchiness. It is important to know that the fungus that causes athlete’s foot is extremely contagious and can easily spread to other body parts. Be sure to wash your hands after touching the infected area. Men, people who are diabetic, and anyone with eczema may be more likely to become infected with athlete’s foot. The best way to prevent coming into contact with the fungus that causes athlete’s foot is to wear foot coverings in warm and moist public areas. This includes shower rooms and locker areas at gyms and swimming pools. If an athlete's foot infection does not react to common treatments, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can examine the affected foot, and test the infected area to provide appropriate treatment measures. 

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 Mark Majeski, DPM from Main Street Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our practitioner 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 Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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