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Can Athlete's Foot Be Prevented?

Monday, 10 May 2021 00:00

A skin infection that develops on the foot is often referred to as athlete’s foot. It is caused by a fungus, and can develop into an uncomfortable foot condition. This type of fungus is often found in warm and moist environments, consisting of public swimming pools, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. Common symptoms of athlete’s foot can include redness, itchy skin between the toes and on the sole of the foot, and the skin may become dry and begin to flake. Additionally, it can affect the toenails, which may turn yellow and become thick. It is considered to be contagious, and it is suggested that preventive methods are used while in these types of areas. These can include wearing appropriate shoes, and refraining from sharing towels and socks. If you notice symptoms of athlete’s foot, please consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the proper treatment techniques.

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. Eugenio Rivera from Calo Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 Bellaire, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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