Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis): Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention
Tinea Pedis, better known as Athlete’s Foot, is a skin disease caused by a fungal infection of the foot (usually between the toes).
Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot
• Cracked, Flaking, or Peeling Skin
• Red and Itchy Skin
• Burning or Stinging Pain
• Oozing or Crusty Blisters
• Discolored, Thick and even Crumbling Toenails
Athlete’s foot is highly contagious and can be passed either through direct contact or contact with items like shoes, socks, shower floors, etc.
Treatment of Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is very treatable with over-the-counter antifungal powders or creams and proper foot hygiene. However, if your fungus condition does not respond to proper foot hygiene or self-care within 1-2 weeks, call We Treat Feet Podiatry. We will determine if the fungus is the cause of the problem. If it is, a specific treatment plan, including the prescription of antifungal medication. A biopsy of the area may be needed in some cases to determine if a fungal infection is present.
If the infection is caused by bacteria, antibiotics, such as penicillin, that are effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria may be prescribed.
Preventing Athlete’s Foot
It is not easy to prevent Athlete’s Foot since the disease is usually contracted in dressing rooms, public showers, or swimming pools. However, there are several steps you can take to better protect your feet from this fungal infection, including:
• Practice good foot hygiene: Wash your feet daily with soap and water and dry carefully.
• Change your shoes and socks frequently to decrease moisture.
• Wear sandals or swim shoes in public swimming pools or showers.
• Wear shoes that are well ventilated and avoid plastic-lined shoes.
• Use anyfungal or drying powder if you are susceptible to contracting Athlete’s Foot.
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