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Athlete’s Foot

This article does not constitute as medical advice.
If you are experiencing symptoms of Athlete’s Foot, contact your doctor or make an appointment.

What is Athlete’s Foot?

You don’t have to be an athlete to get Athlete’s Foot! This fungal infection on the feet is usually seen between the toes but may also spread to the sides of the foot. Common symptoms include itching or burning sensations. The fungus that causes this condition thrives in wet and damp conditions and spreads easily but can be prevented by simple precautions like keeping feet and shoes clean and dry; wearing sandals or flip-flops at pools and public showers.

Causes of Athlete’s Foot

 

Bare feet in public showers and around swimming pools

Feet in closed shoes that do not get adequate ventilation

Damp socks and shoes not dried properly

Excessively sweaty feet not cleaned and dried

Sharing socks or shoes with someone who is infected

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Itching, scaly skin between the toes

Peeling and flaking skin on the sides of the foot

Inflammation

Blisters

Rash that speads to your hand after touching the infection

Treating Athlete’s Foot

 

Over-the-counter medications like clotrimazole.

Adequate cleaning and drying of feet

Products that control excessive sweating

Use of clean and dry cotton socks

Footwear that allows ventilation

Make an appointment with our office if your infection does not improve with home treatment after 1-2 weeks

**Be sure to make an appointment if you are diabetic and notice symptoms of excessive swelling, redness, or fever

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athlete's foot

Common symptoms include rashes or scaly feet

Athlete's Foot at Public Pools

This condition can be spread by not wearing shoes at public pools and locker rooms.

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