Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes. The fungus most commonly attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment which encourages fungus growth. The warmth and dampness of areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms, are also breeding grounds for fungi. Athletes foot can be spread by direct contact with an affected area and many times there is no clear reasons why you get athlete’s foot.

The signs of athlete’s foot, singly or combined, are drying skin, itching scaling, inflammation, and blisters. Blisters often lead to cracking of the skin. When blisters break, small raw areas of tissue are exposed, causing pain and swelling. Itching and burning may increase as the infection spreads. Athlete’s foot may spread to the soles of the feet and to the toenails. It can be spread to other parts of the body, notably the groin and underarms.

Athlete’s foot is easily treatable. Dr. Iwu can recommend over the counter products for you or in some cases prescribe medication to treat and kill the fungus. If medications and over the counter products are not helping or the condition is recurring often a skin culture can be done to ensure that the right medications are being given.

Simple ways for you to prevent athlete’s foot:

  • Wear flip-flops or other shower sandals in public locker rooms and showers as well as by the pool.
  • Wash your feet thoroughly with soap and water twice a day. Make sure to dry the area completely.
  • Dry between your toes after swimming and bathing.
  • Change your socks as needed so your feet stay as dry as possible
  • Use antifungal powder on your feet.
  • Wear leather shoes or sandals, which let air get to your feet.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Watch closely for changes in the health of your feet.  Contact our office immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms, as they may be a sign of something more serious:

  • Your foot is swollen and warm to the touch, especially if there are red streaks. These could be signs of a possible bacterial infection. Other signs include pus, drainage, and fever.
  • You have diabetes or a weakened immune system and develop athlete’s foot.
  • Athlete’s foot symptoms do not go away within 2 to 4 weeks of self-care treatments.

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