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Are your toes itchy and covered in a red rash? You may have tinea pedis, but don't be alarmed—that's just the official name for athlete's foot, a common condition regularly treated by your Fairfield County foot doctor, Dr. Peter Siroka. Although athlete's foot is annoying, it is very treatable. Read on to learn more!
What is athlete's foot?
The fungus that causes athlete's foot is the same one that causes jock itch or ringworm, all conditions that are characterized by an itchy, red, sometimes blistered rash. Athlete's foot usually starts between the toes, but it can spread to other areas on the foot, as well. It's also a contagious condition that thrives in damp, warm environments, so people who walk barefoot in public places like locker rooms or gymnasiums are at a higher risk for picking it up. If you have naturally sweaty feet or routinely wear dirty socks and tight-fitting shoes, the fungus is more likely to thrive on your skin. Your Fairfield foot doctor can usually recognize athlete's foot on sight—no diagnostic tests are typically needed to confirm.
How is athlete's foot treated?
There are a number of over-the-counter and home remedies available to manage the symptoms of athlete's foot, but they aren't always effective at killing the fungus completely. You're also at risk for re-infection if you don't properly clean all the surfaces and laundry that your feet may have come into contact with. Prescription medication, whether it's topical or oral, is only available through your Fairfield County foot doctor. Seeking the help of a podiatrist is especially important if you're diabetic, if the rash has ulcerated/looks infected, or if you think the fungus may be affecting your toenails as well.
If you think you may have a case of athlete's foot, contact the office of Dr. Peter Siroka, your Fairfield County foot doctor, for an evaluation and treatment. We are available at (203) 614-8185.
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!