Athlete's Foot

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:

Treatment

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!

 
Author
Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC

You Might Also Enjoy...

Effective Treatments for Tendonitis

Tendonitis is very common, but you don’t have to continue living in pain. Learn about what causes tendonitis, and the most effective ways to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by it.

Got Bunions? Know Your Treatment Options

Not only are bunions painful, but they also can make wearing certain footwear a challenge as well. You don’t have to keep struggling with them. Learn about the best treatment options to rid yourself of painful and uncomfortable bunions.

What are the Types of Plantar Warts?

Do you have a painful spot on the bottom of your foot that looks like a callus? Does it cause discomfort when you walk? Find out if you have plantar warts and how to treat it. Read on to learn more about the types of plantar warts.