Common Aspects of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot is a type of fungal infection. It usually starts as a lesion between two toes. Athlete’s Foot is common among people who wear tight fitting shoes and who sweats excessively. It is also common among persons involved in professions that involves wetting of feet. Medically Athlete’s Foot is called tinea pedis. Athlete’s Foot is very similar to other common fungal infections of skin such as ringworm.ID-100215461

The lesion usually starts as itchy and scaly rash. There may be burning and stinging sensation in the lesion. This condition is contagious and can spread via towel sharing, sharing other cloths and contaminated floor. Treatment of Athlete’s Foot is not difficult and can be easily done using over-the-counter antifungal creams. The only thing to be remembered is to use the cream for Athlete’s Foot for appropriate duration. There is possibility of recurrence due to same infection resurfacing or getting new infection with same fungus.

What are the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot?

The symptoms of Athlete’s Foot include,

  • Scaly rash with itching, usually between toes. Itching is worst after taking off shoes and socks, especially at night
  • In some cases there may be blister or ulcer formation due to Athlete’s Foot
  • Athlete’s Foot can occur in one foot or affect both feet and in multiple sites. Sometimes it can occur in hands also.
  • In one variety of Athlete’s Foot, the lesion is usually dry and occur in the sole of foot/feet and there is scale formation and may be mistaken for dry feet or even eczema.

Who are at risk of developing Athlete’s Foot?

Risk of developing Athlete’s Foot include,

  • Athlete’s Foot is more common among men
  • If you have habit of using tight fitting shoes and damp socks and if you also have tendency to sweat more
  • If you have weak immune system you are at higher risk of Athlete’s Foot as well as other fungal infections and the infection is usually more severe among immune compromised individuals.
  • If you walk barefoot in public areas such as communal baths and showers, sauna, locker room and swimming pools.
  • If you work barefoot in field
  • If you share certain items with persons having Athlete’s Foot, such as rugs, mats, slippers, shoes, etc. you are at greater risk of developing Athlete’s Foot.

Treatment of Athlete’s Foot:

If it is mild, you can treat Athlete’s Foot on your own by using over-the-counter antifungal ointment, lotion or powder that are available easily. If it does not respond with over-the-counter antifungal ointment, lotion or powder, you can consult your doctor and he/she will prescribe appropriate antifungal medication for your problem.

 

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