Athlete’s Foot Treatment Specialist Questions and Answers
Athlete’s foot can be highly contagious but don’t worry, the treatment is available at Hicksville Podiatry. Dr. Davinder Bhela, DPM, provides comprehensive treatment for athlete’s foot. For more information, call us today or visit us online to book an appointment. We have 2 convenient locations to serve you in Hicksville NY, and West Hempstead NY.
What is an athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is fungal infection usually caused by people’s feet becoming very sweaty while entrapped in tight-fitting shoes. Athlete’s foot typically begins between the toes as this is the most common area for sweat to be trapped, allowing bacteria to grow and multiply. Other forms of fungal infection that are related to athlete’s foot include ringworm and jock itch. Athlete’s foot is highly contagious, with spread happening through clothing, towels and contaminated floors. It is identified by a red scaly rash that usually begins between the toes and spreads to the rest of the foot. The rash causes the skin to feel itchy, particularly after removing your socks and shoes, as well as causing a stinging and burning sensation in the affected areas. Athlete’s foot can often be treated through the use of over-the-counter antifungal medication used of the course of a couple weeks.
What causes an athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is caused by the growth of tinea fungus on the foot, which is the same fungus that causes jock itch and ringworm. It can be caused by the feet becoming very sweaty inside of tight-fitting shoes or by wearing damp socks and shoes, as these warm, humid conditions are prime for the organism to grow and spread. Athlete’s foot is highly contagious and can be spread through contact with contaminated surfaces or direct contact with an infected person. It can also be spread from the feet to the hands if you touch or scratch the infected area. Athlete’s foot can spread through clothes, shoes, towels, mats, rugs, or bed linens shared with an infected person. It can also pass from an infected to the person to other people by walking barefoot in public, shared spaces such as locker room floors, saunas, communal showers, and swimming pools. To decrease your risk of contracting athlete’s foot, ensure socks and shoes are completely dry before putting them on, wear footwear such as shower slides in shared spaces with wet or damp floors and don’t share shoes, socks, clothes or towels with other people.
What are the symptoms of an athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s good is usually identified by a red scaly rash that starts between the toes and spreads to the top or bottom of the foot. The rash can be accompanied by an itching sensation, which can be worse when you removed your socks and shoes. The rash can also cause itching and burning sensation in the feet, in the areas of the rash. Athlete’s foot can affect both feet or can be confined to just one foot. It can also be spread to the hands if you scratch or pick at the rash on your feet, so best to leave it alone and wash your hands immediately after touching the affected area. Blisters or ulcers can also be a symptom of some types of athlete’s foot. One variety of athlete’s foot, called the moccasin variety, can cause chronic scaling and dryness extending up the sides of the foot that is often mistaken for dry skin or eczema.
How is athlete’s foot diagnosed?
Athlete’s foot can often be diagnosed simply by looking at it and recognizing the typical red scaly rash on the foot and between the toes. If your doctor wants to confirm the diagnosis or rule out any other potential conditions, they may choose to take a skin sample from your foot and submit it to a lab for testing. Mild cases of athlete’s foot can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medication in the form of a cream, spray, ointment, or powder. You may need prescription medication if your athlete’s foot symptoms don’t clear up with over-the-counter treatment. Antifungal medications are also available as oral pills that can be taken in the case of severe cases.
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