Athlete’s foot can be quite annoying and occur on almost anyone’s feet. However, it favors men and is simply a fungal infection that impacts the upper layer of skin on your foot. Symptoms can include a red scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning. People with athlete’s foot can also have dry patches and raw, sensitive skin between their toes.
The fungus that causes athlete’s foot especially loves people’s feet who are sweaty and confined in tight-fitting shoes. Damp socks and shoes and warm, humid conditions create a great environment for the fungus to grow. Because of this, it is commonly found on gym or bathroom floors and in clothing. It is also quite contagious and can be spread by contact with an infected person or from contact with those contaminated surfaces.
Treatment can begin with an over-the-counter topical antifungal medication. If you have a rash on your foot that doesn’t improve within two weeks of home treatment, it is time to see a doctor. Also, if you have diabetes, see your doctor immediately if you suspect you have athlete’s foot as the condition can lead to more serious complications such as foot ulcers, cellulitis, and other bacterial infections.
The experts at Minor & James Podiatry can help you treat athlete’s foot and make your feet healthy and happy once again.