What is Athlete's Foot?
At Advanced Dermatology, we provide patients suffering from infectious diseases with professional evaluation and care at our four locations in Katy, League City, Pearland, and Sugar Land, TX. A fungal infection on the skin of the foot and toenails, athlete's foot is a contagious skin condition endured by men, women, and children of all ages. Also known as tinea pedis (skin) or onychomycosis (nails), this is not a life-endangering skin condition, but it can be uncomfortable and troublesome if not diagnosed and treated. Our dedicated teams work with people every day with this fungal issue. Request an appointment with one of our medical dermatology teams today.
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What Causes Athlete's Foot?
Athlete's foot occurs when fungus grows anywhere on the foot/feet, including the top, underside, heel, or toes. Anyone can get it, but it is often spread in gyms, locker rooms, swimming pools, showers, or other areas where the infected person walks barefoot. Wearing tight-fitting shoes, having sweaty feet, and minor skin injuries on the feet are also breeding grounds for this condition.
- Sharing shoes, socks, or towels with others
- Walking barefoot in locker rooms, showers, etc.
- Maintaining poor hygiene
- Covering feet in socks made of fabrics that do not keep moisture away from the skin
- Dressing in dirty and/or sweaty socks for more than one day
- Wearing moist or sweaty tennis shoes
What are the Symptoms of Athlete's Foot?
If your feet have red blotchy areas, are itchy, or have moist, or flaking skin, then it is possible that an infection may exist. We can often diagnose athlete's foot based on these types of symptoms alone. In some cases, a skin sample will be taken for biopsy.
How Can Athlete's Foot Be Treated?
Many women and men who get athlete's foot understand that they have a fungal infection and can safely use over-the-counter topical antifungal medications. If the infection persists or gets worse, then a visit at Advanced Dermatology is usually recommended. There are numerous prescription medications that can help treat the infection, including prescription-strength topical antifungals, as well as oral antifungal medications (itraconazole, fluconazole, or terbinafine). At times, oral antibiotics are combined with treatment to help with infected blisters which reduce inflammation and to prevent additional blisters from developing. It's crucial that you keep up your personal hygiene to stop the spread of the infection. This includes keeping your feet dry and soaking them in saltwater, or diluted vinegar to help accelerate the healing of blisters.
defeat Your Athlete's Foot
Athlete's foot can be severe or mild, can come and go, and worsens over time. Diagnosing the fungus and getting it treated will help reduce the risk of a return of this infection. If you believe you have a fungal infection on your feet, including the heel, sides, top and/or bottom, or between your toes and nails, please call Advanced Dermatology and make your appointment. We see patients in Katy, League City, Pearland, and Sugar Land, TX.