What are some common signs of athlete's foot?
Athlete's foot typically occurs in between the toes. A few signs of athlete’s foot include a red scaly rash that can cause itching, stinging, and burning. Sometimes athlete's foot can be mistaken for dry skin or eczema. Some types of athlete's foot can include blisters and ulcers. It is contagious and can be spread by contaminated floors, towels, clothing, and showers. It can also spread to your hands if you scratch or pick at the infected parts of your feet.
What causes athlete's foot?
Athlete’s foot is caused by the same type of fungus that causes jock itch and ring worm. A few condition that assist the organisms' growth include damp socks and shoes and warm, humid conditions.
How do I treat my athlete's foot?
Athlete's foot can be treated with over the counter (OTC) antifungal medications purchased at the drug store, but the infection often reoccurs. Podiatry offices typically carry a line of stronger OTC medications. Our office recommends Clarus Antifungal Cream and MaceRx, both of which are sold in the office.
When should you get it checked out by a physician?
If you have the rash or any of the signs of athlete's foot and you have tried self treatment for a few weeks it is recommended to see a doctor. You should seek medical advice sooner if you are diabetic or notice excessive redness, swelling, drainage, or fever as these can be signs of infection.