Athlete’s Foot is a fungal infection that can be acquired through direct contact with someone who has the fungus or by coming into contact with compromised surfaces. The fungus that triggers this condition tends to thrive in warm and damp areas. It’s found in gym locker rooms, swimming pools and other public areas. Athlete’s foot makes your feet itch and burn between the toes and can cause the skin to crack. Most types of athlete’s foot can be treated on your own with store bought lotions.
Treatment involves the use of medical prescriptions, such as antifungal medications that are either topical or oral and are rubbed directly onto the infected skin. Antibiotics will be prescribed if swelling does not subside within a month or a fever is present to battle any bacterial infections that may be present. Keeping your feet dry with foot powder in your shoes is very accommodating and daily hygiene through bathing of toes is necessary to evade athlete’s foot. If a family member develops this ailment, it could be necessary to sterilize showers after each use to prevent another person from becoming infected since the fungi can linger until it is removed. Open toed shoes can help the foot get air to combat this infection, especially in warm climates. The areas between toes must also be kept dry after they become wet as fungi also grow in the dampness between them.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that is easily transmitted. It can become overwhelming if not treated immediately. Our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, can help to treat this condition with care and expertise at My Chicago Foot Expert, located in Chicago, IL. Please contact us at (773) 561-8100 for a consultation about preventing and treating these infections. Don’t forget to review our Patient Education Library for more helpful information about this subject.