Athlete’s Foot (tinea pedis) is a common fungal infection that develops in moist areas between the toes or on the soles of the feet. Athlete’s foot can be spread to areas like the palm, groin, and other areas on the body. It causes itching, burning, and stinging to the affected areas. Athlete’s foot is a treatable condition and Dr. Mary Noël George can assist you in finding the most effective treatment for you.
What Causes Athlete’s Foot?
A fungus starts growing in people whose feet have experienced a lot of sweat and wear tight fitting shoes. The common fungal infection grows and causes peeling of the skin, redness, itching, burning and in some cases blisters/sores. It is the same fungus that causes ringworm and jock itch. This fungi thrives in places that are warm, moist, and don’t get much air exposure. In rare cases athlete’s foot can be caused by things like yeast.
You don’t have to be an athlete to get athlete’s foot! Fairly contagious, it is often spread in public areas such as swimming pools and locker rooms. Athlete’s Foot can also spread through direct contact with contaminated objects such as rugs, linens, clothes, and towels. If you walk barefoot, especially in public places you are likely to increase you chances of coming into contact with the fungi. The risk of developing can be higher dependent on factors like your immune system, if you have open wounds, or if you have a conditions like diabetes.
Most cases of Athlete’s Foot, especially if treated early, most cases of Athlete’s Foot are treated easily with creams, lotions, and sprays. Your treatment will be customized for your case. If not treatedearly, athlete’s foot can become very stubborn, take weeks to see improvement, and can spread to the nails causing toenail fungus.
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Recurrence is common with athlete’s foot. Dr. Mary Noël George can help advise you with ways to prevent it with things like anti-fungal powders, keeping the feet dry, and avoiding exposure to contaminated areas.
Itchy or Burning Toes or Feet?
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