Athlete’s Foot Isn’t Just for Athlete’s
Athlete’s foot is a rash on your foot’s skin that is the most common fungal skin infection. It is caused by a fungus that grows on the top layer of your skin and thrives in wet, warm places like in between your toes. It spreads easily and is very tagious. You are likely to contract it by walking barefoot on a contaminated floor near swimming pools or locker rooms.
Here are the 3 types of athlete’s foot and their symptoms;
Toe web infection – occurs between the fourth and fifth toes. The skin will typically peel and crack, ultimately breaking down.
Moccasin infection – will start with soreness on the foot and the skin on the bottom of the foot will become thick and crack. Some cases the toenail can get infected and perhaps fall off. This will need a different treatment.
Vesicular infection – arises with an abrupt outbreak of pus filled blisters under the skin and can appear anywhere on the foot. A bacterial infection can also be contracted with this type.
How can I avoid athlete’s foot?
- Dry the areas between your toes after showering or swimming
- Wear cotton socks that absorb perspiration
- Keep your feet dry and clean always
- Don’t go barefoot especially in public spaces
- Use talcum or antifungal powder on your feet to help with moisture
- Let your shoes air out for 24 hours before you use them again
- Wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe
How can I make my feet stop itching?
- Use baking soda and water paste between your toes or on your feet – rinse thoroughly and dry your feet
- Dust cornstarch or powder in itchy areas
- Steep five tea bags in a liter of boiling water, let cool to a warm temperature, soak your feet for 30 minutes
- Apply an antifungal over the counter medication
Athlete’s foot isn’t a serious condition but can be hard to cure. More importantly If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system and believe that you have athlete’s foot you should call Mid – Michigan Foot & Ankle Center to schedule an appointment at 989-790-8009. Get rid of the itch and get back in the game!