Athlete’s foot is a skin condition caused by a fungus. This foot problem is fairly common because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment which encourages fungus growth. Not all foot fungus is athlete’s foot, so be sure to make an appointment to see Dr. Dustin or Dr. Spencer to get a correct diagnosis.
The symptoms of athlete’s foot usually include dry skin, itching, scaling, inflammation, and blisters. This type of foot fungus is very contagious, and it can be spread to the soles of the feet and to the toenails. It can also be spread to other parts of the body, notably the groin and underarms, by those who touch the infection and then touch themselves elsewhere.
It’s not easy to prevent athlete’s foot because it’s usually contracted in warm, wet places such as dressing rooms, showers, swimming pools, and anywhere bare feet come in contact with the fungus. You can diminish your chances of contracting athlete’s foot by washing your feet daily with soap and water, drying your feet carefully (especially in between the toes), changing your shoes and socks regularly, and using quality foot powder as needed.
The treatment for athlete’s foot usually includes topical or oral antifungal medications. Shoe powder should be used frequently, and feet need to be washed and dried regularly.