Athlete's Foot: Get the Facts!
There is a fungus among us! Fungi thrive in warm and moist places which can be found all around us. It doesn’t take much for a fungal infection to occur, which is why conditions like fungal toenails and athlete’s foot are so common — and why it’s essential to know how to protect yourself!
What is Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete’s foot got its name because athletes are frequently found in gym locker rooms and in sweaty shoes, where the fungus that causes the condition is frequently found as well! However, don’t let the name fool you into thinking non-athletes are immune to the problem. On the contrary, this condition can happen to anyone! Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection related to ring worm and jock itch, and all it needs to enter the skin on your feet is a small cut, scratch, or abrasion.
Typically, symptoms of athlete’s foot are first spotted between the toes, and include a red, itchy, and scaly rash. It may also burn, crack, peel, or even blister. The rash is contagious and can easily spread to other parts of your body as well as other people, via contact with the person or with contaminated surfaces. Athlete or not, it’s important to be proactive in order to avoid this condition.
Reduce Your Risk!
By taking a few precautionary measures, your risk of getting athlete’s foot will significantly decrease. This is especially important for those with conditions like diabetes that compromise the immune system. You can take steps to prevent athlete’s foot in the following ways:
- Keep your feet dry – and don’t forget between your toes!
- Change out of sweaty socks as often as necessary. Sure, you might have more laundry, but it’s worth it!
- Alternate the shoes you wear so they have time to dry out after each use.
- Even better, opt for moisture-wicking socks and shoes made of breathable materials
- Treat your feet and footwear with anti-fungal sprays or powders
- Don’t go barefoot in public places with warm, damp environments, like that gym locker room we mentioned, or pool decks, saunas, and public restrooms and showers.
- Don’t share workout wear! Never borrow socks, shoes, or towels.
- Ask us about our UV sanitizers which eradicate microorganisms in your footwear.
Athlete’s Foot Treatment
If the fungus finds your feet despite your best efforts, there are a few home remedies for athlete’s foot, but truth be told, they may not be enough. Some people find relief with foot soaks containing ingredients like tea tree oil. You can also try over-the counter topical medications however, prescription-strength oral or topical options typically yield better results and are more likely to keep the condition from coming back. If you really want to cure athlete’s foot and not just mask the symptoms, make an appointment with us as soon as the tell-tale signs show up. If you notice a rash between your toes – don’t wait! Get the help you need right away before the fungus has the chance to spread.
You can reach our Troy or Clifton Park, NY office to make an appointment by dialing (518) 273-0053, or by using our online contact form. Don’t let athlete’s foot sideline you from doing the things you love. Get rid of the rash by giving us a call today!