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Athletes Foot

Athletes Foot Treatment

 

Overview

Athlete’s foot is an inflammatory condition that affects warm, moist parts of the body. It’s not just for athletes and doesn’t limit itself to feet. For example, it is also commonly found in the groin as jock itch, and soldiers have commonly contracted it in warm, wet climates (“jungle rot”).

Athlete’s foot is contagious and thrives in humid body environments. Its causes include:

  • Fungus (tinea – same fungus as jock itch)
  • Bacterial infection
  • Allergies
  • Psoriasis

Who needs to be treated?

Any guy can contract athlete’s foot. Anyone with suspected symptoms should be tested and treated.

Symptoms appear:

  • On the bottoms of feet
  • In space between the toes
  • On the toenails
  • On the palms
  • In the groin
  • On other warm, moist parts of the body

Symptoms include:

  • Blisters
  • Oozing and weeping
  • Itching / stinging / burning
  • Flaking / scaling / peeling
  • Redness and irritation
  • Thickness, yellowing or crumbling (toenails)
  • Cracking and fissuring (severe)

These symptoms can look like symptoms of other conditions besides athlete’s foot. Only medical testing can tell you for sure.

What are risk factors?

If you’ve ever been part of a sport’s team, joined the YMCA, or purchased “vintage” shoes, you already know some of the risk factors of athlete’s foot. They include:

  • Walking barefoot on gym, locker room, pool, or public shower floors
  • Wearing shoes from a previous owner
  • Wearing shoes or clothes that don’t breathe
  • Wearing shoes without socks
  • Sweaty / constantly wet feet

What does treatment involve?

Treatment begins with an exam and a simple skin test to rule out other conditions. If a test is positive, treatment can include topical creams, steroids, or oral antifungal/antibacterial medications.
Athlete’s foot isn’t serious, but it can be hard to get rid of. Early testing and treatment will increase your chances of healing sooner. Athlete or not, we’re here to get you “back on your feet.”

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