Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Athlete’s Foot
The medical term for athlete’s foot is tinea pedis, which is a common fungal infection that usually develops between the toes of one’s foot.
Athlete’s foot is a non-discriminatory infection in that it can be present on both athlete’s and non-athlete’s feet. The reason this fungus most commonly attacks the foot is because when shoes are worn, the foot becomes a warm, dark and moist environment where growth can occur.
You may find the location of the infection living anywhere on the foot including the heel, back or top of foot, toe webs and sole. Athlete’s foot is closely related to other fungal infections such as jock itch and ringworm.
What Are Symptoms Of Athlete’s Foot?
• Skin appearing dry
• Swelling or inflammation
• Peeling or scaly skin
• Itching between the toes
• Burning between the toes
• Toenails that are discolored, thick and pull away from bed of nail
How Is Athlete’s Foot Diagnosed?
The symptoms alone, as mentioned above, are enough for a medical provider to be able to determine whether the symptoms you are experiencing are athlete’s foot. If by looking at the infected area is not enough to determine the diagnosis, a skin test may be ordered. It is important to seek medical attention for a diagnosis as athlete’s foot is contagious.
What Treatment Is Available For Me?
Before treatment can occur, it is important for the diagnosis of the infection to be determined as fungal or a non-infectious skin disease. If a medical provider from Midwest Express Clinic has deemed your infection as fungal, a treatment plan will take place. This may include:
1. An antifungal prescription which can be taken by mouth or applied topically
If a medical provider from Midwest Express Clinic has deemed your infection as bacterial, and NOT fungal, the following treatment may take place:
1. An antibiotic, such as penicillin, will be prescribed
Prevention Guide To Avoid Athlete’s Foot
• Keep your feet as clean and dry as possible
• Never re-wear socks. Always put on a fresh, clean pair
• Always wear shoes when in public places
• When using public shower rooms, wear sandals or flip flops while showering
• Keep your toenails clean and clipped
If you cannot seem to find relief for your feet, and at-home remedies are just not cutting it, visit Midwest Express Clinic. We are conveniently located in Blue Island, IL; Willowbrook, IL; Schererville, IN; Munster, IN; & Hammond, IN. We are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. No appointment is necessary, however virtual check-in is available to save your spot in line.
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