Picture the scene; you are congratulating yourself for sticking to your gym routine every day for the past two weeks. But this one morning when you put your jump sneakers on, you suddenly feel an itch, and it doesn’t go away. Before you know it, you have pink toes and an itch that won’t disperse. This is where athlete’s foot comes in. Athlete’s foot is a condition commonly caused by a fungal infection that feasts on your skin.
Athlete’s foot can be treated, and you can get rid of it by using over-the-counter antifungal creams or powders, and basic hygiene is also very important. When you find out that you have athlete’s foot, it’s important to wash your feet twice a day and dry them very well in between the toes. Avoid using the same towel because the fungus can spread very easily. It can be very contagious, so you don’t want to wash with one’s towel.
After you’ve dried the feet, you can rub in some antifungal cream. If you’re going to wear socks, you can sprinkle some anti-fungal powder in your socks. This will help keep the feet dry and safe from bacteria. You can apply the same procedure in the evening. This procedure is extremely important. You can use it for at least one to two weeks, and stop using after you don’t see any sign of the infection.
Nevertheless, it can just come back since the fungus also breeds in the dark, moist areas, so you have the opportunity not to wear socks, you can do that as well. You can wear your flip-flops, but don’t walk barefoot when you are at the gym because that will pick up somebody else’s athlete’s foot. This is because they walk barefoot on the tiles and that’s where you can easily pick it up. However, if you are at home, you can take the socks and shoes off. Ensure to keep the inside of your socks dry to avoid fungus.
The diagnosis of athlete’s foot can typically be made by a doctor very easily with a routine exam in the office. It is important to differentiate this problem from other common skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema, which commonly will also present in a similar fashion. When the diagnosis is endowed, a skin biopsy may be performed to confirm this. This is usually a painless exam that a specialist can easily perform in the office.
Athlete’s foot can take on many different forms and appear very different. The patient can experience itching and burning in between the toes, but you also could see it as a red scaling rash on the bottom of the foot or small blisters that occur in various locations on foot.
Contrary to popular belief, this is not just for people who are more athletic. It could occur in just about anyone. We do see it with a greater frequency amongst diabetic patients in the older population, and any individual whose feet tend to perspire a lot will be predisposed to having this problem.