Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that usually begins between the toes. It occurs most commonly in people whose feet have become very sweaty while confined within tight-fitting shoes.
Signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot include a scaly rash that usually causes itching, stinging and burning. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be spread via contaminated floors, towels or clothing. This condition is closely related to other fungal infections such as ringworm and jock itch.
If your athlete’s foot is mild, your doctor may suggest using an over-the-counter antifungal ointment, lotion, powder, or spray. If your athlete’s foot doesn’t respond, you may need a prescription-strength medication to apply to your feet. Severe infections may require antifungal pills that you take by mouth.
It is not hard to get rid of athlete’s foot unless you have an underlying condition like contact dermatitis. Otherwise, it responds well to foot soaks, topical antifungal medication, and clean socks and shoes.
The best treatment for athlete’s foot is the proper cleanliness protocol. Clean shoes and always wearing clean cotton socks are very important. Foot soaks with anything that kills the fungus (diluted bleach, vinegar, iodine, alcohol, etc.) and topical antifungals applied to the affected areas twice a day.
Athlete’s foot can heal very quickly if the correct medications are applied and proper cleanliness protocol applied. The skin discoloration, peeling, blisters, and itching can take 10-14 days to clear up.
You do not have to throw away your shoes if you have athlete’s foot unless they were worn without socks, have dirt in them, or you have another skin reaction to the material or color dyes.
Cleaning your house after an outbreak of athlete’s foot is a good idea, but not absolutely necessary. The fungus only grows in damp places, will not grow without a food source, and is easy to kill with minimal disinfectants.
Athlete’s foot can get very bad. In some cases, the blisters can introduce bacteria that can cause severe infections that require hospitalization.
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