The soreness and irritation normally begin between your toes, but it can soon extend to your soles, outsides of your feet, and even other regions of your body. If the infection gets worse, you can get a scaly rash that stings and burns, as well as cracking, peeling, and blistering skin that oozes. Oh, no! The symptoms are usually worse shortly after you remove your sore.
So, how did the fungus track you down? Actually, you’ve discovered it! Athlete’s foot can be contracted by walking barefoot in public spaces such as saunas, locker rooms, showers, and pools. Although these are the most common sources of infection, you can also get it from things in your own house, such as bath mats, carpets, bed linens, shoes, other people, and even pets! Because the illness is highly contagious, it’s critical to take care to prevent it from spreading.
Wash your feet every day and thoroughly dry them, particularly between your toes. Fungus doesn’t like clean, dry feet! You can further discourage it by using an anti-fungal powder. Change your socks at least once a day, especially if your feet become sweaty, and switch up your shoes. This will allow them to dry out completely.
Natural materials, such as cotton for socks and leather for shoes, are also recommended. These allow moisture to escape and feet to breathe. Put on some shower shoes or sandals to protect your feet in public places, and whatever you do, don’t share towels or footwear!
Don’t be concerned if you run upon this issue. As soon as you notice the symptoms, go to your local pharmacy and purchase antifungal medication. It’s usually available as a powder, spray, ointment, or lotion. If you don’t observe any improvement after a while, you might need prescription-strength drugs, either topical or oral.
Don’t be afraid of the fungus; instead, try to avoid it! Dr. James B. Baldwin, FACPM, can assist you. For more information or to seek treatment for your athlete’s foot, call (804) 273-1717 or visit us at Achilles Foot and Ankle Center in the Greater Richmond Area. You can also reach us online or find us on Facebook.
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