Athlete’s Foot

r_1_aThe basics:

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is caused by a fungal infection in the skin.

Acute athlete’s foot often shows itself with moist scaling between the toes and the occasional small blister and/or fissure. The infection breads when the blisters break, and there is a risk of a secondary infection.

Chronic athlete’s foot is normally associated with fungal-infected toenails. This is characterized by a dull redness to the skin and pronounced scaling (sometimes giving the foot a “moccasin” appearance). It normally does not itch or have blisters.

Diagnosis:

Diagnosis can normally be determined on sight by a trained doctor, but a definite diagnosis is made by taking a scraping of the skin and culturing it (results may take up to three weeks). Other doctors may examine the skin scraping under a microscope to make a diagnosis.

Treatment:

Treatment should control the fungal infection, and nay secondary bacterial infections should be treated with oral antibiotics.

There are also steps you can take to improve your foot health, including:

  • Soaking the feet in Epsom salts and warm water
  • Wearing sandals to reduce moisture

If you struggle with this condition, please call now for an immediate appointment: (706) 802-1800.

(For more information, see PodiatryNetwork.com.)

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