Athlete's Foot & Fungal Infections

Athlete's Foot & Fungal Infections

What are Athlete’s Foot and fungal infections?

 There are different types of fungal infections and Athlete’s Foot is one of them. It usually begins between the toes and includes an itchy scaly rash. It occurs commonly with people who walk barefoot through locker rooms, public showers, swimming pools or steam baths, or who become sweaty while wearing tight fitting shoes. Fungal infections are very contagious and can be spread through clothing, towels and even by walking on the floor.

How do I know if I have Athlete’s Foot or a fungal infection?

If you have Athlete’s Foot or another fungal infection, you will have an itchy, scaly rash that stings and burns. The skin on your feet may peel or crack. It may be red, or have blisters or bubbles that ooze.

It commonly occurs between the toes, but can also spread to the toenails, soles and the sides of your feet.

What are the treatments?

At the first sign of itching between your toes, you should consult a physician to determine if it is a fungal infection.

Antifungal medications applied directly to the skin can be effective.

In severe cases an oral medication may be necessary.

Keeping the feet dry will help to heal the infection and prevent it from recurring.