Athlete’s Foot Symptoms
A rash between the toes, on the soles, and on the sides of the feet characterized by flaking, peeling, or cracking of the skin. Blisters may develop. The area is very itchy and may burn. Often the toenils are discolored or ragged with fungal debris beneath the nails.
Athlete’s Foot Causes
Fungi that infect the superficial layer of skin. Athlete’s foot fungi are commonly spread in public facilities such as gyms, showers, and swimming pools.
Athlete’s Foot Treatment
Topical antifungal cream, powder, or spray on infected areas. It’s important to apply the cream to all areas of the foot, including between the toes. Oral antifungal medications may be necessary if the fungal infection is severe or if blisters have -developed. Toenail fungus (tinea ungium) is most effectively treated with oral antifungal medication.
Athlete’s Foot Prevention
Keep feet dry. Use antifungal powder regularly, especially if athlete’s foot is a recurring problem. Wear cotton socks and change them frequently if you sweat a lot. Avoid wearing damp socks or tight shoes in which fungi can grow. Protect your feet with waterproof footwear (flip-flops or water shoes) at public showers or swimming pools.