Tinea Pedis, also known as Athletes Foot, is an infection of the skin (usually on your feet) that is caused by fungi. If you’ve had, or have, tinea pedis, you know how much discomfort it can cause. Tinea pedis can be extremely itchy and painful, while it can occur on any area of the foot, it typically finds its home in the space between your toes. Athlete’s Foot is spread by coming in contact with infected skin scales or exposing your skin to areas that harbor fungi, such as, gym showers, locker rooms, swimming pools, or even boots that you wear frequently and cause your fee to sweat. In the beginning, tinea pedis has the appearance of red and patchy scales. As it progresses, it can develop into cracks and even spread to your toenails or ooze pus and have a foul odor. While Athlete’s Foot is not life threatening, it can certainly be uncomfortable and embarrassing.
There are many topical treatments and creams that are available to help ease the uncomfortableness of Athlete’s Foot but the first step in avoiding or treating it is prevention! Unfortunately during winter, many people suffer from this condition due to the dark, damp environment caused by wearing boots.
- Keep any surface that an infected foot has touched, extremely clean. This may include bedsheets, floors, or even house shoes.
- If you shower in a public place or use a gym locker room, invest in a pair of flip flops to wear.
- Wash your feet! Make sure you wash them at least once a day and make sure they are completely dry before putting on socks or shoes!
- Make sure you always wear clean socks! If your feet sweat a lot, make sure you change your socks throughout the day. The fungus that causes Tinea Pedis thrives in dark and damp environments.
- When you’re at home, let your feet breathe by going barefoot as much as possible.
- If you feel like your feet are sweating often, you may want to try using an over-the-counter foot powder. Foot powder can decrease the dampness and friction that may happen between your toes, when your feet are sweating.
- If you get frequent pedicures, ensure that the instruments and foot tubs are cleaned properly before using them.
Tinea Pedis is a very common condition that is easily remedied. If you have tried over-the-counter topical medication, but aren’t seeing any relief, please contact us to schedule you’re an appointment.
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