foot (tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that usually begins
between the toes. It commonly occurs in people whose feet have
become very sweaty while confined within tight-fitting shoes.
foot is closely related to other fungal infections such as
ringworm and jock itch. It can be treated with
over-the-counter antifungal medications, but the infection
often recurs. Prescription medications also are available.
tips can help you avoid athlete’s foot or ease the symptoms
if infection occurs:
Treat your feet. Try over-the-counter antifungual creams or a
drying powder two to three times a day until the rash
your feet dry, especially between your toes. Go barefoot to
let your feet air out as much as possible when you’re home.
Dry between your toes after a bath or shower.
good socks and change socks regularly. If your feet get very
sweaty, change your socks twice a day. Buy socks that are made
of natural material, such a cotton or wool, or a synthetic
fiber designed to draw moisture away from your feet.
light, well-ventilated shoes. Avoid shoes made of synthetic
material, such as vinyl or rubber.
Alternate pairs of shoes. Don’t wear the same pair every day
so that you give your shoes time to dry after each use.
Protect your feet in public places. Wear waterproof sandals or
shoes around public pools, showers and lockers rooms.
Treat your feet. Use powder, preferably antifungal, on your
share shoes. Sharing risks spreading a fungal infection.
foot usually causes a scaly red rash. The rash typically
begins in between the toes. Itching is often the worst right
after you take off your shoes and socks. Some types of athlete’s
foot feature blisters or ulcers. The moccasin variety of
athlete’s foot causes chronic dryness and scaling on the
soles that extends up the side of the foot. It can be mistaken
for eczema or even as dry skin. The infection can affect one
or both feet and can spread to your hand — especially if you
scratch or pick at the infected parts of your feet.
SEE A DOCTOR
have a rash on your foot that doesn’t improve after
self-treatment, see your doctor. If you have diabetes, see
your doctor if you suspect you have athlete’s foot,
especially if you notice any signs of a possible secondary
bacterial infection such as excessive redness, swelling,
drainage or fever.
foot is caused by the same type of fungus that causes ringworm
and jock itch. Damp socks and shoes and warm, humid conditions
favor the organisms’ growth.
locker rooms and public showers are often blamed for spreading
athlete’s foot, the environment inside your shoes is
probably more important Athlete’s foot is contagious and can
be spread by contact with an infected person or from contact
with contaminated surfaces, such as towels, floors and shoes
is probably more important. Athlete’s foot becomes more
common with age.