Athlete's Foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a skin disease caused by a fungus that usually occurs between the toes. The fungus attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment that encourages fungus growth. Warm, damp areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms, are also breeding grounds for fungi.
Symptoms of Athlete's Foot I see in my office include drying skin, itching, scaling, inflammation, and blisters on and between the toes. Toenail fungus is the leading cause of athletes foot.
You can prevent Athlete's Foot by:
- Not walking barefoot, particularly in public pools and locker rooms.
- Reducing foot perspiration by using talcum powder.
- Wearing light and airy shoes.
- Wearing socks that keep your feet dry, and changing them frequently if you perspire heavily.
While fungicidal and fungistatic chemicals are usually used to treat Athlete's Foot problems, they often fail to contact the fungi in the lower layers of the skin. For persistent Athlete's Foot, a prescription topical or oral antifungal drug may be needed.
Since toenail fungus is a very common cause of athletes foot, sometimes we need to address the underlying pathology and treat the source of infection first, which is ultimately fungus in the toenails.
Note: Please consult one of our physicians before taking any medications and you can reach us at 863-299-4551.