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Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's Foot - Dermatologist in Jackson, MSTinea pedis, or Athlete’s foot, is caused by a fungus that usually appears between the toes. This skin infection occurs on your feet due to the warm, humid and dark environment that provides the perfect conditions for the fungus.

The name of the condition is due to the fact that it is prevalent in athletes who spend a good deal of time in and around locker rooms, showers and swimming pools where the fungus likes to live.

…the fungus can spread.

Athlete’s foot causes itching and burning sensations, and can easily be spread to other parts of the body.

For example, if you have Athlete’s foot and you scratch it, and then touch another part of your body without washing your hands first, the fungus can spread.

The most common places for the Athlete’s foot fungus to spread to are the underarms and the groin, as both have the right environment for it to thrive. It can spread from one person to another this same way.

The best way to prevent Athlete’s foot is by not giving the fungus the right type of environment to grow in. This involves following proper methods of hygiene, and keeping your feet dry and clean.

What are the symptoms of Athlete’s foot?

The main signs of Athlete’s foot include scaly and dry skin, itching and burning sensations on your feet, blisters and inflammation (swelling).

If you allow the Athlete’s foot fungus to grow without treatment, the infected parts of your skin may begin to crack and bleed. You may notice a very bad odor as well, which mainly occurs when other types of bacteria invade your dry, cracked and blistered skin.

However, this bacterial invasion is more likely to occur in people with other medical conditions, for example, those with diabetes, impaired immune systems, and chronic leg swelling, as well as the elderly and people who have had portions of their veins removed for various reasons.

If you think that you have Athlete’s foot, call Dr. Price in order to receive a proper skin care regimen to treat the fungus.

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How can Athlete’s foot be treated?

There are many ways to treat Athlete’s foot. A dermatologist or trained medical doctor can prescribe an anti-fungal cream like clotrimazole or miconazole. These creams should be used for up to four weeks in order to ensure that all of the fungus has been taken care of. In cases of extreme Athlete’s foot, which can involve bleeding, swelling and redness, an antibiotic may have to be prescribed, as these are signs of a bacterial infection.

To prevent Athlete’s foot, or to stop a minor infection in its tracks, make sure that your feet are constantly kept clean and dry. This will change the environment that the fungus prefers, and keep it from growing and spreading. You should also wear shoes that are light and airy, allowing for plenty of air circulation. Make sure that they are made of a natural and breathable material like leather. Non-natural types of materials, like vinyl, will not allow your feet to breathe properly. The socks that you wear should be properly absorbent in order to wick the water away from your feet. Cotton is a good material.

Lastly, use a good-quality medicated foot powder or soak your feet in a solution of aluminum acetate, as this will keep them dry.