Dealing with athlete’s foot? It may be time for a PediCare!
What is athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot (Tinea Pedis) is a fungal infection of the skin, usually originating between the toes where it’s moist and dark. It is one of the most common fungal problems that occur on the feet.
Where does athlete’s foot come from?
Fungal infections of the skin are caused by a wide variety of fungi. You may be exposed to fungus a variety of ways, but it commonly spreads through contact with damp communal areas such as locker rooms, showers, and around pools.
What are the symptoms of athlete’s foot?
Signs of a fungal skin infection include general pain or burning and the formation of rashes, blisters, cracks, or peeling. Often, there can be additional discomfort, itching, stinging, or even infection resulting from open fissures on the feet.
How is athlete’s foot diagnosed?
Athlete’s foot is usually self-diagnosable. However, some other conditions such as diabetes and psoriasis (a potential sign of arthritis) can lead to similar symptoms and severe complications. It’s important to consult a podiatrist if your fungal skin infection is not clearing up with conservative treatment.
What are the dangers of athlete’s foot?
If left untreated, any fungal infection can present serious problems. In addition to the general worsening of symptoms over time, fungal infections of the skin can eventually spread to the nails if left untreated.
How do I prevent athlete’s foot?
Protecting the feet from infection is the only way to prevent athlete’s foot completely. This would mean wearing socks or shoes in communal areas, including in public showers. Proper hygiene is also critical to maintaining foot health. Wash thoroughly between toes where fungus likes to grow most.
How is athlete’s foot treated?
Fungal skin conditions are treated in a variety of ways, each with varying success rates. Prescription-strength anti-fungal creams and oral medications are often prescribed for moderate to severe infections. If the infection has spread to the nails, anti-fungal nail polishes, antimicrobial shoe sprays, and specialized socks can be combined with other treatments to eliminate all fungus quickly and prevent any infection from recurring.
FAAWC Medical Nail Salon
If you have athlete’s foot, visit the FAAWC Medical Nail Salon for a PediCare today. Our Certified Medical Nail Technicians are trained to provide pedicure (and manicure) services under the direction of a licensed podiatrist, which means better healing as well as great pampering. Call 740.363.4373 today for an appointment!Leave a reply