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Find out the best measures you can take to prevent athlete’s foot.
Despite its name, anyone can develop athlete’s foot even if they aren’t athletes. This fungal infection creeps into the skin where it causes a nasty, itchy red blistering rash to appear on your feet, often between the toes. Whether this is an infection you face often or you just want to know how to safeguard yourself from it, our Clinton and Waldorf, MD, podiatrists - Dr. Larry Hotchkiss and Dr. Justin Pointer - have the answers you’ve been looking for.
How do you prevent athlete’s foot?
Fungus is all around us. Of course, fungus often thrives in environments that are damp, moist, warm, and dark. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that fungus can be found growing in locker rooms and communal showers, swimming pools and the gym. This is why it’s always a good idea to wear shoes or protective sandals in public bathrooms and showers. Not doing so could lead to a pretty nasty case of athlete’s foot.
Also, if you know someone who has athlete’s foot make sure you don’t share shoes, socks, or towels with them. Fungal infections are highly contagious, which is why it’s common for this infection to easily affect an entire family. While an infection is present in your household remove all bath mats and wash them in hot water. Keep all bath mats off the bathroom floor until the infection has fully cleared.
How do you treat athlete’s foot?
If you are a healthy individual then you may easily be able to treat this infection from the comfort of your own home. After all, there are over-the-counter anti-fungal medications available that can help treat and eliminate your fungal infection. Of course, if you have diabetes or a compromised immune system, or if you are dealing with a severe infection, then you’ll want to turn to our Waldorf and Clinton foot doctors right away for care. Also, if you find that at-home treatment isn’t reducing your symptoms or clearing the infection you’ll also want to see a doctor.
Southern Maryland Foot & Ankle in Waldorf and Clinton, MD, is dedicated to providing patients of all ages with the proper and thorough foot and ankle care they deserve. No matter whether you are dealing with athlete’s foot or you have questions about other services we offer, don’t hesitate to call our office to learn more.
Summer is quickly approaching, swimming pools opened and cook outs took place this weekend for Memorial Day and the staff at Southern Maryland Foot & Ankle in Clintion Maryland is ready to jump in the pool and cool off; we are aware of the fungus lurking around the pool, but are you?
Itchy irritating Athletes Foot could put a halt to your summer fun! Swimming pools and Athletes Foot are in the midst of a love affair and they are looking for you to form a love triangle. Public swimming pools and locker rooms are a breeding ground for tinea pedis, commonly known as athlete’s foot. Fungus thrives in moist warm areas and once it latches on to you it can difficult to cure. While attending the pool this summer it is important that you wear shoes or sandals while walking around and remember when using a public locker room or shower remember to wear sandals to protect yourself from being part of the love triangle. At Southern Maryland Foot & Ankle the signs of Athlete’s Foot are dry red and itchy skin, burning sensation in the skin and in some cases blistering on the skin of the foot. Athlete’s foot can spread into the toe nails as fungus, causing brittle discolored nails. It is important to remember that Athlete’s foot can spread in showers as well, so avoid a family epidemic and seek help from a podiatrist and end the love affair now with your Athlete’s foot.
Signs of Athletes Foot
- Dry, red, burning or itchy skin
- Blistering of the skin on the feet
Treatment of Athletes Foot
- Products available through your podiatrist such as Mycomist