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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
September 04, 2015
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

What’s red and itchy and spreads all over your feet and between your toes? Athlete’s Foot. Also known as tinea pedis, this fungal infection is the most common type treated by Dr. Philip S. Pinsker in his Southwestern, PA practice.

What Causes Athlete’s Foot?

The fungus that causes Athlete’s Foot actually already lives on your feet but it doesn’t become a problem when feet stay clean and dry. If you wear tight shoes where your toes are cramped , a moist, hot environment develops, providing the perfect breeding ground for the fungus to develop into tinea pedis. Athlete’s Foot is highly contagious by direct contact or from surfaces that have been touched by others with the infection. That means sharing socks and shoes can be a way of contracting the fungal infection. Also, walking barefoot in public areas like community swimming pools, gym locker rooms, and beach changing areas all greatly increase your risk of contracting this irritating and painful skin condition.

Treatment for Athlete’s Foot

In addition to redness and itching, you may get blisters that ooze, peeling or scaling skin, inflammation, and stinging. Once Dr. Pinsker has examined your foot and diagnosed Athlete’s Foot, he will determine the best treatment for you. Depending on the severity of your infection, treatment options may include the following:

  • Anti-fungal powder
  • Topical or oral anti-fungal medication
  • Antibiotics if there is an accompanying bacterial infection

If left untreated, Athlete’s Foot can spread to other parts of your body.

Preventing of Athlete’s Foot

You can help prevent Athlete’s Foot by taking the following steps:

  • Wash feet twice daily. Dry thoroughly and use antifungal powder.
  • Wear clean cotton socks and change when damp.
  • Choose footwear that is not constricting to the toes and feet and that is made of breathable material.
  • Always wear flip flops or sandals when walking in public places or using public showers.

If you believe you have Athlete’s Foot, contact our Washington, PA office today at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment.

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