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Athlete’s foot can happen to anyone. Find out what you can do to stop it.
You don’t have to be an athlete to develop this fungal infection in your feet that leads to a scaling itchy rash that may burn, sting or crack. In most cases, this rash will develop between the toes or on the soles. No matter whether this is your first bout with athlete’s foot or you develop infection regularly, our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy think it’s important that you understand more about this common infection so you know not just how to treat it effectively when it comes about but also how to prevent it in the future.
What is athlete’s foot?
Also referred to as tinea pedis, this itchy and contagious infection is caused by the tinea fungus. You can get athlete’s foot by coming in contact with someone who has this infection or by touching contaminated surfaces. Remember, fungus loves dark, warm and damp spaces such as locker rooms and communal showers.
Is it preventable?
Even though this fungal infection is contagious it is preventable with the proper hygiene and habits in place. If someone in your family has athlete’s foot the goal is to prevent it from spreading. The best way to do this is to not share towels, bath rugs, socks or shoes with the infected family member.
If you are someone who is prone to athlete’s foot you may want to point the finger at those sweaty shoes of yours. If you find that your feet sweat regularly the worse thing you can do is leave your feet in the same shoes day in and day out. Swap out shoes every 24 hours and give the used pair time to air out. Place an anti-fungal spray or powder in the shoes both before and after use. Also, wear socks that help wick away sweat and moisture.
Take your athlete’s foot prevention a step further and invest in some shower shoes. These sandals are important for protecting your feet in a college dorm bathroom, swimming pool area or gym locker room floor, where fungus loves to live.
I have athlete’s foot. Now what?
There are simple topical anti-fungal treatments you can find at your local drugstore that may be able to clear up the infection. Remember to follow the medication’s instructions exactly as directed to ensure that it’s effective. If symptoms are severe, worsen or don’t respond to at-home treatment (or if you have diabetes) you should schedule an appointment with one of our foot doctors.
If you are dealing with athlete’s foot and you’re not sure the best way to treat the infection, or if your symptoms are severe, call the experts at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. With offices in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, we make it easy to get the foot care you need.
There are some simple measures you can take to prevent this fungal infection from infecting those around you.
Athlete’s foot is a pretty common and unpleasant fungal infection of the feet that leads to burning, stinging and red itchy skin. While the problem can be easily treated, the one issue our Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton, and Kensington, MD, podiatrists see quite often is that this fungal infection can quickly spread like wildfire to other members of the infected person’s family. So, if you have athlete’s foot what can you do to make sure that you don’t infect anyone else? Just follow these simple measures:
Know What to Disinfect
When you have athlete’s foot it’s important that you pay special attention to what things should be cleaned regularly and more meticulously. Laundry is a perfect example. Make sure that any clothing, socks, towels or bedding that have been exposed to the infected person are washed separately in hot water (at least 140 degrees F). If water isn’t hot enough it won’t be able to kill the fungus. For any white clothing or materials, you can also use bleach with hot water.
Keep Surfaces Clean
We all know that every member of your family shares the bathroom; unfortunately, this moist, warm location is a hotbed for athlete’s foot because fungus loves thriving here. As our Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton, and Kensington foot doctors will tell you, one way to prevent the spread of athlete’s foot to other members of your family is to make sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect the tub and bathroom floors after the infected person has showered or bathed.
Have questions about treating athlete’s foot? Need medical care for another foot condition? Don’t hesitate to turn to the experts at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. We offer five convenient locations to serve the Silver Spring, Kensington, Clinton and Olney, MD areas.