Athlete’s foot is an infection of the skin and feet that can be caused by a variety of different fungi.
General signs and symptoms are;
- Scaly red rash
- Blisters or ulcers
- Itching of the feet, especially between the toes
- Bad smell of feet
It is caused by various species of Fungi.
If there is sign of an infection in feet that do not respond to proper foot hygiene and no improvement within two weeks, it is recommended to go to a General Practitioner or a Dermatology specialist in near days.
It is based on clinical assessment. If it does not respond to medication it can be useful to further test like biopsy.
There is some useful advices:
- Medications such as creams, sprays, powders, antifungal pills.
- Dry feet after washing.
- Use a separate towel for feet and wash it regularly.
- Take shoes off when at home.
- Wear clean socks every day.
- Do not scratch affected skin.
- Do not walk around barefoot.
- Do not share towels, socks, or shoes with other people.
- Do not wear the same pair of shoes for days in a row.
- Do not wear shoes that make feet hot and sweaty.
How do you get rid of an athlete’s foot fast?
What will happen if an athlete’s foot is left untreated?
If left untreated, it can spread to a nail and cause a fungal nail infection. The infection can spread to other areas of skin, such as the hands.
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