Athlete's Foot Treatment in Bellevue, NE
What is Athlete's Foot?
Athlete's foot is a skin infection that generally begins in between the toes. It looks like a rash, but it is actually a fungus that grows on the top layer of skin or in it. Athlete's foot can spread from feet to hands, the groin or other parts of the body. It's not a serious condition, but it can be difficult to cure, especially for those suffering from diabetes.
There are three different types of athlete's foot:
- In-Between the Toes: A "toe web" infection. It's usually situated in between the fourth and fifth toes, causing the skin to become scaly, peel and crack. It can include a bacterial infection, which will cause additional skin issues.
- Sores on the Foot: A "moccasin" type infection. This involves little sores on the foot that can eventually lead to the skin on the bottom of the foot becoming thick and cracking. In severe cases, it can also affect the toenails, causing them to become brittle, crack and fall out.
- Blisters: A "vesicular" infection. The blisters are filled with fluid and usually appear suddenly on the bottom of the foot, but can appear anywhere on the foot. This type of athlete's foot can also involve a bacterial infection.
Athlete's Foot Prevalence
Men are more likely than women to get athletes foot. And of course those who play sports are more likely than those who don't. The most common places for exposure are locker rooms and shower areas, including swimming pool shower areas. It can also grow in your shoes if you continue to wear your shoes after athlete's foot manifests on the feet.
Athlete's Foot Symptoms
The symptoms of athlete's foot are not necessarily the same for every person, but some of the most common symptoms include:
- An area of the foot that itches, burns or both
- Skin on the feet that is pealing, cracking and/or scaling
- An area of the foot that is red and/or has blisters
- Dry or raw skin on one or both feet
- Toenails that are discolored, crumbling, thick and/or pulling away from the nail bed
Athlete's Foot Diagnosis and Treatment
Your healthcare provider may only need to look at your feet in order to determine if you have athlete's foot. On rare occasions, a skin test may be performed. This would involve scraping off a small portion of infected skin, placing the sample in potassium hydroxide, and then looking at it under a microscope to see if fungal cells are present.
Most cases of athlete's foot can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal or at-home remedies. A few of these options include:
- Lotrimin AF or Lotrimin Ultra
- Soak feet in warm water and vinegar
- Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes
- Tea tree oil
If over-the-counter or home remedies are unsuccessful in eliminating your athlete's foot, your healthcare provider may choose to prescribe a prescription strength medication, but cases this severe are very rare.
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