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By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
February 08, 2015
Category: Foot Health Tips
Tags: fungus   Athlete's Foot  

Athletes Foot , also known as tinea pedis, is a superficial fungal infection of the skin.  It is the same fungus that is in tinea cruris (jock itch) and can also appear on the scalp or hands.  Often, the fungal infection can spread into the toenails, where it is especially difficult to treat.

Some people believe that athlete's foot only occurs between the toes or that if it doesn't itch or burn it can't be athlete's foot--but neither case is true.  In fact, oftentimes people think the skin on the soles of their feet is dry, where there is actually a significant fungal component.

There’s a fungus among us”.  Fungus is an environmental pathogen and can be found virtually everywhere.  It does prefer warm, dark, moist environments, such as occurs in public locker rooms, pools and health clubs.  However, plenty of people can get athlete’s foot without ever having been in such public places.  Fungus can be found in your own bathroom, no matter how well you keep it clean, in your shoes, on your floors.

Why do some members of a household get athlete’s foot while others manage to avoid it?  There may be a genetic susceptibility to fungal infections, just as some people catch colds more easily than others.  Some members of the household may naturally perspire more than others or have different personal hygiene habits. And sometimes it is just plain luck.

The keys to prevention include keeping the feet clean and dry; using powder on between the toes, wearing socks/stockings made of materials that wick away perspiration and avoiding (if possible) wearing the same shoes every day.  For those who perspire heavily, there are medicated lotions that can help in this regard.  Active cases need to be treated aggressively with topical medications and the prescription varieties tend to be more effective in this regard.

For more information about athlete’s foot, products to help prevent infection or a list of preventive measures or if you have other questions about foot problems you’d like answered, visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com.  You can also call for an appointment at 732-382-3470

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