Athlete’s Foot Infections

Did You Know That There Are 3 Different Types Of Athlete’s Foot Infections?

athletes footIn this article we explore the symptoms of athlete’s foot and provide insight into the best way of treating and preventing the condition. Athletes foot is a fungal skin disorder. Also known as tinea pedis or toe fungus, it causes an itchy, burning rash to develop between the toes, around the nails and along the bottom of the feet.  Symptoms can also include peeling, scaling and cracking with some sufferers complaining of a mild “fungus like” odor.

Doctors have taken these general symptoms and split the disease into three broad types:

  • Athlete’s foot that occurs between the toes, typically between the fourth and fifth toes. This is sometimes referred to as into inter-digital athlete’s foot
  • Infections that affect the sole or heel of the foot, often taking on a scaly thickened characteristic.  Nail fungus infections (Onychomycosis) may also develop.
  • The development of blisters or pustules anywhere on the foot, including between the toes.  If these rupture, secondary infections can occur.

The treatment of athlete’s foot is generally carried out using topical antifungal medicines. See these Tineacide reviews for example. Other popular treatments include Lamisil AT and Tinactin.  It always makes sense to clear athletes foot infections up as quickly as possible. Cross infections to the nail are common and if left untreated can result in the complete loss of the nail.

In very advanced cases of athlete’s foot, where sufferers do not see success with applying topical antifungals, it may be necessary to consider a course of oral antifungal drugs. Your doctor will generally also recommend a series of parallel toxicity tests to ensure you don’t run the risk of negative side effects.

Most athlete’s foot infections can be prevented by keeping the feet and toes clean and dry at all times. If you attend a gym or other public environment where people walk around barefoot, it makes sense to wear protective footwear or shower shoes. Change your shoes and socks frequently, especially if they become damp from perspiration. Remember that fungi grow best in moist, dark, warm and airless environments so ensure that you are not creating these conditions.

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