Athlete’s Foot

Consult An Experienced Healthcare Professional To Get The Right Treatment And Care

Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection that affects the skin of your feet and the space between the toes. It occurs in people whose feet are exposed to warm, moist or damp environments such as wearing tight or thick shoes for long hours. 

Although the symptoms might be mild and complications are rare, it is essential to seek expert medical care to reduce future complications. 

Therefore, as soon as you notice any unusual symptoms on your foot, such as itchiness, rash, or white patchy skin between the toes or foot, you need to contact an urgent care clinic immediately.

Common Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot​

If you notice any telltale signs of Athlete’s foot, you can contact the Family Urgent Care clinic and visit us for early treatment and care. Some common symptoms include:  

  • Itchy white patches between the toes
  • Scaling, peeling, or cracked skin 
  • Skin looks red or brown on the affected area.
  • Itchiness, burning, or stinging, especially when you remove your socks or shoes.
  • Dry, scaly skin on the bottom or side of the foot

Can an Athlete’s Foot Spread?

Yes, athlete foot can spread to healthy individuals from damp and wet environments, such as public showers or pool areas. It can also occur if you touch an affected foot or use any contaminated belongings from the affected person.

As long as the person has a fungal infection on the feet, it is contagious and spread from person to person. Therefore, if you have an athlete’s foot or are at a higher risk of developing a fungal infection, you need to be cautious and practice healthy foot hygiene by avoiding warm and damp environments. You can also visit an urgent care clinic for proper counseling and care from experienced healthcare providers.

Who Is At More Risk Of Athlete’s Foot?

Some people are at a higher risk of developing athlete’s foot than others. Such people include:

Athletes, Swimmers or Gym-goers: Some sportsmen or women who wear tight socks and shoes for hours or frequently use communal showers are at a higher risk of developing a fungal infection, as the fungi thrive in warm environments.

People Who Wear Closed-Toe Shoes: Some construction workers or soldiers wear tight, closed shoes for a long period of time. 

Individuals Who Have Skin Conditions: Some pre-existing skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis, can make a person more susceptible to fungal infections.

Elderly Individuals: Some elderly people with less mobility and weak immune systems can also suffer from athlete’s foot, especially if they do not dry their feet after bathing. 

People Who Excessively Sweat: Some people with hyperhidrosis, which means excessive sweating on the feet, armpits, and hands, are at a higher risk of fungal infections.

If you can relate to any of the above-mentioned groups, you need to be extra cautious and practice foot hygiene to prevent athlete’s foot in the future, especially if you have diabetes or suffer from any other immunocompromised conditions like HIV or AIDS.

How You Can Prevent Athlete’s Foot?

Remember that the fungus grows in warm, moist, and closed areas. Therefore, make sure not to give a favorable environment for the fungus to grow. Here are some handy tips to prevent athlete’s foot this summer:

  • Avoid wearing tight and thick shoes or socks for long hours.
  • Completely dry your foot after exercising, bathing or removing your shoes. 
  • Wear shower shoes or flip-flops when walking around pools, gyms or locker areas. 
  • If someone around you has athlete’s foot, make sure not to share any clothes, towels or shoes. 
  • Take off your shoes at home and allow your feet to be exposed to the air.

When Should You Visit A Nearby Doctor For Athlete’s Foot?

  • If you notice any signs of inflammation, such as pain, swelling or pus in your feet and fever. 
  • If you have an itchy rash that doesn’t improve within two weeks of taking over-the-counter medicines.
  • If your symptoms are not improving even after taking antifungal medicines
  • You have a recurring fungal infection.
  • If you have diabetes and you suspect athlete’s foot symptoms, you need to consult a healthcare professional without any delay.
  • If you have any immunocompromized condition like HIV or AIDS along with an athlete’s foot, contact the doctor right away.

How Can Family Urgent Care Help In Recovering From Athlete’s Foot?

It’s time to say goodbye to the troublesome fungal infection, as our team is here to turn the irritating symptoms into relief by giving you personalized treatment and counseling you on practicing foot hygiene. 

Once you visit Family Urgent Care for Athlete’s foot, our healthcare providers examine your feet, ask you about any other unusual symptoms and take a culture test if necessary. The doctor then prescribes appropriate topical or oral antifungal medications, depending on the severity of your infection. 

Not to mention, if your symptoms do not improve and you wish to consult a healthcare professional, you can also book a same-day phone or video appointment within minutes and consult our healthcare experts without any hassle of commuting to the clinic.

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