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How to Identify Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot, also known as Tinea Pedis, causes redness, itching, burning, and can lead to blisters or sores. Most frequently, the effects of Athlete's Foot are a result of warmth and humidity in environments such as running shoes, locker rooms, pools, and public baths. There are four types of fungus that lead to Athlete's Foot by attaching to dead tissue of the toenail, hair, and outer skin.

How to check for Athlete's Foot

1. Check the heel and sides of the foot for dry, cracked, scaly skin, or blisters.

2. Check the webbing between the toes for itch or scaling.

3. Inspect the foot for any redness or flaking.

4. Monitor the areas for any change or expansion of reddening or dryness.

5. Have a physician test any questionable looking or feeling skin.


How to prevent Athlete's Foot

1. Wash and dry feet thoroughly daily and any time they are exposed.

2. Wear shower shoes in public showers, locker rooms, etc.

3. Dry moist feet thoroughly, especially between the toes.

4. Use a quality foot powder to keep feet dry and protected.

5. Wear shoes that allow feet to breathe.


How to treat Athlete's Foot

1. Keep feet clean and dry.

2. Often, Athlete's Foot will respond to topical antifungal medications.

3. Sometimes, oral medications are prescribed for combating fungus.