Athlete's foot is a fungal infection on the skin of the foot. It is characterized by itchy, moist, white, scaly lesions between the toes that can spread to the sole of the foot. Another form of athlete’s presents as dry, peeling skin between the toes A burning sensation may be felt between the toes. The area affected often becomes red and itchy. Toenails may become thick and discolored. The fungal infection can last three to four weeks.
Athlete’s foot is contagious and spreads through contact with infected skin scales or fungi in areas such as swimming pools and bathrooms, or from sharing shoes of an infected person. It is a chronic infection that can recur after treatment.
Treatment of athlete’s foot includes antifungal skin creams or oral medicines. The skin creams should be applied to the affected area in small amounts at least once a day.for 1 - 2 weeks. A medicated powder may also be given to help keep the feet dry.
- Wear clean socks made of cotton and change them often to keep your feet dry.
- Avoid walking barefoot in public areas. Wear proper shoes that support good air circulation to your feet.