At any one time in the United States, up to 25% of the population is suffering from athlete’s foot. If you’re one of these people, it’s important to call or make an appointment online today at Huntington Beach Foot Doctors in Huntington Beach, California before your athlete's foot spreads or worsens.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that starts between your toes when your feet become sweaty while wearing tight-fitting shoes. Athlete's foot also results from exposure to damp surfaces that those already infected have come into contact with, including:
Athlete's foot ranges from somewhat annoying to extremely uncomfortable. It starts as a rash between your toes that itches, especially right after you remove your socks and shoes. Other signs include:
Huntington Beach Foot Doctors diagnoses your athlete’s foot by performing a physical examination of your rash. A sample is taken from the infected area and examined under a microscope to confirm a diagnosis and rule out other conditions. A small sample of the infected area is also sent to a lab for further testing.
For mild cases of athlete’s foot, Huntington Beach Foot Doctors recommends using an over-the-counter antifungal medication.
For more severe cases, Huntington Beach Foot Doctors prescribes ointments, lotions, powders, or sprays. Several oral drugs can also help the more severe cases of athlete’s foot.
Regardless of the type of medication used, your feet should begin to feel better in a few days. However, it often takes up to a month for the medicine to get rid of your athlete's foot entirely.
Several actions can help reduce your chances of getting athlete’s foot. These include:
Whether you’re poolside, in the locker room, or using the shower at the gym, water shoes and flip flops help protect your feet from exposure to the fungus that causes athlete’s foot.
Alternating your shoes gives each pair a chance to dry between uses.
Socks, especially those made out of cotton, help absorb moisture. It’s also good to change your socks more than once a day.
Let your feet air dry whenever possible and give them, and your shoes, a break when you’re relaxing at home.
If your feet itch from athlete’s foot, call or make an appointment online at Huntington Beach Foot Doctors in Huntington Beach, California.