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Athlete’s Foot Treatments near Gurnee in Racine, & Kenosha

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is the most common fungal skin infection. Its official name is tinea pedis. However, it’s commonly referred to as athlete’s foot because it regularly infects individuals who confine their overly sweaty feet in closefitting footwear.

Athlete’s foot typically presents itself as a scaly rash. The affected area often develops peeling skin and/or blisters. Even mild cases often cause uncomfortable burning and itching sensations that can worsen if left untreated. In more serious cases, open sores can also make the foot susceptible to bacterial infections.

Athete’s foot is a kind of ringworm. It’s closely related to tinea capitis, commonly known as “jock itch,” which affects areas around the groin. When the infection affects the scalp, it’s referred to as tinea capitis. And when it infects other parts of the body it’s known as tinea corporis.

Athlete's foot

If you suffer from athlete’s foot in Gurnee, IL or the surrounding areas, Great Lakes Foot & Ankle Centers can help eliminate the infection. Our foot and ankle specialists in Racine, WI and Kenosha, WI regularly treat athlete’s foot in all of its stages. We take your pain and discomfort seriously and will work to help you find the relief you need.

Diagnosis

Athlete’s foot has a number of distinct visual characteristics. So in many cases, our podiatrists can diagnose such foot infections simply by looking at them. In some cases, our staff may take a scraping from your skin and grow a culture. Or the doctors may perform a separate skin scraping for examination under the microscope.

Treatment

There are a wide variety of treatments for athlete’s foot. Simply changing your footwear may be enough to clear up some infections. Other common solutions include topical antifungal powders and antifungal creams. More serious cases of athlete’s foot may require antifungal pills.

Our podiatrists consider the severity of the infection and the health of the patient when determining a treatment plan. Individuals with weakened immune systems and those with diabetes should immediately seek medical advice if they develop athlete’s foot. When combined with such pre-existing conditions, athete’s foot can lead to more serious complications.

How To Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Keeping your feet clean is the easiest way to prevent athlete’s foot. To do so, wash your feet with soap and water every day. Because the fungus grows best in moist environments, avoid tight-fitting footwear, especially when working out. It’s also important to fully dry your feet after bathing or exercising.

It’s also a good idea to have more than one pair of shoes. Using an already moist pair of shoes dramatically increases the chances of infection. So if your shoes are still damp from a previous workout, use an alternate pair.

Athlete’s foot can be very contagious. So it’s best not to walk around barefoot in public places like swimming pools or locker rooms. Instead, wear a pair of waterproof sandals when traversing public areas, especially showers. And avoid sharing towels, linens, or footwear with anyone that has athlete’s foot.

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