Athlete’s foot is a harmless fungal infection that happens to countless people every year. If you are someone who doesn’t wear your shower shoes at your local gym’s locker room or the community pool then you may find yourself prone to developing athlete’s foot. If athlete’s foot does happen to you, it’s important that you not only treat the issue but also know how to treat it so that it fully goes away. Here’s what to do if you find yourself faced with this fungal problem.
If you already know you have athlete’s foot then the next step is to treat it. More often than not this issue can be treated with over-the-counter medications. This means that you can easily go to your local pharmacy and find an anti-fungal medication that could clear up your athlete’s foot over time. Of course, if you are someone who gets athlete’s foot regularly, has severe athlete’s foot symptoms or you also have diabetes then you’ll want to see your podiatrist right away.
In some cases, over-the-counter medications aren’t enough to get rid of the infection. If this is the case then a foot doctor will be able to prescribe a much stronger antifungal cream or topical medication. It can take a couple weeks for symptoms to clear up. Make sure that you continue to use the medication until it is finished otherwise you could risk a reinfection.
In the meantime, there are ways to care for your feet either during an infection or after the infection has been treated to prevent another one in the future. This means keeping feet dry at all times, whether you are stepping out of the shower or the pool. Whenever feet get wet, thoroughly dry them off to prevent them from becoming a breeding ground for fungus to grow.
Look for footwear and socks that have breathable materials. If you are prone to sweaty feet, apply an antifungal powder to your feet or your shoes before putting on footwear. When you take your shoes off make sure to give them a full day to air out before wearing them again. You can also apply more talcum powder in the shoes to eat up the moisture while they air dry.
You’ll also want to protect your feet in public areas where fungus thrives. Local swimming pools, gym showers, and locker rooms are breeding grounds for fungus. Always wear protective sandals whenever you are in these environments.
Whether you are dealing with a nasty bout of athlete’s foot or you just have questions about ways to properly care for your feet, it’s the perfect time to turn to a podiatrist who has all the answers.