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Posts for: August, 2015
Treating and Preventing Athlete’s Foot.
Seeing a podiatrist is recommended if the fungus does not improve after 2 weeks of proper foot hygiene. Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS will determine if a fungus is the exact cause of the problem. If a fungus is the cause medication may be prescribed that is either oral or topical. If the infection is caused by bacteria an oral medication may be prescribed.
It is not always easy to prevent athlete’s foot if you spend time in areas where it is common such as showers, dressing rooms, or locker rooms. You can prevent infection by practicing proper foot hygiene.
Tips for proper foot hygiene:
- Wear light and airy shoes
- Wash feet daily, dry carefully especially between the toes
- Reduce perspiration by using talcum powder
- Change shoes and socks regularly to decrease moisture
- Wear socks that keep your feet dry
- Chance socks frequently, especially if you perspire heavily
- Avoid walking barefoot
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What is Athlete’s foot?
Athlete's Foot (tinea pedis) is a skin disease caused by a fungus. It usually occurs between the toes. It usually attacks the feet, because wearing shoes creates a dark, warm, humid environment which is where fungus grows. There are other types of conditions that appear similar to athlete’s foot. Some other conditions may be caused by reactions to dyes in shoes, eczema, psoriasis, and a disturbance of sweat glands.
Athlete’s foot was given its name, because it most often appears in sport facilities such as locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools.
- Dry skin
- Itching and burning
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