Athlete’s Foot Not Serious, but it’s a Challenge
ATHLETE'S FOOT IS VERY COMMON
With the hot summer months among us, a contagious fungal infection that affects the feet is very common.
Athletes foot is typically not serious but, it can be challenging to treat.
Athlete’s foot affects the skin on the feet and can spread to the toenails.
“A lot of people know it from dry, itchy areas between the toes that they cant get rid of. They put powder on it, they put things over the counter on it and it just kinda festers,” according to Tony Green a foot and ankle specialist.
Green , with the Center for Orthopedics , says it’s called athlete’s foot because it’s commonly seen in athletes, but, anyone can contract it, especially in the summer.
Green also says,”You see it in people who have a job that they sweat a lot. Within boots, within cleats in athletes. We’ll see a lot of different redness areas of infection on there.”
The fungal infection is spread through contact.
Doctor Green says it’s more itchy than it is painful.
“When it’s itching alot, then you start scratching it and then it starts irritating, and then it starts hurting. But the first signs and symptoms are itchy, maybe some redness. Some people in between the toes it’ll look like you sat in the bathtub for a long time. You know we get prune hands, you’ll get some little areas of maceration between the toes.”
One of the most common reasons athlete’s foot lingers is because people don’t treat their shoes, so they continuously reinfect their feet.
“You can take wadded up newspaper or paper towels and spray them down with Lysol and stuff them in the shoes and just leave them there overnight. That’ll kill the fungus in there. It’ll also kill other bacteria. One of the neat ways of doing it is taking your shoes and putting them in a garbage bag and sticking them in a deep freezer overnight.
That kills the fungus and the bad shoe smell. If you take those steps and use over the counter anti-fungals, your infection should clear within a couple of weeks . If it doen’t you might need a prescription medicine.