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An athlete’s foot or Tinea pedis is a fungal skin ailment that often initiates between the toes due to excessive foot sweat within tight shoes. The condition is contagious, transmitting through contaminated floors, towels, or clothing. Spread occurs via contact with infected skin scales or fungi in moist environments like showers and pools.
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Hi Dr. Nicole, I have itching, blisters, and redness, in web spaces of toes. Can you help me?
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- Terbinafine 1%
- Apply twice a day for four weeks
Symptoms and Causes
Dermatophyte fungi cause athletes’ foot called tinea pedis, like those causing ringworm and jock itch. Favorable conditions, like damp footwear and humid environments, facilitate fungal growth. It is highly contagious and can spread via surfaces and physical contact. Scratching can lead to self-inoculation, and though the fungus can grow on various body parts, feet, particularly between toes, are most commonly affected. Common symptoms include:
- Persistent rash not improving in two weeks of self-treatment
- Scaly, peeling, or cracked skin between the toes
- Inflamed skin, varying in color based on skin tone
- Itching after wearing shoes and socks
- Dry, scaly skin on the foot’s bottom
- Burning or stinging sensations
Seek urgent medical care if:
- Pus oozing or crusted blisters
- Swelling with red and itchy skin
- Diabetes patients suspected of athlete’s foot
- Nail involvement: discoloration, thickness, crumbling
The risk is elevated with closed shoes, extended foot moisture, excessive sweating, and minor skin or nail injuries, with transmission occurring through direct contact or exposure to shared items like shoes, socks, showers, or pools.
FAQs About Athlete's Foot
What is the strongest treatment for an athlete's foot?
The best treatment for athlete’s foot is antifungal treatment via topical antifungal ointments or creams like terbinafine or clotrimazole. Both are effective in treating athlete’s foot. Depending on your condition, your doctor may prescribe you oral, ointment, gel, or spray-based antifungal formulation.
How long does an athlete's foot last?
In mild cases, the infection lasts a few days, while in the case of severe infection, recovery may take up to 1-2 weeks. If not treated properly, chances of remission increase. Consult a doctor at Your Doctors Online for the treatment and prescription of antifungal medications for athlete’s foot.
Are over-the-counter treatments as effective as home remedies for an athlete's foot?
Some over-the-counter antifungals are suitable for treating mild fungal infections and home remedies. They help reduce the severity of symptoms. However, they are insufficient for severe fungal infections as they return without proper antifungal treatment to kill the fungus.
Are there any potential risks or side effects using home remedies for athletes' feet?
Some home remedies like tea tree oil can cause burning and itching and don’t work on everyone. In some people, they can trigger rash and itching, causing allergic reactions. Therefore, consult a doctor before applying anything directly on the damaged skin.
What antifungal treatment can I use during pregnancy?
Some oral antifungal medications can be used during the first trimester of pregnancy for mild fungal infections like terbinfine. However, some oral antifungals should be avoided like econazole. From topical antifungals, the safest options are terbinafine and azoles. Consult our doctor at Your Doctors Online for the safe antifungal treatment during pregnancy.
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