Your Doctors Online Cured My Athlete’s Foot!

Your Doctors Online Cured My Athlete's Foot!
Medically reviewed by Dr. Fatima Dar

Read On How An Online Doctor Helped Ava With Athlete’s Foot!

I am Ava, and swimming is my passion. However, I never realized that would lead to an athlete’s foot. 

The last two toes of my left foot were very itchy!

I recently noticed itchy white patches between the last two toes of my left foot. Therefore, I tried a foot soak, properly cleaned the foot, and dried it. I thought it might be a bug bite or skin irritation. After that, I applied a soothing lotion and stopped wearing socks to see if that helped.

I checked other body areas, and I didn’t have any other symptoms!

Soon my skin started peeling, and the itching worsened. I applied over-the-counter antibiotic creams to see if that helped. However, the patches seemed to be spreading. I started doing regular foot soaks and exfoliating my skin, thinking that maybe removing the top layer would help, but that didn’t make any difference either.

Sick of my symptoms, I decided to seek help from an online doctor!

Whatever I did, it made no difference. My foot looked hideous, and it was only getting worse. So finally, I decided to sign up on your Doctors Online to seek medical advice. I shared a picture of my toes with the doctor and started chatting with the online doctor as soon as I was connected. 

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The online doctor diagnosed me with an athlete’s foot!

She took a while and asked me several questions. After that, she diagnosed me with an athlete’s foot. She told me the common symptoms of athlete’s foot, including:

  • Itching or burning between the toes
  • Peeling skin
  • Discolored and thickened nails
  • Nails that appear to separate from the nail bed

The doctor told me I had a ‘toe web type’ of athlete’s foot, the standard type. Now I understand why she had earlier asked if the skin was peeling on other areas of my feet. The condition is contagious. She told me that another type, Moccasin’s athlete foot, affects the bottom of the feet, edges, and heels. The area can be raw for a few days, and the skin can thicken. It can also affect the nails.

I was provided a prescription to treat athlete’s foot

The doctor told me that an athlete’s foot treatment includes topical antifungals such as miconazole, terbinafine, or clotrimazole. Still, in case of severe conditions or worsening symptoms, the doctor prescribes prescription-strength topical antifungals or oral antifungals. 

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The doctor guided me about preventive measures as well!

Some of the measures that help prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Wash your feet with soap and water, and dry the areas between the toes.
  • Washing socks and towels properly
  • Using an antifungal spray, power, or cream 
  • Don’t share items of personal use, such as towels, socks, or shoes
  • Avoid walking around bare feet in public showers and around swimming pools
  • Change socks daily 

This is how I could pinpoint the cause. It usually occurs between toes, and swimming pool changing rooms are a standard transmission mode. 

Within a few days, I was doing much better. I am glad I found this online platform; I was relieved to eliminate an athlete’s foot!

FAQs On Athlete’s Foot Added By Your Doctors Online Team!

What is an athlete’s foot?

An athlete’s foot is a fungal infection. It is also known as tinea pedi. The condition results in skin peeling, itching and. It usually affects the toes of the foot but can affect the heels, sides, and nails. 

How to get rid of an athlete’s foot?

Antifungal creams, sprays, powders, and gels eliminate the condition. 
Oral antifungal pills are used if topical treatment doesn’t work. Mild symptoms can benefit from essential oils such as tea tree, bitter orange, or peppermint. 

How to cure an athlete’s foot?

To treat athlete’s foot topical medications include clotrimazole, miconazole, or terbinafine. Oral pills include fluconazole, itraconazole or terbinafine.

What causes an athlete’s foot?

It is spread by skin-to-skin contact or contact with infected surfaces such as towels, shoes, or socks.

How do you know if you have an athlete’s foot?

If you have symptoms such as white patches, skin peeling, and itching between toes, you may haveathlete’ste’s foot.

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