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By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
June 06, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Find out how to handle this itchy, uncomfortable fungal infection.

Treating Athlete's Foot

Whether you forgot to wear sandals in the gym shower or your child came home with a nasty bout of athlete’s foot, there are many reasons why you might end up dealing with this unpleasant fungal infection. Sure, it’s not a serious problem for a healthy individual but you will want to know what to do to treat the problem effectively and keep it at bay in the future. Our Stoughton and Madison, WI, podiatrist, Dr. Neal Katz, is here to tell you what you can do about athlete’s foot.

How to Treat Athlete’s Foot

While athlete’s foot is seemingly easy to catch it isn’t always the easiest to get rid of. Luckily, most over-the-counter anti-fungal treatments tailored specifically for athlete’s foot may be all you need to fight the infection. While some people may swear by at-home remedies such as tea tree oil, sunflower oil, and vinegar, if you want a faster and more effective approach, it’s highly advised that your first trip should be to your local drugstore to pick up an OTC anti-fungal medication.

Of course, if you have diabetes, a compromised immune system or if you are dealing with a serious and uncomfortable bout of athlete’s foot, then you will want to turn to our Stoughton and Madison foot doctor for more advanced and immediate care. Not everyone responds well to at-home treatment and those with diabetes may find that even the simplest infection can turn ugly if it isn’t handled in an effective and timely manner. We can offer more aggressive medications (whether topical or oral) to target and eliminate that annoying athlete’s foot.

Preventing Athlete’s Foot

There are certainly specific safety precautions you can take to prevent athlete’s foot from happening to you. Athlete’s foot is highly contagious, so if a member of your family has it, it is important that you do not share shoes, socks, towels, or bath mats with this individual until the infection is completely clear. Also, make sure to disinfect the tub after each use.

If you are in public restrooms, locker rooms, pools, or gyms, these warm, dark environments are just perfect for fungus to thrive and multiply. This is why it’s imperative that you wear protective shoes or sandals whenever you are in these settings to prevent a fungus from infecting your feet.

Are you dealing with a severe or persistent bout of athlete’s foot? Do you need advice on lifestyle modifications to reduce your risk of athlete’s foot in the future? If so, don’t hesitate to call our Madison and Stoughton, WI, podiatry team today to find out what we can do to help. We offer three convenient locations to serve you better.

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
March 27, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athletes FootAthlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.

The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.

Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:

  • Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
  • Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
  • Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
  • Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
  • Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
  • Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection

Treatment

A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.

Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.

With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!



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