Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a common fungal infection that usually develops between the toes of one’s foot.
Despite its name, athlete’s foot is a non-discriminatory infection in that it can be present on both athlete’s and non-athlete’s feet. The fungus typically attacks the foot because when shoes are worn, the foot becomes a warm, dark and moist environment where growth can easily occur.
You may find the location of the infection living anywhere on the foot including the heel, back or top of foot, toe webs and sole. Athlete’s foot is closely related to other fungal infections such as jock itch and ringworm.
What Are Symptoms Of Athlete’s Foot?
How Is Athlete’s Foot Diagnosed?
The symptoms alone, as mentioned above, are enough for a medical provider to be able to determine if you are experiencing athlete’s foot. If simply looking at the infected area is not enough to determine the diagnosis, a skin test may be ordered. It is important to seek medical attention for a diagnosis as athlete’s foot is contagious.
What Treatment Is Available?
If a medical provider from MyCare Express Clinic has deemed your infection as fungal, a treatment plan will take place. Typically, an antifungal prescription will be provided, which will either be taken by mouth or applied topically. If the provider has deemed the infection is bacterial and NOT fungal, an antibiotic such as penicillin will be prescribed.
How to Prevent Athlete’s Foot
Who is more at risk for more severe flu virus symptoms?
Pregnant women, young children, people suffering from a chronic medical illness and adults 65 or older are among the groups at higher risk of complications from the flu. For example: a person with a lung disease may develop pneumonia quicker and easier than someone who does not have a lung disease.
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