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What is Foot Fungus?

Foot Fungus: Symptoms and Treatment Methods

Athlete’s foot is an unpleasant fungal infection that affects the skin of the feet. It usually manifests itself with symptoms such as itching, bright red rashes, peeling and irritation. Athlete’s foot, which is both a common and contagious skin disease, tends to develop especially in humid and hot environments, when wearing tight shoes and when protective measures are not taken. Here is more information about the types, symptoms and treatment methods of athlete’s foot:

Types of athlete’s foot:

Toe Fungus (Intertriginous): This is the most common type of athlete’s foot. It usually develops between the smallest toes. It can lead to itching, burning, scaling and even infection spreading to the soles of the feet.

Macerotic (Hyperkerotic): Causes irritation, dryness, itching and flaky skin on the feet. Left untreated, the skin can thicken and develop cracks. It can affect large areas and edges of the sole of the foot.

Blistering (vesiculobullous): This is the least common type. Water-filled blisters may form under the sole of the foot. The blisters may burst, causing irritation and discomfort. It can develop between the toes or on the top or bottom of the sole of the foot.

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot:

Athlete’s foot usually starts between the toes or on the soles of the feet, but it can also spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms may include

  • Red, shiny rashes
  • Intense itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Flaky or scaly skin
  • Unpleasant odor
  • Dandruff on the soles of the feet
  • Water-filled sores or blisters

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Foot Fungus Treatment Methods:

Treatment of athlete’s foot can vary depending on the severity and prevalence of the infection. Treatment approaches may include:

Topical Creams and Lotions: For mild infections, creams and lotions containing antifungal (fungicidal) ingredients may be prescribed. These products are applied directly to the infected areas.

Oral medicines: For more common or resistant infections, doctors may prescribe antifungal medicines by mouth. These medicines prevent the fungus from growing inside the body.

Special Treatment for Nail Invasion: If the nails are also infected, treatment may take longer. In this case, special fungicidal nail polishes or medicines may be used.

Home Care Tips: To speed up the treatment process and reduce the risk of reinfection, you should clean your feet regularly, dry them thoroughly, wear cotton and breathable socks, and choose wide and comfortable shoes instead of closed shoes.

Hygienic Precautions: To prevent fungal infection, you should avoid going barefoot in public places, do not share personal belongings with others and avoid damp environments.

Athlete’s foot can be a serious condition, but it can be controlled with early diagnosis and appropriate treatment.