Athlete’s foot or tinea pedis is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin of the feet and can spread to the toenails and sometimes the hands. The fungal infection is called athlete’s foot because it’s commonly seen in athletes. Some of the common symptoms include itching, stinging, burning between the toes, blisters, cracking and peeling skin on the feet, most commonly between the toes and on the soles, dry skin on the soles or sides of the feet, raw skin on the feet, discolored, thick, and crumbly toenails.
HOW IS ATHLETE'S FOOT DIAGNOSED?
The medical practitioner will be able to diagnose Athlete’s foot by simply looking at the condition of the skin. He may advise tests if required which are: • A simple office test called a KOH exam to check for fungus or yeast • Skin culture • A skin biopsy may also be performed with a special stain called PAS to identify fungus and yeast
HOW IS ATHLETE'S FOOT TREATED?
It resolves without medication in 30-40% cases. Topical antifungal treatments can be used. Ayurvedic and homeopathic medicines can be used to treat the foot. Also oral medications of fluconazole and anti itching medicines can be given.
DID YOU KNOW?
Patients can soak their feet in a mixture of warm water and diluted vinegar for relief.