Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that usually begins between the webs of the toes and soles of the feet. It commonly occurs in people whose feet have become sweaty in tight-fitting shoes like sportspersons'. Athlete's foot may spread to the palms, groin, etc. These infections are contagious and can be spread by walking on contaminated objects and floors. Athlete's foot may cause foot itching, burning, pain, and scaling.
HOW IS ATHLETE'S FOOT DIAGNOSED?
A doctor may diagnose athlete’s foot by the symptoms alone or may order a skin test if they aren’t sure if a fungal infection is causing your symptoms. A skin lesion potassium hydroxide exam is the most common test for athlete’s foot.
HOW IS ATHLETE'S FOOT TREATED?
Athlete’s foot can be treated with antifungal powders or creams that can help control the infection. In addition to that, a lot of care at home is suggested to recover from the infection. Keeping the area dry, washing feet often, wear clean socks, wear sandals or flip flops when in public areas, usage of foot powders, etc is also helpful.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tea tree oil has been successfully used as an alternative therapy for treating athlete’s foot.