Foot Fungal Problems


The most common fungal problems associated with the feet are Athlete's Foot and fungal nails. Fungus thrives in dark, warm, moist places. It can grow on the feet, between the toes, and on the toenails.

Causes are not keeping the feet clean and dry, walking barefoot by pool areas or in locker rooms, wearing shoes that do not provide ventilation, and a weakened immunity system.

Signs of athlete's foot are dry skin, itching, scaling, inflammation, and painful blisters. It typically starts between the toes and may spread to the bottom and sides of the feet. The fungus is usually picked up from a moist area. Fungal nails can be contracted from a case of athlete's foot, by using artificial nails, or by an injury to the nail. If you suspect that you have a fungal problem a podiatrist can help.

After evaluating your feet through a comprehensive examination a podiatrist will arrive at a diagnosis and treatment options.

Many medications can help with fungal problems. Success depends on a combination of medication and self-care.

Athlete's foot, if not severe, can be treated with over the counter and prescription powders, lotions, ointments, or sprays. If your case is severe your podiatrist will prescribe a stronger medication. Fungal nails are treated with prescription topical or oral antifungal medications.

If there is a secondary infection an antibiotic may be prescribed as well. Your podiatrist may also recommend trimming, filing, or grinding away the infected portion of the nail and possibly may decided to remove the nail entirely.

To prevent fungal problems alternate shoes so they have a day to dry out, dry your feet thoroughly after they become wet, use a foot powder to absorb perspiration, change socks often, wear sandals or thongs near pools, in locker rooms, or in public areas that are moist.

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