The rise of drug-resistant fungi on the feet or elsewhere on the body is an alarming and underappreciated trend in healthcare. Cases of severe invasive fungal infections are increasing, and the costs of treating these infections are a growing concern. Currently, there are limited classes of antifungal drugs, but new treatments are being developed. Beyond new drugs, researchers are exploring the possibility of fungal vaccines. These vaccines could be a game changer, especially for high-risk patients, as they may protect without antifungal drugs. Predicting and diagnosing fungal infections remains challenging, but advances in understanding genetic risk factors can pave the way for early interventions. The future of combating drug-resistant fungi lies in developing new drugs, improving diagnostics, and preventing infections in vulnerable individuals. If you have athlete’s foot or any other fungal foot infection, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Suncoast Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.
What Is Athlete’s Foot?
Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.
The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:
- Thoroughly washing and drying feet
- Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
- Using shower shoes in public showers
- Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
- Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot
Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:
- Scaly and peeling skin
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Ocala, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.