Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that can infect individuals who expose their feet to moist surfaces. There are several repercussions you can take, according to your Butte and Bozeman, MT, foot doctors, that will help prevent or manage this foot condition.
Although mostly associated with athletes, athlete's foot can infect anyone. Here are some of the symptoms you may suffer from:
- Scaly rash
- Stinging and burning sensation
- Moist, raw skin between toes
There are several preventative measures to take according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association:
- You should wear shower shoes, flip-flops, or sandals when near pools, and in gyms, or public showers and locker room areas. You need to also take the necessary precautions when in hotel rooms since athlete’s foot fungus may be on the floor.
- Keep your feet clean and dry. The fungus thrives when your feet are wet and when you're wearing tight-fitted shoes. This is especially a problem when it's hot outside and your feet sweat profusely.
- Make sure you wash your feet every day with soap and water, then completely dry them.
- Avoid synthetic socks. Wearing socks made from natural fabrics, or fabrics that quickly dry and/or wick moisture to help keep your feet dry.
- Change your socks when they get wet, instead of waiting for them to dry while on your feet.
- Don't wear the same shoes every day. Give your shoes a chance to air out and dry before wearing them again.
- Don't share towels, linens, or shoes with someone who has athlete's foot.
Athlete's foot shouldn't be a serious problem but if it takes too long to heal, you need to speak to your foot doctor. If you have any questions or concerns about athlete's foot, call your Butte and Bozeman, MT, foot doctor today!