Athlete’s Foot is a common fungal infection that develops on the feet either between the toes or over the bottom surface of the foot. Most cases of Athlete’s Foot can be treated with topical antifungal medication. However, fungal infections are stubborn and often recur over time. To completely eliminate athlete’s foot, it is necessary to change the environment that is allowing the fungus to grow, and eliminate the infection with antifungal medication.
Reasons for treatment
Fungal infections are difficult to treat. They can often persist for years. When athlete’s foot develops, the initial symptoms are itching, burning, redness, and stinging. If left untreated, skin can blister and crack, leading to serious and debilitating skin infections. When they have persisted for a long time, they often no longer itch, causing patient's to believe that they are merely suffering from dry skin.
It is important to see a physician if you suffer from Athlete's Foot. Excessive redness, swelling, drainage and even fever can be a sign that a bacterial infection is also occurring. People with diabetes and medical conditions that compromise the immune system should seek treatment immediately for Athlete’s Foot.
How athlete’s foot treatment is administered
The treatment of athlete’s foot depends on the type of fungal infection and the severity of the infection. The best results are obtained with early treatment before the fungus has taken hold.
It is important to keep the infected area clean and dry. Fungus thrives in dark, moist environments. The moisture that develops in shoes and socks combined with the lack of sunlight to the feet provides an ideal environment for fungal growth. The best way to care for your feet at home is to keep feet dry, change socks periodically throughout the day, and wear shoes or shoes that breathe.
When topical medications fail to eliminate athlete’s foot, doctors may recommend prescription oral antifungal medications. Athlete’s foot symptoms may disappear shortly after the oral antifungal medication takes effect, but it is important to continue with the full course of treatment. Recurrence of fungal infection is common, and each time symptoms appear they should be fully treated.