Are you noticing red, dry, cracking and itchy skin between your toes, or on your soles? You may be one of those lucky Americans experiencing symptoms of athlete’s foot. Little wonder with the heat that’s gripping the nation – your feet are probably in a big sweat! Adding moisture to heat and lacing your feet into shoes where they can stay damp for hours is the perfect recipe for developing fungus. Unpleasant symptoms include:
- Dry cracked and peeling skin
- Treat your feet and shoes simultaneously. It does no good to treat your feet, only to have the infection return because it’s alive and well in your shoes.
- Bathe daily and wash your feet. Gently dry, even between toes. Use a bath glove or wash cloth on the feet and then throw them in the laundry.
- Apply over-the-counter spray or ointment. Many cases can be treated at home, but if you don’t begin to get relief in a few days, see Dr. Vargas as you may need a prescription strength formula.
- Wear light, well ventilated shoes, but when at home, allow your feet some free air time.
- Keep feet dry by changing socks frequently. Natural fiber socks are ok, or synthetic fiber designed to wick moisture away from skin. Change them as often as necessary to keep feet dry. Launder them in hot water to kill the fungus.
- Don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day. Allow shoes air and drying time.
- Always wear foot protection in public areas. Pools, gyms, showers and locker rooms great hiding spots for this fungus.
- Sharing shoes is a definite no-no.
In general it can be so fretfully annoying as to cause you to lose concentration in situations that require your attention, like on the job and while driving. Thankfully, it is treatable. There are treatment options and steps you can take at home to relieve the discomfort. They include:
Prescription strength medication may be topical ointment or your doctor may order an antibiotic. Make sure you apply or take the medication according to directions for the recommended length of time. It simply won’t due to have this return, just when you think you have it cured. You should notice an improvement in a couple of days, but if you don’t, call Dr. Vargas at (281)313-0090 or (281)342-8700. He can evaluate your athlete’s foot condition and order medication sure to clear your problem. Don’t suffer with it any longer.