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Athletes foot treatment

Athlete's foot is a common skin complaint which affects the sole of the foot and the area in between the toes.

What is athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection which results in the development of a red, itchy rash particularly in the spaces between the toes (inter-digitally). The contagious condition is not restricted to athletes and can be spread from person to person when they walk on a contaminated surface. For this reason, athlete's foot is most commonly spread in areas in which people often walk barefoot, such as swimming pools and nail salons.

What athlete's foot treatments are available?

There are many different types of treatment available to help relieve the symptoms of athlete's foot. The following are some of the most common and effective treatments;

Self-care 'general foot care and looking after your feet is a good preventative measure and treatment option in the management of athlete's foot. Taking care to ensure feet are washed with soap and water on a regular basis and drying the feet thoroughly after washing will help to treat the infection. It is also advised that patients wear clean socks which are changed daily to help prevent the warm, moist environment in which fungus thrives.

To prevent the spread of the infection patients are also advised not to share towels and ensure flip-flops are worn in commonly contaminated areas such as gyms and swimming pools.

Antifungal medications 'antifungal preparations are also commonly used to treat athlete's foot infections and can come in many forms including creams, sprays, powders and liquids. The medication works by killing off or slowing the growth of the fungi that cause the infection. As well as topical antifungal medications oral treatments are available but are usually reserved for more severe cases of athletes foot.

A podiatrist will be able to assess your foot to determine whether you require athlete's foot treatment and what treatment is best for you.

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