Athlete’s Foot: Treatment and Prevention Strategies

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that typically begins around the toes. Common symptoms include itchiness, a scaly rash, skin inflammation, and burning sensations. Some forms of athlete’s foot can look like dermatitis or dry skin.

Unfortunately, athlete’s foot is contagious and can spread to other parts of the body, including the hands and face, and other people in your household. That’s why treating your athletes’ foot as soon as possible is key. Keep reading to learn more about treating your athlete’s foot with the help of the Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics.

What Are Your Treatment Options for Athlete’s Foot?

To provide the appropriate treatment for your athlete’s foot, Dr. Vivian Bucay will have to evaluate the severity of your case. Mild cases of athlete’s foot are generally receptive to over-the-counter ointments, while severe cases may require prescription creams or antifungals.

How To Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Even when athlete’s foot treatment is successful, you must take steps to mitigate the risk of recurrence. To help treat athlete’s foot and prevent a recurrence:

  • Keep Your Feet Clean: Wash your feet twice daily and dry them thoroughly, including between your toes.
  • Use an Antifungal Product: If you have athlete’s foot, continue treating your feet until the rash goes away.
  • Always Change Your Socks: Never wear your socks for more than a day. If your feet sweat frequently, change your socks throughout the day.
  • Do Not Go Barefoot: Keep your shoes on in public places and wear plastic sandals in pools, showers, and locker rooms.
  • Allow Your Shoes to Dry: Alternating shoes every day can allow time for your shoes to air out and dry, reducing the chance of developing a fungal infection.
  • Do Not Share Shoes: Do not let someone borrow your shoes, and do not borrow someone else’s shoes.
  • Do Not Scratch Your Feet: If you have athlete’s foot–or believe you may be developing a fungal infection–don’t scratch your feet. You could spread the infection to other parts of your body.
  • Wear Ventilated Footwear: Fungii prefers damp, moist areas. Avoid shoes manufactured with synthetic rubber or vinyl, as those materials do not let your feet breathe.

Athlete’s Foot Treatment in San Antonio, TX

To learn more about athlete’s foot treatment in San Antonio, TX, speak with a doctor at Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics. Schedule a consultation at 210-692-3000 for our La Casita office or 210-370-9995 for our Sonterra/ Stone Oak office.

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