Summer is just around the corner, and whether you’ll head to our shoreline, or a local swimming pool, these visits might leave your feet with more than just a sun-kissed look. In fact, walking barefoot in public areas such as pools, showers, and locker rooms is one of the ways that athlete’s foot is contracted, among other things like warts and fungus. However, the infection can spread by other means as well.
If the foot has an entry point, such as an open sore, a blister, or an ingrown toenail, fungal infections can take hold. Fungi thrive in damp, dark places, so it’s important to keep your feet dry. Once athlete’s foot starts, it’s easy to recognize. Usually occurring between the toes, the infection causes the skin to peel. You’ll experience itching, and blisters may also appear.
Typically treated with over-the-counter topical creams, one of the concerns of athlete’s foot is its spread to the toenails. Resolving fungal nails is very difficult, because it is hard to reach the fungi that lives beneath the nail with creams. Prescription medicines can have serious side effects, and effective laser treatment can be costly. Treating athlete’s foot early and quickly will decrease your chances of developing this complication.
Remember, athlete’s foot is contagious, so don’t share towels or shoes with others. If your infection isn’t responding to creams purchased at the drug store or you are having pain or redness, then you should seek medical attention. Don’t hide your feet due to the discomfort and embarrassment of athlete’s foot. Dr. Sanjay Patel and his friendly staff will treat your fungal infection, and get your feet back in shape for summer. Call today for an appointment--Hamden, CT office at (203)288-4055, or the Milford, CT office at (203)876-7736. You can also request an appointment online.